Julie Dinneen, Agent at D4EO Literary Agency
Julie has just joined D4EO. She is seeking:
Fiction: Literary Fiction with commercial appeal and beautiful, stand-out writing; Upmarket General, Women’s and Historical Fiction; a new twist on Chick Lit; Romance (contemporary and historical); epic, genre-bending Romance; high-concept Young Adult with blockbuster potential; psychologically complex Horror; and female-centric Thrillers
"Across the board, I’m looking for books that hook me from the very first page, whether it’s the writing, the voice or some unquantifiable draw that demands my time. I’m drawn to stories that are exceptionally well-written, that star dynamic, unforgettable characters and that appeal to a wide, commercial audience."
Nicola Barr, Agent at the Bent Agency
Nicola wants it all (well, most of it). She is seeking:
Fiction: Literary and Commercial Fiction for adults and children
Nonfiction: Sports, Popular Science, Popular Culture, and social and cultural History.
She doesn't want:
Science Fiction, Picture Books, Romance
"In recent years my taste has widened and I adore well-told commercial fiction, whether it be historical worlds my own Katherine Webb creates, dark twisted clever contemporary psychological thrillers or the modern-day police procedural in either rainy Manchester or exotic lands."
Writers, you have about two weeks:
Briarpatch January/February 2017 Issue—Submissions due Tuesday, August 29th (Periodical—$$ payment and publication)
What: They publish feature articles on any number of topics and in a range of styles, including non-fiction articles, in-depth news stories, investigative journalism, personal essays, interviews, op-eds, and photo essays, on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance. Payment: $75-$225
To Submit: Submit queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. For extensive guidelines and suggestions, click here.
Gotham Writers 2017 A Very Short Story Contest—Submissions due Monday, August 28th (Annual Contest)
What: Short stories of ten or fewer words. Winner receives a free Gotham Writers class of her choice.
"It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words."
To Submit: To submit online and to see rules and guidelines click here. (You must have or start an account and log in)
Lunch Ticket Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction—Submissions due Thursday, August 31st, (Biennial fiction contest, $$ prize and publication)
What: An essay of up to 5,000 words on the nonfiction subject of your choice. Winner receives $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket.
"Author Diana Woods exuded unwavering intellectual curiosity, pursuing and receiving secondary degrees in law, social work, political science, and most recently, creative writing. She received her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2011 at the age of 70."
This Week on Manuscript Wishlist #MSWL...
Clelia Gore, Agent at Martin Literary & Media Management
Clelia is "loving all of the new YA narrative nonfiction I'm reading + seeing in deals. I'm super interested in repping writers in this genre!" Source Tweet
Seeking: Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction. "She is particularly interested in developing her nonfiction clientele."
Follow Clelia on Twitter @MadmoiselleClel.
Erica Bauman, Associate Agent at Aevitas Creative Managment
Erica has her sister's Ali Bauman's news story on her #MSWL: "1 wedding, 1 first date and an unforgettable story" (click here to read the full report "N.J. Wedding Crashers Were On Their First Date") Source Tweet
Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency Inc.
Jennifer tweets that she is "fascinated with the struggling/questioning/doubting that comes with faith, especially if the character is raised with faith" Source Tweet
Seeking: Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction (both literary and commercial) particularly Crime, Suspense and Horror projects. "YA is Jennifer’s sweet spot. She is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative. Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature."
Ejusdem Generis - #StandWithCharlottesville
Do you condemn white supremacists, the neo-Nazis, the neo-Fascists, the anti-Semites? Us too.
Here are some educational materials that provide background on the history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia in particular: U.Va. Graduate Student Coalition’s The Charlottesville Syllabus (click here). You can also click on this search of #CharlottesvilleSyllabus for additional resources on a broader range of issues.
Need to talk to your kids about what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend? Go to Charlottesville City School Resources for talking about this with your kids (click here).
Check out this post from Indivisible Charlottesville that shows over 680 #standwithCharlottesville events that were held in response to the white supremacist actions last Friday and Saturday. It gives us hope that so many were able to organize so quickly in solidarity with our city.