Willenfield Literary Agency is a full-service literary agency dedicated to contemporary literature and writing. The agency is based in Ottawa, Canada.

We are an independent-minded, internationally-focused boutique agency passionate about championing works that push the boundaries of what is possible through language. We celebrate literary writing in all its complexity and diversity, and are committed to supporting intellectual ambition, creativity, and artistic risktaking in written expression. 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 mission is to help shape the contemporary literary scene of the future by representing intelligent, challenging, and innovative works by today’s most important writers and by discovering bold and exciting new voices—across literary fiction and literary nonfiction. Our ethos is rooted in a commitment to building successful, enduring writing careers. To this end, we leverage our in-depth knowledge, experience, industry linkages, and strategic impulses to support our clients’ publishing goals.

Clients can count on our editorial approach and the close attention we pay to their work. They can also count on us to work hard to place their projects with the right publishing houses in North America, the UK, and other English-language markets. Once a project has sold, we will vigorously pursue opportunities in international and translation sales, film and 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 whose work is of exceptional quality and who demonstrate potential for continued outstanding work. We are especially keen to discover and represent 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 Agency 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.