Willenfield Literary is a full-service international literary agency based in Ottawa, Canada.

We are an independent-minded boutique agency with a specialized focus. Dedicated to representing works of high literary quality, we are passionate about championing contemporary literature that pushes the boundaries of what is possible through language. While we are certainly interested in content and context, we place an extremely high premium on craft and style. This outlook sets us apart from other literary agencies in North America. Our emphasis is on strong, well-crafted literary fiction and literary nonfiction projects with a contemporary resonance.

Our ethos is simple: to leverage our in-depth knowledge, acumen, experience, and industry linkages to build successful, enduring writing careers. Our hands-on approach means that clients benefit from our strong editorial skills and the close attention we pay to their work. Clients can also count on us to work hard to place their projects with the right publishing houses in Canada, the United States, the UK, and other English-language markets. Once a project has sold, we will vigorously pursue opportunities in international and translation sales, film, television, digital, and audio—directly or in conjunction with specialist subagents.

Being a new agency, we are currently building our list. We welcome representation queries from emerging, mid-career, and established writers from all over the world. We are especially keen to discover and represent work by writers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented in literary book publishing, including BIPOC voices, members of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community, and individuals with disabilities.

Willenfield Literary is committed to the highest standards in literary representation and management. We do not charge reading fees; neither do we charge for our time and expense in reviewing, editing, and developing projects for sale.