For literary nonfiction projects, please send a query letter and a literary CV or résumé detailing any publications, awards, and residencies.

Query letters should be concise and straightforward. Please provide a clear outline of your topic, indicating what makes it unique and compelling. 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. Do not hesitate to include anything else about your project that will allow us to adequately assess its publishing potential. If we are interested, we will respond with a request for a full book proposal, prepared according to the following guidelines. Please do not send a proposal 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 working title of your book and your last name. For example: Vineland_Nguyen. The subject line of your email should read: Literary Nonfiction 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.