Get Published Weekly Roundup: May 7th, 2018

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It's absolutely beautiful here in Charlottesville. Spring is fully upon us; it's like a weight has lifted from our collective shoulders and we all have found out that we live right outside The Great British Bake Off's tent. Concomitantly, however, the pollen has affected me to the degree that I regularly get asked if I have swine flu. It's worth it, though. This week we feature one agency move, an intern, two contests that will net you a grand or more, #MSWL entries, and a bit of depressed cynicism 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 moves, and a fresh face likely to be not yet jaded by the crush of the slush

Kelly Van Sant has moved from D4EO to Red Sofa Literary.

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade; Young Adult; Women's (very limited)

Nonfiction: Nope

"I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family."

Kelly is accepting submissions via email at kelly@redsofaliterary.com. See the submission guidelines as well as a more detailed explanation of what she's looking for here.

Kat Enright has joined the Seymour Agency as an intern.

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Romance

Nonfiction: Select

Kat is accepting submissions via email at kat@theseymouragency.com. For agency guidelines, click here.

Submission Deadlines

Picture books and murder most foul (or, you know, crime in general)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award—Submissions due May 15th, 2018 (Picture Book contest, $$$, possible publication)

What: A picture book that reflects and resonates with the diverse population of the United States, plus a portfolio of other work. Winner receives a $1,500 gift card, a trip to NYC, a day at Little, Brown meeting with various folks, and the opportunity to submit the book for review.

Cost: Free

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

The Wolfe Pack 2018 Black Orchid Novella Contest—Submissions must be postmarked by May 31st, 2018 ($1,000 and publication)

What: Mystery novella. Winner receives a $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission via post: Jane K. Cleland, Chair, BONA, P.O. 3233, New York, NY 10163. For contest rules and guidelines, click here.

What Agents Want

Do you watch a lot of daytime cable TV? Then you may have what they're looking for.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali wants some Lifetime stories (but apparently not the comically tragic ones): "Hey did I mention I am looking for inspirational and mainstream category romance? Would love to see things that fit Love Inspired, Hallmark, Harlequin Heartwarming, etc. More sweet than salty." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Romance; Southern women’s fiction; Christian/Inspirational

Nonfiction: Negatory

How to submit: Ali is accepting queries through Query Manager, here, or via email at submission@spencerhillassociates.comMore information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Ali on Twitter @HerringAli.

Hannah Fergesen, Agent at kt literary
Hannah has been playing her old LPs backwards: "Is there any YA hist fic about the Satanic Panic? Cause if not, I am obsessed and I want" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Speculative

Nonfiction: Nope

"Hannah is a proud geek and TV junkie, with an all-consuming love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and anything created by Joss Whedon. With her background in film and television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue."

How to submit: Hannay is accepting queries via email at hannahquery@ktliterary.com. See guidelines here, and follow her on Twitter @HannahFergesen.

Ejusdem Generis

What a surprise. Oh, wait, what's the opposite of surprise? Yeah, that's what I mean.


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: April 2nd, 2018

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In a few days we embark on our first camping trip of the year. I've sharpened and polished my hatchet, checked the bear spray, downloaded some topo maps, and purchased a new water filtration system. None of which we'll need, because we're staying in a cabin. It will be my first time cabin camping, and I'm kind of looking forward to it. Not having to bear-proof your campsite at the end of the night is going to be great. Also, toilets. This week we feature two new agents, a couple of killer residencies, and the great JF 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

New agents! Hit 'em up!

Leah Middleton has joined Marjacq Scripts. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Historical; high-concept YA; edgy comedy

Nonfiction: Investigative journalism; Polemic; topical Memoir; Popular Science; Popular History

Leah is accepting submissions via email at leah@marjacq.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Jessie Stover has joined the Seymour Agency (well, in the winter; we're just catching up now).

Seeking:

Fiction: YA; New Adult; Romance (contemporary, suspense, comedy); Military; brain twisters (make of that what you will)

Nonfiction: Apparently not

"Ever since Jessie was a little girl she was obsessed with stories. She acted out her favorite movies with friends, wrote her own epics in high school, and loved talking shop with any author she could get her hands on. As the wife of an Active Duty Airman and slave to her own creative mind, Jessie’s days are full of variety, knitting, and tea drinking." 

Jessie is accepting queries via email, at jessiemstover@yahoo.com. Check out the agency guidelines here.

Submission Deadlines

Two residencies, one of which you really gotta get a move on. But it pays twenty large!

Boston Public Library Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program—Submissions due by April 5th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency to provide a writer with resources to complete a work for children or young adults. Winner receives use of a private office, access to special collections at the BPL—oh, and $20,000.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Submission by email or by post. Entries must be postmarked by April 5th. Rules and submission information may be found here

The Kerouac Project 2018-2019 Residencies—Submissions due by April 16th, 2018 (Annual Residency, $$$)

What: Residency for writers of any age or genre. Four winners receive three-month stays in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums, and a $1,000 stipend.

Cost: Free

To Submit: Online submission through Submittable, here. You can find rules and guidelines here, and FAQs here.

What Agents Want

Fantasy and Fishpeople

Lindsay Leggett, Associate Agent at the Rights Factory

Lindsay has maybe been watching Forged in Fire (but is sick of all the beards): "I'd love to see a YA fantasy about a girl blacksmith." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade; Children's 

"Lindsay grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory."

How to submit: Lindsay is accepting queries via online form here. Follow her on Twitter @lindsayleggett.

Jessie Devine, Agent at D4EO Literary 

Jessie is looking for some romance at sea. I mean in the sea. Like really in it: "Still looking for my m/m or f/f mermaid book." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult; Middle Grade

Nonfiction: Doesn't look like it.

How to submit: Jessie is accepting queries via QueryManager, here. You can follow him on Twitter @Jessie_Devine.

Ejusdem Generis

A couple of months ago we mentioned that our good friend, publishing guru Jane Friedman, had a book coming out. Well, it's out, and if you haven't picked it up, you should. Today she wrote a guest column about author platform in the digital age for Writer Unboxed. I'm not going to summarize it because she already writes with economy, and I would just end up reproducing the whole thing. Also Writer Unboxed would probably get mad. 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: March 19th, 2018

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Another St. Patrick's day has come and gone, but I really want some more corned beef. I think I'm going to go eat some leftovers right now. This week we feature some newly minted agents, a humorous poem contest (a contest for humorous poems, not a poetry contest that is humorous; I feel like all poetry contests are probably humorous on some level), and just a touch of news 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

This week, we're spotlighting two young agents working their way up at Donald Maass Literary and The Seymour Agency

Kiana Nguyen has been promoted from Agent's Assistant to Agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency. 

Seeking:

Fiction: YA fiction across genres; Adult Romance and Thrillers

"Give me the girls with skinned knees and boys weak with jealousy and queer kids who couldn't be good if they tried. All the gray morality and friendships they would kill to keep. Nothing cookie-cutter for me!"

Kiana is accepting submissions via email at query.knguyen@maassagency.com. See here for more information on the agency's submission guidelines.

Lesley Sabga has been promoted from Intern to Associate Agent at the Seymour Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: YA and Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Action/Suspense/Thriller; Romance

Nonfiction: Memoir; How-To; "Gift"/Coffee Table books; Lifestyle; Travel; Cookbooks

"Lesley loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots." 

Lesley is accepting queries via email at lesley@theseymouragency.com. More information on submission guidelines may be found here.

Submission Deadlines

A great opportunity for international community-building in the writing world and a call for the next Jabberwocky

Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Sozopol Seminars Scholarships—Submissions due by March 28th, 2018 (fiction contest, residency + travel expenses)

Who: Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. English speakers need not be fluent in Bulgarian, or vice versa. 

What: Application materials include a professional biography, statement of purpose, and a 10-20 page fiction writing sample. A total number of ten applicants (five writing in English and five in Bulgarian) will be admitted to the seminar as participants and appointed fellows of the program. The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation will cover their room, board, and in-country transportation. The five English-language fellows traveling to Bulgaria will be reimbursed for 50% of their international travel expenses.

Cost: Free

To Submit: More information on the contest as well as a link to the online submission form may be found here

Winning Writers Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest—Submissions due by April 1st, 2018 (poetry contest, $$$ prizes + online publication)

What: One humorous poem up to 250 lines in length. Work may be published or unpublished, and may contain "inspired gibberish." First prize is $1,000, second prize is $250, and ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. 

Cost: Free

To Submit: Contest details and a link to an online submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

This week's #MSWL highlights: Platonic love and fossil forests

 Jess Dallow, Associate Agent at Brower Literary
Jess retweets herself: "This thread is still my #MSWL. Platonic, loving, weird relationships." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: YA Contemporary; Adult Commercial Fiction

"She loves family stories (in the vein of This is Where I Leave You), thrillers (serial killers; child psychopaths; and the things that keep you up at night), mysteries, and strong women’s fiction that delves into the complexities of our world today as well as supportive female friendships. She loves original voices and stories that are impossible to put down."

How to submit: Jess is accepting queries via email at jess@browerliterary.com. Click here for all submission info on the agency's website. Follow her on Twitter @jldallow.

Chris Kepner, Agent at The Kepner Agency 
Chris is looking for this National Geographic headline in book form: "Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Any genre

Nonfiction: Any genre

How to submit: Chris is accepting queries via email at chris@kepneragency.com. Click here for more information on the agency's submission policies. You can follow him on Twitter @chriskepner.

Ejusdem Generis

A few weeks ago we linked to a piece that explored the idea that writing romance can be a political act. Well, the struggle continues, as the Guardian reports today about the publisher Riptide, which has come under fire for its, well, racist perspectives and actions. Last week, romance author Cole McCade detailed an exchange he had with one of Riptide's editors in which he was told that they were unwilling to put a person of color on a book cover because it would hurt sales. The Guardian ties this to the larger issue of the lack of support for authors of color on the part of romance publishers generally. 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: January 22, 2018

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Happy New Year! Although we were off-line a bit longer than we planned, GSF is back in the full swing of things. This week we showcase two agent promotions, some great submissions opportunities, Manuscript Wishlist highlights, and a very cool directory 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 Stephanies are Promoted to Senior Agent!

Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency.

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary fiction, upmarket women’s and commercial fiction. Will consider literary thriller and suspense, and YA crossover. No historical or romance fiction will be considered.

Nonfiction: Narrative nonfiction, memoir, investigative journalism, and true crime

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at stephanie@transatlanticagency.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Stephanie Delman has been promoted to Senior Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. 

Seeking:

Fiction: Literary/upmarket contemporary fiction, genre-bending suspense, and atmospheric, near-historical fiction (past 200 years)

Nonfiction: Select range of non-fiction by authors with established, engaging, and unique perspectives, as well as a few comic illustrators

“While Stephanie does not work with strict genre writers, she is drawn toward literary narratives that contain elements of surrealism, magic, or sci-fi (think STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel or HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado). She also enjoys interwoven plots, epic/international family sagas, and fictionalized accounts of overlooked periods in history.”

Stephanie is accepting queries via email at sdelman@sjga.com. More information about submissions may be found on her profile page, here.

Submission Deadlines

Within the next two weeks: Big $$$ for a nonfiction manuscript in progress, a cool residency for a poet, and a fellowship with Sesame Street!

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize—Submissions due January 31st, 2018 (Nonfiction—$$$ Advance + Publication)

Who: Any writer who is not yet established in the genre and resides in the United States is eligible.

What: A minimum of 100 pages (25,000 words) from the manuscript, a cover letter, and a project description. Winner receives a $12,000 advance and publication with Graywolf Press

Entry Fee: $0

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing—Submissions due February 1st, 2018 (Poetry Residency—$$$ Stipend + up to 4 months of lodging)

Who: Poets writing a first or second book!

What: Up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. The residency provides lodging in Bucknell's "Poets' Cottage" and a stipend of $5,000.

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room 2018 Fellowship Program—Submissions due February 4th, 2018 (Fellowship)

Who: Fresh writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders.

What: 8 weekly sessions with industry writers, producers, agents, and executives at the Sesame Street NYC offices on creating children’s educational media content.

Cost: Travel and lodging expenses only.

To Submit: Contest guidelines and a submission form may be found here.

What Agents Want

#MSWL Highlights: Lots of fiction for all ages, and nonfiction about awesome women for Middle Grade!

Lynnette Novak, Literary Assistant at The Seymour Agency
Lynette is asking for more submissions! Her twitter bio states that she is currently being mentored by Nicole Resciniti, president of the agency. Please send her more "Adult: fantasy, contemporary romance, thriller, & sci-fi YA: sci-fi, contemporary, thriller, & mystery." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: What she said in the tweet!

Nonfiction: Nope

How to Submit: Jennifer is accepting submissions at querylynnette@theseymouragency.com. Send query and first five pages pasted in an email.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @Lynnette_Novak.

Ali Herring, Assistant Literary Agent at Spencerhill Associates
Ali is connecting with her Native American heritage. "As a person of Cherokee descent, I would love to see a Young Adult (maybe Middle Grade) work centered on the Trail of Tears. Any stories built from oral tradition?" Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade (esp. sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction  

Nonfiction: Seems like a no!

"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 through Query Manger (click here). More information and submission guidelines may be found here.

Follow Ali on Twitter @HerringAli.

Stacey Graham, Agent at Red Sofa Literary [PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2108]
Stacey WILL BE (after 1/31/18) seeking more Middle Grade Nonfiction projects about women with moxie. She says: "Last year, I received a ton of queries about fantastic female scientists and mathematicians. This year, I'd love to see female entrepreneurs, historical athletes, authors (Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter bios), and politicians (Shirley Chisholm, Victoria Woodhull)." Source Tweet

Seeking:

Fiction: Middle Grade, Romance, Mystery 

Nonfiction: YES! Specifically: "Nonfiction that walks on the weird side — all age groups."

Special Requests:

Spiritualism: Middle Grade or adult, nonfiction or fiction

Ouija: Adult, nonfiction

Witches: Middle Grade or adult, fiction with a new twist

Old West: Middle Grade, nonfiction or fiction. Think Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, women of the Wild West, African-American cowboys.

Romance with heart…but that doesn’t take itself too seriously

Middle Grade nonfiction series on women with moxie: Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, Hedy Lamarr, Mary Shelley, Ida Lupino

How to Submit: Stacey will be accepting queries on February 1, 2018 via email at stacey@redsofaliterary.com. More information and submission guidelines may be found on her personal website here.

Follow Stacey on Twitter @staceyigraham.

Ejusdem Generis

While surfing(?) the Twittersphere, I happened on to Penny Moore @precociouspenny, who introduced us to a directory being compiled on The Literary Agents of Color website. "Created by literary agents of color, this directory will serve as a guide as we seek to accomplish two goals: To advocate for and protect the interests of creatives. To support and promote the careers of POC agents." Entries in the directory include an agent bio, what the agent is currently seeking, and a link to their submission guidelines. If you know someone who isn't on the list, but should be, you can contact them here. You can find their ever growing list of literary agents of color 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.