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LITERARY FICTION SUBMISSIONS

Submissions that do not adhere to the following guidelines WILL NOT be reviewed.

For all literary fiction projects, please send a query letter, a 1-page synopsis, and the first 2 chapters of the manuscript or first 30 pages as a single file. We accept DOC, DOCX, and RTF files that are less than 2MB. PDFs are not acceptable.

Query letters should be concise and straightforward—no more than 2 pages. Tell us about the work briefly. A book’s marketability is an important consideration so please state where you think it would sit in the marketplace—comparison titles, similar authors, and intended audience. Please also include a rough total word count. Finally, tell us about yourself and your literary background, including prior publications, residencies, prizes, and any other information relevant to your career as a writer. You are welcome to attach a brief literary resume. Synopses should be written in third person, present tense, providing the full scope of the work—including the ending. Please do not send a manuscript unless we have specifically requested it.

Be sure to send your submission file as an attachment to submissions@willenfield.com. Please include in the body of your email: your name, email address and phone number, and project category. The submission file should include the title of your book and your last name. Example: Beginners—Robson. The subject line of your email should read as follows: LF Query—Book Title—Last Name. Within a few minutes of submission you’ll receive an automatic email confirmation that we received your query. Do not call or email to follow up.

If your submission interests us, we will ask to see the full manuscript. Please note: requesting a manuscript is by no means a guarantee that we will be offering representation. If we decide to represent the work (and you by extension), we’ll ask you to sign our standard agency agreement. After that comes the editing and manuscript finalization process, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months or more. We will not pitch a book to publishers unless we are satisfied that the manuscript is in the best form it can.