For literary fiction projects, please send a query letter, a detailed synopsis of your novel, and the first two chapters of the manuscript (or approximately the first 30 pages to a natural break).

Query letters should be concise and straightforward. Provide a brief description of your novel, the title, and word count. Tell us about the intended audience and identify comparable titles. Finally, tell us about yourself and your literary background, including prior publications, residencies, prizes, and any other relevant information. The synopsis should be sufficiently detailed, providing the full scope of your novel, from beginning to end. Most importantly, it should state very clearly how the story ends. Please do not send a manuscript unless we have specifically requested it.

Send your submission to as a single DOC, DOCX or RTF file. PDFs will not be accepted. The submission file must include the title of your novel and your last name. For example: The Beginners_Robson. The subject line of your email should read: Literary Fiction Query — Book Title — Your Last Name.

You will receive an auto-response via email confirming receipt of your submission. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission.

If we are interested in your project, we will follow up by email or by phone within 8 weeks. However, if you haven’t heard from us within this time frame please assume that we are passing on your project.

Thank you for considering Willenfield Literary for representation. We look forward to reading your submission.