Willenfield Literary Agency is a boutique literary agency dedicated to high-quality contemporary literature from North American and international voices. Based in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, home of the world renowned Ottawa International Writers Festival and a thriving literary and arts scene, Willenfield represents literary fiction and a wide range of narrative nonfiction.

We place a premium on craft and art, and strive to champion thematically-serious, intellectually engaging, innovative projects from established and emerging literary writers. Across the literary fiction and narrative nonfiction categories, we seek vibrant, culturally relevant writing targeted at a broad audience. We are especially drawn to writing with something new and important to say about contemporary life and the human experience. We are also passionate about projects with international appeal.

Being a new agency, we are currently building our list. We welcome queries from a geographically broad and culturally rich spectrum of literary writers. In line with our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we encourage submissions from BIPOC writers, LGBTQ2SIA+ writers, immigrant writers, writers with disabilities, and other writers traditionally underrepresented in the world of literary publishing.

We are committed to providing first-class services to the writers we represent. Clients can count on our rigorous editorial approach and the close attention we pay to their work. They can also count on our deep and extensive knowledge of the complex and dynamic publishing landscape. We’ll work collaboratively with clients to place their projects with the right publishing houses—whether in North America, the UK, or other English-language markets. Once a project has sold, we will vigorously pursue opportunities in subsidiary rights—including international and translation sales—directly or in conjunction with specialist subagents. Above all, our goal is to build relationships with our clients across the lifetime of their writing careers. We’re in it for the long haul—not for just one book project.

We strongly encourage writers seeking representation to research various agencies before submitting a query. We are not a conventional agency so we expect writers to query us purposefully—with a clear sense of our unique vision and interests.