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NARRATIVE NONFICTION SUBMISSIONS

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

For all narrative nonfiction projects, please send a query letter, a literary resume, and a nonfiction book proposal 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. Provide a clear outline of your topic, indicating what makes it unique and compelling. 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. Please advise if the project has been rejected by publishers in the past and provide any other information that is relevant to our consideration of the proposal. Note that you must use our nonfiction book proposal template without exceptions. 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 must include the working title of your book and your last name. Example: Vineland—Nguyen. The subject line of your email should read as follows: NN 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 (memoirs only) or ask follow-up questions if applicable. Please note: requesting a manuscript or asking follow-up questions does not 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 nonfiction project to publishers unless we are satisfied that the proposal is in the best form it can.