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LITERARY NONFICTION

What We Are Looking For

Willenfield Literary strives to represent the best in contemporary literary nonfiction—aka creative nonfiction or narrative nonfiction. We are looking for smart, engaging projects with a personal, identifiable voice and a distinctive point of view as well as projects that weave a personal narrative with conceptual ideas, philosophical reflection, historical facts, and/or research. We are interested in a wide range of themes—including race, gender, love, sexuality, loss, grief, places, urban life, the natural world, climate change, social justice, food, art, photography, contemporary culture, and technology.

Regardless of the subject, we are looking for writing that is interrogative, reflective, analytical, exploratory, and/or expository in nature. Proposed projects must have a contemporary feel and be original in one way or another, whether in terms of subject or style (or both).

All literary nonfiction forms that meet our requirements will be considered for potential representation. However, we are particularly interested in literary memoirs, book-length essays and essay collections, literary journalism, social or cultural criticism, art writing, film and television writing, nature and environment writing, place writing, travel writing, and food narratives.

Examples of our taste in literary nonfiction:

• The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Coventry by Rachel Cusk
I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum
Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti
Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello
Take This Man by Brando Skyhorse
Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl
Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through by T Fleischmann
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
Rising by Elizabeth Rush

Please note that we are highly selective about literary nonfiction projects. We are looking for writers who have been published in well-known and reputable literary magazines, have completed a program in creative writing (such as an MFA), have received prizes for their writing, or have held writing fellowships or residencies. We also welcome submissions from anyone with expertise—including journalists, anthropologists, art historians, literary scholars, philosophers, artists, and filmmakers, among others—and who have been published in literary magazines, international newspapers, and other publications.

If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to our Submission Guidelines page.