Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of late summer 2016.
This list is for Adult Fantasy Novels.
All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of August 2016 that they are actively seeking adult fantasy novels (speculative) submissions NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. Good luck querying!
1. Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
How to submit: Contact Mark through Trident’s submissions form online:
2. Mary C. Moore (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)
Notes: “In adult fantasy, I’m seeking epic (with a capital E) with matriarchs instead of patriarchs, historical based on non-English medieval cultures, high, low, silkpunk, mythic, fairytales, romantic, weird, female heroic, and dark fantasy. I am NOT seeking paranormal or urban fantasy currently due to the over-saturation in the market. In this genre I prefer third person POV with a focus on atmosphere and world-building.”
How to submit: “Please use my submission form found on both my personal site and the Kimberley Cameron & Associates site.
3. Danielle Burby (HSG Agency)
Notes: She gravitates toward stories with strong voices and particularly enjoys complex female characters, coming-of-age stories … [and] fantasy that takes her to an unfamiliar world.
How to submit: E-query dburby [at] hsgagency.com. Please send a query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript (within the email–no attachments please!). Typically responds within 8 weeks.
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4. Valerie Noble (Donaghy Literary)
How to submit: E-mail query [at] donaghyliterary.com and put “Query for Valerie: [title]” in the e-mail subject line. Then follow their submission guidelines located online here:
5. Lisa Rodgers (Jabberwockky Literary)
Notes: “I’m particularly drawn to characters whose struggles include not just “the quest”, but also choices that challenge their beliefs or values. I love both high- and low-magic fantasies; cohesive worldbuilding is the more important ingredient. While I tend to prefer epic, contemporary, or dark fantasies, I also enjoy trying new things.”
How to submit: “A brief one- to three-page synopsis can be included with your query letter, but is in no way required. With an e-mail query, this synopsis must be pasted below your query letter; e-mail queries with attachments will be deleted, unread.”
6. Lauren Speiller (Triada US)
Notes: “I like immersive fantasies, such as The Night Circus, The Miniaturist, The Rook, and A Darker Shade of Magic.”
How to submit: Please send a concise summary of your work, along with the first ten pages in the body of an e-mail to lauren [at] triadaus.com.
7. Maximillian Ximenez (L. Perkins Agency)
Notes: “I’m looking for books that either critique or avoid the standard Medieval fantasy milieu.”
How to Submit: Send query letter to submissions [@] lperkinsagency.com. Include the first five pages of your novel with your query letter. No attachments.
8. Connor Goldsmith (Fuse Literary)
How to Submit: Send your query letter, a 1-2 page full plot synopsis, and the first ten pages of your manuscript to queryconnor [@] fuseliterary.com.
Please paste all content into the body of the email; attachments will not be opened.
9. Ginger Clark (Curtis Brown)
How to Submit: Send query letter and contact information to gc [@] cbltd.com.
You can also submit via an online form.
10. Michelle Johnson (Inklings Literary)
Notes: “Diverse books welcome.”
How to Submit: Send queries to query [@] inklingsliterary.com. Type “Query for Michelle” and the title of your novel in the e-mail subject line. Include a synopsis and the first 10 pages of your manuscript. No attachments.
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11. Jennifer Azantian (Azantian Literary)
Notes: “Of particular interest are stories that explore meaningful human interactions against fantastic backdrops, underrepresented voices, obscure retold fairy tales, modernized mythologies, historical fantasy, space operas, hopeful futures, and internally consistent epic fantasy.”
How to Submit: To submit, send your query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and first 10-15 pages in the body of your email to queries [@] azantianlitagency.com. Messages sent with attachments will not be opened. Please indicate if this an exclusive submission.
12. Lindsay Mealing (Emerald City Literary)
How to submit: Send your query letter to querylindsay [at] emeraldcityliterary.com.
Please paste the first five pages of your manuscript below your query – attachments will not be opened. I respond to all queries, so if you have not heard back from me within three weeks, please follow up.
13. Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary)
Notes: She seeks particularly epic, contemporary, near-future, and diverse. She has a special interest in locked-room mysteries, psychological, multiple POVs, lesser-explored settings, and unusual retellings.
How to Submit: Send queries to query [@] deemuraliterary.com. Put your name and the project title in the subject. Include a synopsis and the first 25 pages of your ms in the body of the email.
14. Rebecca Strauss (DeFiore and Company)
How to Submit: Please email her at Rebecca [@] defliterary.com with a brief query letter containing information on your book, your bio and the first five pages in the body of the email.
Please include the word “Query” and your book title in the subject line.
15. Victoria Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary)
How to Submit: Please email a query to vselvaggio [@] windstream.net and put “Query” in the subject line of your email.
Send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph summary (pitch).
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