Get Published Weekly Roundup: December 11, 2017

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We had snow here in Charlottesville! Whether it is due to climate change, mere local weather patterns, or a sinister plot to make me unhappy, there is never snow before Christmas, and even the dusting we got is giving me a warm feeling in spite of it chilling my toes. In this week's Roundup, we'll warm your heart with another big-money contest, this one open to everybody, our usual agent info, and some pub industry musings at the end.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

A promotion and a new hire this week!

Adria Goetz has been promoted to Literary Manager at Martin Literary Management. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Christian topics in all age groups

Nonfiction: Christian nonfiction including Memoir; Lifestyle

In fiction, she seeks work "featuring diverse characters, nontraditional family structures, and character-driven narratives."

In nonfiction, she is looking for "lifestyle books that feature accessible recipes, craft tutorials, gardening basics, with quirky lists or other interactive elements."

Adria is accepting queries via email at Adria@MartinLiteraryManagement.com. More information about submissions may be found here.

Eva Scalzo has joined Speilburg Literary Agency as a Literary Agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; YA

Nonfiction: Not interested

"Multicultural romance [is] something I want to see more of. I support the #OwnVoices campaign to increase the diversity in Romance not just of the characters but also of its authors. As a Latina I love seeing my culture represented in the books I read, I want others to feel that way too."

Eva is accepting queries via email at speilburgliterary@gmail.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Do you have a short story about a sympathetic villain? A friendship forged over a good meal? A friendship with a sympathetic villain forged over a good meal? If so...

Fairytalez Best Villain Fairy Tale Competition—Submissions due January 3rd, 2018 (Short Story Contest—Gift Card, Promotion)

What: Up to three original or adapted fairy- or folk-tales, 300-5000 words each. Winner receives a $200 Amazon gift card, digital badges for use on a blog or website, and promotion across Fairytalez's social networks.

"Fairytalez wants to hear the other side of the story, the villains behind a so-called “happily ever after”! After all, as they say, even the villain is the hero in their own story."

To Submit: More information and contest guidelines may be found here.

Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing—Submissions due January 3rd, 2018 (Short Story Contest—Big £££ Prize)

Who: Writers of any nationality over the age of 18

What: New works of short fiction up to 2,500 words, with food or drink at the heart of the story. £10 entry fee. Winner will receive £10,000. 

“The short story (no poems) could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink."

To Submit: To pay the entry fee and submit your work, click here. More information on contest terms and conditions here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: boys who dance & fireside reads!

Rena Bunder Rossner, Literary and Foreign Rights Agent at The Deborah Harris Literary Agency
Rena wants a work of MG or YA fiction with boys who dance: “I just went to my daughter's dance performance. There was a hip hop group of like 20 girls on stage and ONE boy, and he was killing it. I want this in a novel." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; Historical; Thrillers; Upmarket Women's; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Young Adult; Middle Grade; Picture Books 

Nonfiction: Science Writing; Literary Non-fiction

“I'm a poet, and I think the best novelists were poets first, so novels in verse, novels with poetic language and writing, are totally things I am always looking for."

"I am always looking for Israeli and Middle Eastern Science Fiction and Fantasy, and also SciFi/Fantasy with Jewish content and themes. I would love to find a New Adult or Adult novel written about the Israeli army (LGBQT also!)I would love to represent historical fiction set in Ancient Israel, or historical fiction with Israeli/Jewish content and themes... I love all types of historical fiction, in all genres. I'd love to see literary novels set in the Middle East - historical fiction, fantasy, and especially multicultural romances."

How to Submit: Rena is accepting submissions at  rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com. Query info and submission guidelines here.

Follow Rena on Twitter @renarossner.

Dawn Dowdle, Agent at the Blue Ridge Literary Agency
Dawn is looking for some good fireside reading... "Amish Romance!" for example. "Also Cozy Mysteries!" Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance; Mystery 

Nonfiction: Non interested. 

How to Submit: Dawn is accepting submissions via online form here. Submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Dawn on Twitter @blueridgeagency.

Ejusdem Generis

Last week we wrote about how important it is for self-publishing authors to be working with reputable businesses. Sometimes writing can feel like an exercise in lighting money and time on fire and then choking on the ashes as they blow into your glass of box wine (I know it should be boxed wine, but I prefer the noun for its potential to be read as an appositive to the clearly adjectival participle), and being ripped off by an unscrupulous or incompetent press just adds injury to insult. But even a contract with a lauded publisher may not be protection enough. This week, the Guardian reported that the day after award-winning Scottish publisher Freight began liquidation a recently-departed former director/partner launched the first book with his new imprint. Freight authors who are reportedly still owed royalties and are faced with having the remainder of their books pulped if they can’t buy the back stock (shout out again to Manutius Press and Umberto Eco!) are understandably less than pleased. The idea that writing is about taking risks is a cliché (as well as totalizing and therefore untrue), but the reality is that it is always risky, just for reasons that have little to do with content, voice, or form. Check it out here.

While you’re over at the Guardian, check out their piece on the lack of diversity in British publishing and the efforts that are being made to remedy this problem. While the attempts may be being made with the best of intentions, some British authors remain skeptical. One author and professor spoke of a “black brain drain” to the United States, where opportunities are perceived to be more numerous. So those of us on this side of the Atlantic can be happy that for once we’re at least thought to be less white-male-centric than somewhere else.

Speaking of diversity in literature, take a few minutes out of your day to read Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel acceptance speech from last week. Ishiguro describes various snippets of his life that helped develop and define his writing, and ends with the argument that only by embracing more diversity in literature, both human and formal, will we be able to experience the best that writing has to offer. Check it out here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: November 20, 2017

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It's Thanksgiving week, and we're looking forward to family and food. In this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and confront our age-related limitations.

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One Promotion, Two New Hires

At P.S. Literary Agency, Maria Vicente has been promoted to Agent. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult (contemporary; horror; magical realism; mystery; light science fiction; light fantasy), Middle Grade (any genre), and illustrated Picture Books

Nonfiction: Pop Culture, Science, Design, and Lifestyle

Maria specializes in children’s fiction and nonfiction projects for readers of all ages. She is actively looking for young adult, middle grade, illustrated picture books, and nonfiction projects in the following categories: pop culture, science, design, and lifestyle. She has affinities for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky.”

Maria is accepting queries via email at query@psliterary.com. For submission guidelines, click here. 

Elianna Kan has joined Regal Hoffman Associates as a Literary Agent. 

         Seeking: Fiction and non-fiction works by Spanish-language writers.

She has a passion for interdisciplinary cultural programming and teaches creative writing and literary translation at Columbia University. Elianna is actively building a list of Spanish-language fiction and non-fiction writers and is interested in literature in translation in general.”

Elianna is accepting queries via e-mail at submissions@rhaliterary.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Michelle S. Lazurek has joined WordWise Media Services as an Associate Literary Agent. 

Seeking:

            Fiction: Children’s picture books

            Non-fiction: Christian non-fiction books for adults

Michelle is accepting queries via email at get.wisewords@gmail.com. Check out the company website for extensive guidelines and a required query form here

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have until the end of November to submit your work for these contests, so if you feel inspired now is the time to jump on it!

Publishizer “Nether Ether” Speculative Book Proposal Contest—Submissions due November 29th (Final Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Book proposal of up to 1000 words for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and everything in between. Winner receives $1000.

"What one can experience in the nebulous cloud of “speculative fiction” spans the entire dimension of human imagination. As long as we feel disillusionment and the unease of existential angst, these improbable and impossible worlds will continue to delight mankind with their own histories, laws and cultures. In providing a framework to explore the challenges of life, our deepest fears of the unknown can be domesticated; our flights of fancy, indulged."

To Submit: Submit a proposal here. For rules and guidelines, click here.

Backbone Press The Shared Dream Chapbook Contest—Submissions due November 30th (Poetry Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

Who: First-generation immigrants born outside the United States or children of (two) parents born outside of the United States

What: Chapbook-length poetry collections (18-30 pages). Winner is awarded $250 and publication in Backbone Press.

To Submit: Submit via online form, here. For rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL highlights: one agent that wants all sorts of fiction and two agents looking for nonfiction

Lynette Novak, Literary Assistant at The Seymour Agency
Lynette is making the most of her 140 characters: "I'm looking for: Adult: fantasy, thriller, contemporary romance, rom. com., mystery, & sci-fi. YA: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, contemporary, thriller, & mystery. I love dark & twisty, light & funny, & stories with or without romance. querylynnette (at) http://theseymouragency.com." Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Didn't you read the tweet?

Nonfiction: Not interested.

How to submit: Lynette is accepting submissions via email at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com. More info on submissions may be found here

Follow Lynette on Twitter @Lynette_Novak.

Amanda Annis, Literary Agent at Trident Media Group
Amanda, a self-declared lover of toast, wants to hear from the new generation of feminist homemakers: "Who wants to write a rad millennial, feminist home ec book celebrating DIY sewing & cooking, caring for your home & being smart about finances?" Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction

Nonfiction: Self-help, Biography, Food & Wine, Health & Fitness

How to submit: Amanda is accepting submissions via online form, here

Follow Amanda on Twitter @diaryofaneditor.

Deidre Knight, Senior Agent and President of the Knight Agency
Deidre is apparently getting enough fiction already: "I have one #MSWL wishlist--bring me your nonfiction." Source Tweet 

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, Personal Development, Business, Financial, Net Culture

How to submit: Deidre is accepting submissions via email at submissions@knightagency.net. For submission guidelines, click here

Follow Deidre on Twitter @DeidreKnight.

Ejusdem Generis

Trying to keep up with an ever-changing publishing industry can be difficult, and sometimes we're confronted with things that we simply do not have the background to understand, in spite of our constant analysis of the intersection of publishing and pop culture.

This week I discovered that a self-published book had rocketed to the top of Amazon's Best Sellers list and thought to myself, "Our readers would be interested in this." I investigated further, and found out that the book, Milk and Vine, is a parody of the NYT bestseller Milk and Honey. Poetry selling well is always interesting, but a parody of poetry? 

The Tab, a website that caters to college kids, interviewed the authors, who are undergraduates at Temple University. The authors intended the book to be read by their friends, but found that the combination of Vine-style poetry with the reference to an already-famous book of real poetry proved immensely popular. 

Here's where this takes me: I've never used Vine, the now-defunct video application, and my use of Twitter is largely limited to the publishing world. So a book that was recently number one on Amazon, and self published at that, is completely beyond my ken. I feel old.

Check it out here.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: October 23, 2017

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Stranger Things Season 2 goes up in four days, y'all. We have our doubts about the creators being able to catch lightning in a bottle twice, but we're excited anyway. Anyway, in this week's roundup we cover agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and engage in a little Pooh bashing at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Two promotions (according to PublishersLunch - they're not reflected on the agency websites. Hopefully we're not ruining any surprises!)

Saba Sulaiman has been promoted to Associate Agent at Talcott Notch Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; Literary; Commercial; Romance; Thriller; Cozy Mystery

Nonfiction: Humor; Memoir

"And it finally hit me—working closely with writers to hone their craft; seeing a piece of writing from its inception through to its eventual publication; and advocating for what I believed was stellar prose worthy of recognition—this was my calling."

Saba is accepting queries via email, at SSulaiman@talcottnotch.net. For submission guidelines, click here.

Sarah Bedingfield has been promoted to Agent at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; upmarket Commercial

Nonfiction: Naught

"A southerner at heart, she can’t help but love books set in the south, but she’s a die-hard for any world immersive enough to make her miss her stop on the train, cry in public, or desperately unable to sleep."

Sarah is accepting queries via online form, here, or by email at submit@levinegreenberg.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a week or four...

Prose Challenges: Sponsored by Trident Media Group—Submissions due in roughly a month (Sponsored writing challenge)

What: 1,000-5,000 word sample of your work. Winners will be approached by Trident (a heavy-hitter among literary agencies). 

To Submit: Submission online, here. For details and to see other entries click here,

Reed Magazine John Steinbeck Award for Fiction—Submissions due November 1st (Annual Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Short fiction of up to 5,000 words. The theme is "California." Winner receives $1,000. Non-winners may still receive publication.

Reading Fee: $15 (includes one issue of magazine)

To Submit: Submission via Submittable. For more information, click here.

What Agents Want

Cheerleaders, ancient Egypt, and what not to send

Jessie Devine, Associate Agent at D4EO Literary
Jessie feels like iconoclasm in kids' books is not so iconoclastic anymore: "I want MG where the MC is a girl who *is* interested in makeup and fashion and puberty and dances and significant others." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; Contemporary; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Doesn't seem like it 

How to submit: Jessie is accepting submissions via QueryManager, here

Follow Jessie @Jessie_Devine.

Kaitlyn Johnson, Agent Apprentice at Corvisiero Literary
Kaitlyn is looking for an updated classic (but probably not the Tom Cruise one): "In treasure hunting mood - also want a modern Mummy-esque story!" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; New Adult; Fantasy; Romance; Historical; Contemporary; LGBT

Nonfiction: noooope

"Her favorite tv shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly, basically the nerdier the fandom the better."  (I'm with her on Buffy and Firefly.)

How to submit:  Kaitlyn is accepting queries hereClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Kaitlyn on Twitter @kaitylynne13.

Jennie Goloboy, Agent at Red Sofa Literary
Jennie's going apophatic with her MSWL: "Tough sells for me right now: lone-wolf vigilante heroes. Dystopias in general."

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Romance

Nonfiction: History

How to submit: Jennie is accepting submissions at jennie@redsofaliterary.com. Click here for full submission guidelines. 

Follow Jennie on Twitter @JennieGoloboy.

Ejusdem Generis

Last week we linked to an essay written by Chris Jackson, in which he talked about the importance of diversity in the publishing industry. The diversity he refers to is entirely socioeconomic and ethnic: he doesn't mention gender at all. Maybe that's because the industry is already overwhelmingly female (estimates put it at almost 80%): to get more diverse, there would need to be an increase in the number of men

But as a piece in Publisher's Weekly points out, in spite of women's dominant numbers, the power in publishing is largely concentrated with men. The fallout over the allegations against Harvey Weinstein has included soul-searching (or at least the appearance of said searching) in industries outside Hollywood, and publishing is no different. The article reports that sexual harassment is widespread in the industry, and that women consistently find that management and HR departments are indifferent to it. Just because 4 out of 5 faces on every agency and publishing house website belong to women doesn't mean those faces are running the show. Or that they're being treated fairly. Check it out here.

On a lighter note: how about that Winnie-the-Pooh? I loved Pooh growing up (well, Tigger, mostly. T-i-double guh-er!), but as the words mawkish and twee entered my vocabulary, my affections faded. A new biopic about Pooh's creator, A.A. Milne, is out this week, and it apparently explores the family dysfunction and burden of fame that led to a never-resolved falling out between parents and son, the IRL model for Pooh's Christopher Robin. Goodbye Christopher Robin has been receiving mostly meh reviews, so I feel no need to see it, which pleases me. On top of disliking things egregiously sentimental, I also dislike Milne for his treatment of one of my literary heroes, P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse had been captured when the Germans overran France in WWII, and had (foolishly, one must admit) agreed to a series of broadcasts on German radio, which he titled How to be an Internee Without Previous Training. Mostly comprised of humorous reflections on life as a prisoner, the broadcasts contained no pro-German or Nazi material, or any anti-Allied material, either. Nevertheless, this seeming collaboration with those orchestrating the Blitz enraged the British populace. Wodehouse's old friend Alan Milne was one of a chorus of voices who condemned him publicly, which ultimately led to Wodehouse's exile in the United States. But Wodehouse took his revenge, subtler and sweeter, if less tangibly damaging, when he wrote of Rodney Spelvin (a character in his series of golf-centered stories) turning to syrupy children's fare when inspired by his son: "Timothy Bobbin goes Happily hoppity hoppity hop.” (There is considerably more material, and funnier, which I encourage you to read yourself in "Rodney Has a Relapse." Here at GSF we have an intense aversion to infringing on copyright, so I will not quote more.) And while Disney has certainly made far more money off of Pooh than Wodehouse ever made in his ridiculously prolific career, it his P.G.'s work that has continued to enjoy the approval of his peers - other writers. For more on the scorn of writers for other writers, check out this piece over at LitHub. It includes Dorothy Parker's famous takedown of Milne in The New Yorker.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: October 16, 2017

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It finally feels like fall here in Charlottesville. Chilly night air, a glass of something bracing, and a good book are exactly what the doctor ordered. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and food for thought at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

A promotion (congrats!), and a new hire

Riddhi Kamal Parekh has joined Laura Dail as International Rights Manager and Agent.

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books, Middle Grade; Young Adult; open to considering adult Commercial 

Nonfiction: Children's

"Riddhi enjoys universal, coming-of-age stories that tackle issues of identity as well as high-stakes fiction with unexpected twists. She is always on the lookout for a good pun and is particularly drawn to whimsical middle-grade fiction, picture books, and chapter books."

Riddhi is accepting queries via email, at queries@ldlainc.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Sarah Younger has been promoted to Senior Agent at Nancy Yost Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Romance (like, all of it, yo); Women's 

Nonfiction: Select

"Sarah cherishes her rural southern roots and particularly enjoys stories with a supporting cast of animal characters: horses, dogs, cats; essentially all pets furry and friendly."

Sarah is accepting queries via QueryManager here.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a week or two...

Author Mentor Match Round 3—Submission window open October 19th-24th (Semiannual—opportunity to be mentored)

What: Unagented, aspiring YA writers receive mentoring by those further along in the game. Applicants should have a complete manuscript and be willing to take feedback.

To Submit: Submission via email at authormentormatch@gmail.com. For rules and submission instructions click here.

Adventure Cyclist Nonfiction bicycling stories—Submissions due October 31st (Magazine—Payment, Publication)

What: Both feature-length stories and 1,200-1,500 word excursions. Proposals first. $.30-$.50/word.

To Submit: Submission via Submittable. For more information, click here.

What Agents Want

Crime and kids' books, Part II

Kurestin Armada, Associate Agent at P.S. Literary
Kurestin wants The Italian Job, maybe for kids: "Heist/con story, YA or adult! Preferably with an interesting ensemble cast & friendship focus." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and Commercial; Magic Realism; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Historical; LGBTQ (any genre); Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; Graphic Novels; Romance

Nonfiction: Design; Cooking; Pop Psychology; Narrative; Photography; Nature; Science

How to submit: Kurestin is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.

Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Kurestin @kurestinarmada.

Adria Goetz, Assistant Literary Manager at Martin Literary
Adria is looking for Shel Silverstein's classic by way of Portlandia: "I'd love a PB set in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps a lyrical ode to our trees?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult; anything Christian

Nonfiction: Lifestyle; Christian Living

"Adria looks for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings."

How to submit: Adria is accepting queries via email at Adria@MartinLiteraryManagement.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.

Follow Adria on Twitter @adriamgoetz.

Ejusdem Generis

In our previous edition of the Roundup, we asked why agents who are closed to queries still tweet their #MSWLs as if someone who saw those Tweets would have a chance to run their work by said agents. At the heart of why this is frustrating is the issue of accessibility. Agents are the barriers (or keys, depending on how lucky you are) to entry for editors at publishing houses, who are the barriers to entry for your work to be seen by tired people in airports throughout the world looking for something to take their mind off the five-hour layover they're 17 minutes into. (If you're fortunate enough to be at O'Hare, however, ignore the pulp in the Hudson News and get thee to a Tortas Fronterathose tortas are riquísimas!) We all want the golden ticket, the backstage pass, the VIP seating, especially when that ticket means a chance to show our life's work to someone who, just maybe, will understand it and champion it.

But the thing is, while getting access in the literary world is difficult for anyone, for some people there are barriers to entry that are unseen. Last week, LitHub published an essay written by Chris Jackson, the publisher and editor-in-chief at One World. He discusses diversity in publishing, or the lack thereof, by recounting his own entry into the publishing world, his experience teaching publishing courses at CCNY and Columbia, and his relationships with Eddie Huang and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Particularly with Coates, Jackson wonders whether someone else (someone who didn't share TNC's background) would have been able to build the kind of trust needed to shepherd a work like the National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me into being. Check it out here.

This is where the metaphor of the backstage pass doesn't work. When the barrier to entry is too homogeneous, sometimes it's the rock stars who don't get in.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: October 9, 2017

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We're getting close to Halloween, y'all. That's apropos of nothing, I'm just thinking about it. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and some #smh at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One new agent and one established agent who has joined another agency

Formerly at Waxman Literary,  Molly O'Neill has moved to Root Literary.

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult 

Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction

"If I can visualize exactly how to form a web of connections around a book and its creator while I’m reading an early draft, then it’s a fantastic signal that I also know how to help that author or artist build their way into a meaningful, and potentially lucrative, career."

Molly is temporarily closed to queries, but states on her Publishers Marketplace member page: "I will be re-opening soon!" Watch her profile for updates, here. For submission guidelines at Root, click here.

Philippa Brewster, formerly an editor, has joined Georgina Capel Associates as an agent.

Based on her editorial work, it looks like Phillipa is seeking:

Fiction: Literary and Upmarket

Nonfiction: Your guess is as good as mine.

Philippa is accepting queries via email at philippabrewster@gmail.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got about a week...

Miami University Press 2018 Novella Prize—Submissions due Sunday, October 15th (Annual Contest—$$ Award, publication)

What: Novella-length manuscript of original fiction: 18,000-40,000 words. Winner receives $750, a contract with publication, and 10 copies of the book.

Reading Fee: $25

To Submit: Submission via Submittable here. For rules and submission instructions click here .

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest—Submissions due Sunday, October 15th (Annual Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

What: 150-400 page manuscripts of literary nonfiction. Winner receives $1,000 and publication.

Reading Fee: $27 (comes with a one-year subscription to River Teeth)

To Submit: Submission via Submittable or by post to: River Teeth Book Prize, Ashland University, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805. For rules and other information, click here.

What Agents Want

Crime and kids' books

Curtis Russell, Agent and President at P.S. Literary
Curtis is looking for some wicked-smaht detective reads: "Crime fiction like Dennis Lehane." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary; Commercial; Mystery; Thriller; Suspense; Romance; Young Adult; Middle Grade; Picture Books

Nonfiction: Business; History; Politics; Current Affairs; Memoir; Health; Wellness; Sports; Humor; Pop Culture; Pop Science; Pop Psychology

How to submit: Curtis is accepting submissions via email at query@psliterary.comClick here for submission guidelines.
Follow P.S. Literary on Twitter @PSLiterary, and Curtis @CurtisPSLA.

Hannah Mann, Junior Agent at Writers House
Hannah is looking for Saved by the Bell by way of High Fidelity: "I think the timing is ripe for an early-mid 90s quirky, literary, stand-out YA romance." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Picture Books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

"I majored in Narrative Studies at USC and am passionate about stories in every sense. I've always loved the critical and editorial processes and consider myself a hands-on agent, from brainstorming concepts to revising late drafts."

How to submit: Hannah is accepting queries via email at hmann@WritersHouse.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Follow Hannah on Twitter @hannahhmann.

Ejusdem Generis

Near and dear to our hearts here at Grad Student Freelancers are the various murky and confusing concepts that undergird copyright law. Not unrelated are the (one would think) less-disputed ethical guidelines regarding plagiarism (which, as educators, we've unfortunately had to deal with, as well). In the latest case of professional negligence (at the least), highly-lauded author and poet Jill Bialosky has been accused of just that. The New York Times reported this week that a critical review of her new book claims to have found strong evidence that Ms. Bialosky copied language from a number of websites for her own biographical descriptions of poets. In response, a number of high-powered authors and critics have come to her defense, suggesting that what she did doesn't count as plagiarism, or that hers is a sort of venial literary sin that should not detract from the book or her legacy. Some have even suggested that the accusation itself is sexist. 

While making claims about what constitutes ethical literary behavior for an Executive Editor and Vice President at W.W. Norton may be above our pay grade, we will say that this sort of thing would result in any first-year/freshman receiving an F on a paper of any sort. 

Check out the NYT's report, here (possible paywall).

For a response to Bialosky's defenders, click here (possible paywall).

Finally, can anyone tell us why agents post #MSWL tweets when they are closed to queries? It's like putting up Block Party! BBQ! Food! Music! signs in your neighborhood, and then telling people when they show up, "Sorry, it's for family members only."


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: October 2, 2017

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It seems like ever since the violent demonstrations here in Charlottesville, there has been just one national tragedy after another. Our thoughts are with everybody affected, from Houston to Puerto Rico to Florida to Las Vegas. This week's roundup covers agent & agency news, submission deadlines, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and at the end we showcase industry folks donating their time, skills, and money to help alleviate the crisis in Puerto Rico.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One new junior agent and two agents who have changed agencies

 Lexi Wangler has been promoted to Junior Agent & Foreign Rights Associate at Massie & McQuilkin

Fiction: Literary fiction; Upmarket Commercial fiction; Young Adult 

Nonfiction: Narrative Nonfiction; Memoir

Lexi is accepting queries via email at lexi@mmqlit.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Agent Rachel Vogel, formerly an agent at Waxman Literary Agency, has joined Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

Rachel is seeking:

Fiction: She's not picky about genre, but she does want "novels that pay equal attention to voice and plot."

Nonfiction: Everything. Bring it on.

Rachel is accepting queries via email at mail@dclagency.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Agent Jennifer Chen Tran joined Bradford Literary in September. She had been an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary Agency.

Jennifer is seeking:

Fiction: Women’s (Contemporary, Upmarket, Literary); Select Young Adult (must have distinct voice); Select Middle Grade; Graphic Novels and visually-driven projects

Nonfiction: Narrative non-fiction (biography, current affairs, medical, investigative journalism, history, how-to, music, pop-culture, travel); Cookbooks & culinary projects; Lifestyle (home, design, beauty, fashion); Business Books (social entrepreneurship, female and/or minority-led businesses, and innovation); Select Memoir; Parenting; Relationships and Psychology; Mind, Body, Spirit

Jennifer is NOT seeking: Children’s picture books, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Westerns, Erotica, Poetry, Screenplays

"Jennifer is very interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. In non-fiction, she loves books that broaden her worldview or shed new light on 'big ideas.'"

Jennifer is accepting queries via email at jen@bradfordlit.com.  Click here for the agency's submission guidelines.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a little less than two weeks...

2018-2019 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship—Completed applications must be RECEIVED by Sunday, October 15th. (Scholarship, Poetry —Travel Grant $$ BIG $$)

Who: Any poet of American birth who is able and willing to spend one year outside the continent of North America. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work.

What: A sample of your poetry, consisting of either (1) up to 40 typed pages (two copies) or (2) two copies of a printed volume of your poetry and two copies of no more than 20 additional typed pages. Scholarship award of approximately $58,000 (if there are two poets chosen, each will receive the full amount). Winners must travel outside the continent of North America for the duration of one year beginning in the summer of 2018.

To Submit: Submission by post only: Thomas H.P. Whitney, Jr. and William A. Lowell, Trustees under the Will of Amy Lowell, Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP, 2 International Place, Boston, MA 02110. For submission instructions, click here and for FAQs, click here. For the 2018-2019 application form (two copies required with your submission), click here.

A Public Space, three 2018 Fellowships—Submissions due Sunday, October 15st 11:59pm Eastern Time (Fellowships, Prose—$$ Prize + Publication)

Who: Writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book. International applicants welcome, but submissions will only be accepted in English.

What: Submit: (1) A cover letter with the following: a one-paragraph biographical statement, one paragraph that is a favorite of yours from a book you've read, be it recently or long ago, and a brief statement telling us why this particular passage is meaningful to you;  (2) One previously unpublished prose piece. There is no word-count requirement. Fellowship includes: editorial support, publication in A Public Space, $1000 honorarium, opportunity to meet with members of the publishing community, and to participate in a public reading in New York City.

To Submit: Applications must be submitted through the Fellowship category in Submittable. For rules and other information, click here.

Nightmare on Query Street —Submission window open on Friday, October 13th from 4:00pm until 6:00pm  (or until they receive 250 submissions, whichever comes first) EASTERN TIME (Contest, Chance at mentoring and agent consideration of your manuscript)

Who: Writers who are querying agents for book projects with completed manuscripts. All age categories and genres, excluding picture books and erotica. When their agent list goes live, check to see if they represent your book's genre, or if you've queried them already. We ask that if you find that you've already queried a majority of participating agents for your potential submission, please refrain from participating in the contest.

What: (1) SHORT paragraph (no more than 100 words) about your main character. This is the question you must answer: Your protagonist and antagonist bump into each other at a Halloween Party, only to discover their costumes are similarly themed. What/who are they dressed as? (2) Query (minus the bio and comparative titles paragraphs) (3) first 250 words (note: 251 words will disqualify you) of your manuscript. The organizers will make thirteen picks each from the 250 submissions, and those picks will go up on their blogs from October 30th through the 31st. Before the agent round, there will be a mentor round to  polish up the query entries. To see the list of mentors, click click here.

Important Dates: 

Submission Window Opens: October 13th 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Final Picks are Announced: October 20th
Mentors Go to Work: October 21th - 26th
Revised Entries Due Back: October 26th at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
Agent round: October 30th - 31th

To Submit: Send all your submission to nightmareonquerystreet@yahoo.com. Only one submission per email address AND person is allowed. For detailed email submission instructions and rules, click here.

What Agents Want

A shout out to Roller Derby, Race Car-Drivin' Ladies, and Monsters in Movies...

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
It may be evident from this #MSWL entry that Kelly (a.k.a Bible ThumpHER -- GO DAMES!!) has taken over the Roundup for the week. Lauren tweeted "Welp. I’m gonna need a roller derby book." Although Kelly never made it past Level 1, Roller Derby will always have a special place in her heart. Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select Nonfiction

"Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices. In YA, she’d love to find authentic teen voices in any and all genres. She is especially fond of fantasy, magical realism, and space operas; contemporary stories with a hook; and anything with a feminist bent. In Nonfiction, she's particularly hungry for counter culture books, cocktail books with a twist/theme, or narrative nonfiction with a unique hook." 

How to submit: Lauren is accepting submissions via email at lauren@triadaus.comClick here for submission guidelines and more info on what she's looking for.
Follow Lauren on Twitter @laurenspieller

Alec Shane, Agent at Writers House
Alec Shane tweeted, "Happy October! In light of the season, I'm putting out a #MSWL for a book about the history of the all-time great movie monsters." Source Tweet

Seeking in the following genres/categories:

Fiction: Mystery; Thrillers; Historical Fiction (The Vietnam War, the Maccabees, and The American Revolution fascinate me in particular); Adventure; Horror; Middle Grade: adventure series, ghost story, or anything else geared toward younger male readers

Nonfiction: History (odd/quirky, military); Biography (of unknown, but important people); "Guy" Reads; Humor; Narrative Nonfiction (under-the-radar events and lifestyles); Sports; Supernatural

"I haven't been scared to turn off the light in far too long and something needs to be done about it... I'm also currently up in the air as to whether or not I believe in ghosts, hauntings, and the supernatural, so if you have something that can convince me one way or the other, I'd love to see it."

How to submit: Alec is accepting queries via email to ashane@writershouse.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on the company website.
Follow Alec on Twitter @alecdshane.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali "would love a contemporary romance with a woman in a traditionally male role - race car driver or a pilot, etc. +equally alpha male." Source Tweet

Ali is seeking:

Fiction: commercial YA and MG (esp. Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Adventure); Romance; Southern Women’s fiction; and Christian/Inspirational

Nonfiction: Nope.

"She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark."

How to submit: Ali is accepting queries here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.
Follow Ali on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

We hope you will take some of the time you normally would spend reading our witty and amusing final thoughts to donate or volunteer to help alleviate someone's suffering. We've even found an avenue related to writing and publishing! "The #PubforPR has come together to create an auction to benefit Puerto Rico’s relief efforts after hurricane María. All funds raised will go directly to Unidos por Puerto Rico and ConPRmetidos, two carefully vetted local charity organizations. Hundreds of talented authors, editors, illustrators, and literary agents have joined together in offering their time, talent, and treasure to support Puerto Rico. Through this auction, you can bid on signed book bundles, personalized artwork, one-on-one conversations with editors or agents, and hundreds of other prizes. The premise is simple: bid early and often, win and donate, claim your prize."

 


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: September 25, 2017

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While the whole country has been profoundly affected by the events that occurred here in Charlottesville several weeks ago, this weekend a group of musicians brought people here in town together for a fantastic series of performances, in order to promote healing and community. And an unannounced Stevie Wonder showed up at the end! Thank you, Stevie (everybody else, too, but c'mon, it's Stevie)!
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, some Manuscript Wishlist Tweets, and a bit of this and that at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One agent changed agencies, one editor changed careers

Agent Adrienne Rosado joined Stonesong Literary in September

Adrienne is seeking:

Fiction: For both Adult and Children's: Contemporary; Mystery; Historical; Thriller; Fantasy

Nonfiction: Pop Science; Business; quirky History

"Anything with a wickedly dark sense of humor.  She’s especially drawn to multicultural fiction as well as lgbtq+ works. She is keen to work on projects that focus on marginalized people and people from atypical walks of life. She loves a story that makes her think differently."

Adrienne is accepting queries via email at submissions@stonesong.com.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Ann Leslie Tuttle, former editor at Harlequin, joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as an Agent

Fiction: Romance, Romance, Romance! (you weren't expecting Middle Grade Dystopian, were you?)

Nonfiction: Isn't European History kind of a Romance? On the real, though, no. No Nonfiction.

"At the heart of every good romance is the sense of finding family, that identity and connection that gives purpose, hope and love to someone’s life. To me, the best romances have well developed protagonists who’ve truly been to hell and back and now must overcome their greatest fear, which usually involves an issue of trust or willingness to put their heart on the line again after a gut-wrenching loss."

Ann is accepting queries via email at atuttle@dystel.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got about a week:

The University of Iowa Press The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award (yes, that Iowa)—Submissions must be postmarked by Saturday, September 30th (Short Story Contest—Publication)

Who: Writers who have not published a volume of prose fiction

What: 150+ page collection of short stories. Publication under their standard contract

To Submit: Submission by post only: Iowa Short Fiction Award/Iowa Writers' Workshop, 507 North Clinton Street, 102 Dey House, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000. For rules and more information, click here.

Pigeon Pages Fledgling Prose Contest—Submissions due Sunday, October 1st (Prose Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Unpublished prose of up to 4,000 words, any genre. Winner receives $250, runners up receive $50.

"We love writing with a strong sense of narrative and invite you to tell us a true story, be in based in the real or fictional world. We believe that a story about dragons can be just as true as a piece of memoir, and are less concerned with traditional genre definitions than we are with resonant, evocative writing."

To Submit: Submission via email at pigeonpagesnyc@gmail.com. For rules and other information, click here.

The African Poetry Book Fund Luschei Prize for African Poetry—Submissions due Sunday, October 1st (Annual Award, $$ Prize)

Who: African writers

What: Any book of original poetry published in the past year, in English or translation. Winner receives $1,000.

"The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry is named for poet, publisher, editor, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Glenna Luschei, who has also endowed in perpetuity the literary quarterly Prairie Schooner. Her generous contribution established this annual award.  In recognition of their invaluable support of our work, Glenna Luschei has welcomed the use of her name for the Prize for African Poetry."

To Submit: Download the entry form, then mail entries to The Glenna Luschei Poetry Prize: The African Poetry Book Fund/Prairie Schooner, 110 Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0334. (Shout out Andrews Hall, y'all!) For more information and rules, click here.

What Agents Want

Looking for friendship, love, and revolution. Not necessarily in that order.

Michael Bourret, Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret 
Michael's Tweet leaves ambiguous whether or not his MSWL manifests his personal hopes: "Smash the patriarchy, deconstruct toxic masculinity, destroy white supremacy, question capitalism/heteronormativity/EVERYTHING"  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Everything from Children's to Thrillers to Women's

Nonfiction: Science/Technology; Memoir; Leftist Politics

How to submit: Michael is accepting queries at mbourret@dystel.com. For submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelBourret.

Jaida Temperly, Agent at New Leaf Literary Agency
Jaida wants all the feels: "A #MG contemporary sister or female friendship story along the lines of TRAVELING PANTS or PENDERWICKS <3."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Children's and Adult: Literary; Magical Realism; Historical; Upmarket; Horror (not Children's, c'mon, now); Speculative

Nonfiction: Select Prescriptive and Narrative

How to submit: Jaida is accepting submissions via email at query@newleafliterary.com. For the company's submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Jaida on Twitter @JaidaTemperly.

Taylor Haggerty, Agent at Root Literary
Taylor wants to eat, drink, laugh, love: "I'm in the mood to fall in love. Send me your high concept women's fiction, contemporary romance & romcoms."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: YA; MG; Women's; Romance

Nonfiction: Nada; Zip; Zilch; Zero

How to submit: Taylor is accepting submissions via email at submissions@rootliterary.com. For the company's submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Taylor on Twitter @tayhaggerty.

Ejusdem Generis

Speaking of the Iowa Writers Workshop, here's an interview with author John McNally from 2011, shortly after he published his novel, After the Workshop. He speaks about his experiences at the Workshop, his feelings about living as a writer and academic, and his take on the ins and outs of getting a book published. It's both depressing and encouraging. Check it out.

While it comes from roughly eight months ago, John Irving's (one of Iowa's most famous alumni) call for Oscar winners to become more overtly political in their acceptance speeches seems pretty germane to this week. The Hollywood Reporter has his essay. I really liked A Prayer for Owen Meany. If I could have written any book, that would be one of my top ten choices. 

Finally, the pacifism of John Wheelwright in A Prayer for Owen Meany made me think about war and its effects on literature. Atlas Obscura describes the rise of the paperback as the result of a nation at war (I mean, yeah, I agree, generally it's good for nothing, but paperbacks are pretty great). The dimensions of the books were determined by the size of the presses - they were intended for magazines, and so the printers had to print two books at a time, and cut the pages in half. How cool is that? Definitely check it out.


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: September 18, 2017

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An early שנה תובה to everyone celebrating the High Holy Days later this week! 
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent and agency news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, a couple of highlights from Manuscript Wishlist Day, and some tidbits from the literary world at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

One new(ish) agent, one new(ish)er agency

Cyle Young, Agent at Hartline Literary Agency

Cyle is seeking:

Fiction: Children's of all sorts; Genre Fiction, especially romance

Nonfiction: Parenting; Leadership; Ministry; Self-help

"Cyle finds great joy in writing and loves to bounce between crafting epic high fantasy tales, helpful non-fiction parenting books, and getting lost in the melodic rhythm of children’s poetry."

Cyle is accepting queries via email at submissions@cyleyoung.com.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines, and here for Cyle's wishlist and FAQ.

Lupine Grove Creative, Agency representing Children's Literature

Lupine Grove opened in January of this year, but we just found it now! Danielle Smith is looking for a variety of Children's lit, including:

Picture books; Early Readers; Chapter books; Middle Grade; Young Adult

Danielle is accepting queries via email at submissions@lupinegrove.com. For guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a coupla days, coupla weeks, or a month:

Sexy with Food Monthly Contest—Submissions due Wednesday, September 20th (Flash Writing Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Non-explicit sexy story about food. 500-word maximum. $50 Prize

Theme: Getting Away! Dinner out! NO KIDS!

"Sometimes it's fun to get creatively naughty with food.
Life is too short to not enjoy and savor every morsel." 

To Submit: Post your entry to at least two social media sites, then provide links here. For rules and more information, click here.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future Writers Contest—Submissions due Saturday, September 30th (Quarterly Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Science fiction short stories or novelettes up to 17,000 words in length.  $1,000, $750, and $500 awards.

"The Writers of the Future Program, established in the finest tradition of the professional giving a helping hand to the novice, has become the largest, the most well-known and the best established discovery vehicle in the field."

To Submit: Submission online here, or by post to L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, 7051 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. For rules and other information, click here.

Futurescapes Writing Contest and Workshop Writing Competition—Submissions due Friday, October 13th (Annual Award, $$ Prize)

Who: Non-professional writers only (see rules for their definition)

What: Short fiction (no more than 8,000 words) on this year's theme: Blue Sky Cities. Winner receives $2,000, with five runners-up receiving $500.

"We could run projections and publish reports, but there’s a reason why Oscar Wilde didn’t say, “Life imitates empirical studies.” We want to help writers of excellent potential find their voice while shaping tomorrow."

To Submit: Submit via online form, here. For more information and rules, click here.

What Agents Want

A couple of highlights from last week's #MSWL Day

Dorian Maffei, Junior Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Dorian is hoping for some speculative stuff without white dude heroes: "Want to see more speculative fiction from diverse writers in my inbox & literary science fiction with non-white MC"  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Magical Realism; Fabulism; reimagined Fairy Tales; Speculative Fiction; literary Science Fiction; upmarket Women’s Fiction

Nonfiction: Negatory.

How to submit: Dorian is only open to submissions that are requested through Twitter pitch parties, conferences, or #MSWL (lucky for you, dear reader). If your manuscript fits her #MSWL request, send her a query and the first 50 pages to dorian@kimberleycameron.com

Follow Dorian on Twitter @DorianMaffei.

Kate McKean, Vice President at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Kate's feeling about books the way you feel about food when you're hungry in an airport food court: "I honestly don't know what YA I want these days, so if you're working on something that feels weird and new, send it to me."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Romance; Women's; Literary; Historical Fiction set in the 20th Century; High Fantasy; Magical Realism; Science Fiction; Middle Grade and YA: Thriller, Horror, Romance, LGBTQ issues, Contemporary Fiction, Sports, Magical Realism, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Nonfiction: Pop Culture; Memoir; Sports; Food Writing; Humor; Design; Creativity; Craft

How to submit: Kate is accepting submissions via email at kmckean@morhaimliterary.com. For the company's submission guidelines, click here.

Follow Kate on Twitter @kate_mckean.

Ejusdem Generis

As we all know, the literary world does not begin and end with the major publishing companies (in spite of their best efforts). Fanfiction is one of the strange, beautiful corners of literature, gifted us by postmodernity and hated, beloved, mistrusted, and sometimes grudgingly accepted by both publishers and established authors. This week, Vox.com has an interesting piece on what is likely the most famous work of fanfic ever (if you're not counting 50 Shades of Grey), My Immortal. The author's identity, long unknown, yet diligently sought for, has been revealed through the concomitance of seemingly unrelated events: the attempted gaming of the NYT Best Seller List, and the no-longer-anonymous author getting a book deal. Take 5 minutes out of your day and check it out.

Speaking of the Big Five, The New Republic explores the increasing homogenization of the Booker Prize list and winners ever since the competition was opened up to Americans, and notes that this is bad for everybody, especially Americans. Check it out, and think about whether your imminent inclusion on the Short List is indicative of your betrayal of the avant-garde.

Finally, what else have you considered regarding that Booker Prize short-listed novel, anyway? Besides hopefully gaining the ability to pay off student loans and buy a meat grinder attachment for your stand mixer, I mean (maybe that's just me)? The helpful folks at Authors Publish are thinking for you, thankfully. Check out their recent essay on some of the long-term things that authors should be planning for with respect to the future life of their work. 


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: September 11, 2017

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Sixteen years ago today, a tragedy was inflicted on New York City, the United States, and the entire world. Read something beautiful this evening to remember that humanity is also capable of great works of love and wonder.
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent news, notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, one highlight from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist (tomorrow's a big day, y'all, get ready), and a bit of levity at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Two new agents, and an established agent reopened to queries. Get moving!

Ali Herring, Agent at Spencerhill Associates

Ali is seeking:

Fiction: commercial YA and MG (esp. Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Adventure); Romance; Southern Women’s fiction; and Christian/Inspirational

Nonfiction: Nope.

"She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark."

Ali is accepting queries here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Luba Ostashevsky, Agent at Ayesha Pande Literary

Luba is seeking:

Fiction: Give it a miss.

Nonfiction: Science; Current Events; History

"She is interested in nonfiction projects that can instill in readers a sense of wonder or transport them to a different time, or place or make the familiar new."

Luba is accepting queries via online form, here

Patricia Nelson, Agent at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, is open again to queries.

Patricia is seeking:

Fiction: Upmarket and commercial Women's; 20th century Historical; Romance; YA; MG

Nonfiction: Not so much.

"She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents."

Patricia is accepting queries via email at Patricia@MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you've got a week or so:

Our Past Loves Past Loves Day Story Contest—Submissions due Sunday, September 17th (Very Short Story Contest—$$ Prize)

What: Short story about past love. 700-word maximum. $100 Prize

"What feelings arise if you allow yourself to be fully open to remembering that person?
What is it about that special someone that you still cherish?
IN PARTICULAR, how did that person's presence in your life change you and how you experience the world?" 

To Submit: Submit via email at contest@ourpastloves.com. For guidelines and more information, click here.

Real Simple Good Read Essay Contest—Submissions due Monday, September 18th (Annual Contest—$$ Prize, Publication)

What: 1,500 word essay. Theme: What was the happiest moment of your life? Winner receives $3,000 and publication.

To Submit: Submission online here, or by post to Essay Contest, Real Simple, 225 Liberty Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10281. For guidelines and other information, click here.

SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellowship—Submissions due Wednesday, September 20th (Annual Award, $$ Prize, Publication)

Who: Authors who have published neither a chapbook nor any book-length work, and who have not been published in SmokeLong

What: Four samples of sub-1,000 word flash fiction (at least one unpublished). Winner receives $500, publication, and a year-long residency at SmokeLong.

"The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers."

To Submit: Submit via Submittable, here. For more information and other guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Tuesday is #MSWL day, so in deference we're only highlighting one request this week...

Laura Crockett, Associate Literary Agent at the TriadaUS Literary Agency
Laura's been watching PBS (or cable BBC, I guess. Or Netflix. TV is really easy to watch these days, huh?): "I'd love a YA/WF ms akin to BBC's Bletchley Circle -- intense, intelligent women coding, solving crimes, ending wars, and taking names."  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: YA; Women's; Chick-lit; Fantasy

Nonfiction: Not at the mo.

How to submit: Laura is accepting submissions via email at laura@triadaus.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines at the company website.

Follow Laura on Twitter @LECrockett.

Ejusdem Generis

For all of you devoted Grad Student Freelancers Blog readers who are worried about whether your book is getting a fair shake on the NYT best sellers lists, the conservative publishing house Regnery has announced that they are no longer promoting or tracking their books with the venerable list.

NPR found out that the opacity of the Times' methodology has been frustrating to the publishing industry for a long time: click here.

Analysis by the Washington Post sticks up for the NYT, suggesting that Regnery's protest is little more than a "stunt": click here.

I'm about to write the Great American Novel, and so personally I'm very interested in how the NYT makes its decisions because I'll be on that list very soon (I know y'all probably have seen this, but it's a classic):


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.  

Get Published Weekly Roundup: September 4, 2017

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Happy Labor Day! As we celebrate the American Labor Movement today, we also remember that it was only 60 years ago today, by orders of Governor Orval Faubus, 289 soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard prevented 9 African-American students, Elizabeth Eckford, Minnijean Brown, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Pattillo, Gloria Ray, Terrance Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Walls, from entering Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It took almost three weeks before the students were protected by federal troops and could enter the school. For these heroes, high school was not a safe place, but a hostile environment where they took a stand and did what was right not just for their own advancement but for the betterment of our society. We give thanks for their sacrifice today.
 
In this week's GSF Roundup we highlight agent news (specifically agents that recently opened up to submissions), notices of approaching writing and submission deadlines, highlights from the past week's Manuscript Wishlist, and a few more tidbits at the end.
 
We'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think in the comments and if there are certain types of information you would like to see in the Roundup. Also feel free to tweet at us (@freelancingrads) with any ideas or questions. Have a great writing week!

Agent and Agency News

Open again, Open again, jiggety jig.

Jessica Watterson, Agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, is back open to queries.

Jessica is seeking:

Fiction: Romance (all genres); Women's Fiction; YA

Nonfiction: Nope.

"Jessica is always on the hunt for new and diverse voices."

Jessica is accepting queries via online form,  here.  Click here for the agency's submissions guidelines.

Kelly Peterson, Junior Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, is open to queries.

Kelly is seeking:

Fiction: Fantasy for MG, YA, NA, and Adult; add Romance for YA, NA, and Adult; and Science Fiction for MG and YA

Nonfiction: Nah.

"With books, there's just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place."

Kelly is accepting queries via email at query@corvisieroagency.com. See submission guidelines here.

Courtney Miller-Callihan, Founder and Agent at Handspun Literary Agency, is open again to queries (well, to be fair, she has been since July, but we just picked up on it now).

Courtney is seeking:

Fiction: General; Historical; Women's; Romance; Mystery

Nonfiction: Most everything except Religion and Spirituality

Courtney is accepting queries via email at query@handspunlit.com. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Writers, you have between six and ten days:

World in Focus In Focus Art & Essay Contest—Submissions due Sunday, September 10th (Art and Writing Contest—$$ Prize)

Who: Ages 10-18

What: Art or essay. 1,000-word maximum. $100 CAD Prize

"To promote awareness of the vision problems individuals in third-world countries may face on a daily basis, due to their difficulty in accessing resources and care; To promote outreach in the youth community by allowing them to reflect on the topic of sight and its importance; To encourage youth to express their creativity, individuality and talents on a global stage" 

To Submit: Submit via the online form, here. For guidelines and more information, click here.

Operation Awesome Pass or Pages Contest—Submission Window: September 11th-13th (Query Contest—Agent Evaluation)

What: Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy, query and first 250 words. Five randomly selected entries will be evaluated by an agent, with feedback given about why they're passing, or why they're requesting pages.

"Querying authors get a peek into agents' minds as they go through their slush piles."

To Submit: Submission online (once the submission window is open), here or here. For guidelines, prompts, and other information, click here.

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award—Submissions due Thursday, September 14th (Annual Award, $$ Prize)

Who: Authors with a first novel, published between January and June 2017

What: Must be a first novel, published originally in the US, no YA/Middle Grade. Winner receives $5,000.

"The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award honors an outstanding debut novel published in the preceding calendar year. Symbolized by a three-dimensional compass, the award is a tribute to writers who have navigated their way through the maze of imagination and delivered a great read, taking the reader someplace new."

To Submit: For complete submission details, click here. For more information and other guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Highlights from this week's #MSWL tweets...

Meg LaTorre-Snyder, Agent Apprentice at the Corivisiero Literary Agency
Meg wants some Disney by way of Burning Man: "I'd love a steampunk Beauty & the Beast retelling. (Bonus points for M/M or F/F romance.)"  Source Tweet

Seeking: 

Fiction: Fantasy; Historical fiction; Romance (with magical elements); Space opera; Steam punk; Thrillers (with magical elements)

Nonfiction: Negative, Ghostrider. The pattern is full.

"She loves books written in third-person with multiple POVs, quirky, realistic characters, rich descriptions, and a unique inclusion of mythologies. (However, Meg does love first-person stories with a single POV as well, or any combination thereof!)"

How to submit: Meg is accepting submissions via email at query@corvisieroagency.comClick here to read the full submissions guidelines on her profile at the company website.

Follow Meg on Twitter @MegLaTorre.

Lauren Spieller, Agent Assistant at TriadaUS
Lauren is looking for The Slammin' Salmon cum Le Morte d'Arthur: "funny YA set in a Medieval Times-like restaurant. Give me performer hierarchy drama, kitchen secrets, and a love story to swoon over." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; YA; Select Adult

Select Nonfiction

"She's particularly hungry for counter culture books, cocktail books with a twist/theme, or narrative nonfiction with a unique hook." 

How to submit: Lauren is accepting submissions via email at lauren@triadaus.comClick here for submission guidelines and more info on what she's looking for. 

Follow Lauren on Twitter @laurenspieller

Leon Husock, Agent at the L. Perkins Agency
No, Leon, I'm sorry, I don't: "You know that Shanghai/Hong Kong/British Raj aesthetic that's a mash-up of Asian/South-Asian and Western culture? I love that." Source Tweet  Oh, good, I must not be alone: "For reference, see (among many other things) The Age of Shadows, a Korean spy drama set during the Japanese occupation of Korea." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Science Fiction; Fantasy; YA; Upper Middle Grade; Genre Mashups

Non-fiction: No, nah, man, this is not a good idea!

"...especially fantasy with non-Western European inspired settings and cultures."

How to submit: Leon is accepting queries via email at leon@lperkinsagency.com. Click here for submissions guidelines on the company website.
 
Follow Leon on Twitter .

Ejusdem Generis

So writers, here's the thing. The first line of your manuscript is super important. Check out this insight #StraightFromAnAgent in Literary Agent Mary C. Moore's post, "Do Literary Agents Reject Your Submission After Reading One Line?"

Yes, I have rejected a submission based on the first sentence and yes, it happens more often than I’d like. But how could you possibly know from the first line? you ask.

Because it’s our job to know.

Sounds arrogant, sure. Believe me, I’ve been there on the other side, thinking it wasn’t fair that agents claimed they rejected a sub based on that first line. But after years of reading the slushpile, editing manuscripts, shopping clients, etc., I’ve been trained to see the level of prose based off that first line. Other agents will tell you the same.

Mary offers 10 things she determines about an author's manuscript from its first line. Read the full article by clicking here.

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We just stumbled upon J.P. Beaubien's YouTube Channel Terrible Writing Advice. The writing and the publication process is a tough one and sometimes we just need a good laugh. Check it out... but, please, please don't follow his advice, especially on marketing your book:


Grad Student Freelancers (GSF) is dedicated to helping authors take care of the details of the publication process. Part of the process includes sifting through huge amounts of information to find important news, events, and tips that can give you an edge in the publication process. Every week GSF will provide three lists of curated information focused on helping writers get published. Our goal is to gather what's important from the web in the past week, so you can focus more on your writing.