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LITERARY FICTION SUBMISSIONS

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

For literary fiction projects, please send the following as a single file: a query letter, a synopsis of between 300 and 500 words, and the first 2 chapters of the manuscript or first 30 pages (arranged in that order). Acceptable file types are DOC and DOCX. PDFs will not be accepted.

Query letters should be concise and straightforward—no more than a page. Address the letter to the agent, not to a generic “to whom it may concern.” Tell us about the work (including title and word count) and where your book would sit in the marketplace (comparison titles, similar authors, intended audience, etc). 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. The synopsis should provide the full scope of your novel or short story collection—from beginning to end. Please do not send a manuscript unless we have specifically requested it.

Send your submission package as a single attachment to submissions@willenfield.com. Please include in the body of your email: your name, contact information (email address and phone number), and project category (i.e. literary fiction). The submission file should include the title of your book and your last name. Example: The_Beginners_Robson. The subject line of your email should be in this format: Query—Title—Last Name. Example: Query—The Beginners—Robson. You will receive an auto-response via email confirming receipt of your submission. Please do not call or email to follow up.

When you submit a query we review it against the following criteria: quality and clarity of the query, literary merit of the project and significance, freshness and originality of the project, and project viability and publishing potential.

We aim to respond to queries for literary fiction within 6 to 8 weeks. Due to the large volume of submissions we receive daily, it is not always possible for us to provide a written response to every query. If you have not received a response within the given time frame, it unfortunately indicates that we do not intend to pursue your project for representation.

We look forward to reading your submission.