We are temporarily closed to submissions to catch up on our backlog and attend to client projects. Please check back at the end of April 2020 for an update. Thank you for your interest in Willenfield Literary Agency.


We strongly encourage writers seeking representation to research various agencies prior to approaching us. We look for well-crafted literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, graphic narrative, and poetry projects, and are partial to thematically-serious, intellectually engaging, and innovative work.

All queries must be submitted using our online submission portal. We have separate guidelines for each category. See the particular guidelines for each category below. Please send us the absolute best representation of your work.


For literary fiction, please follow these guidelines.

For narrative nonfiction, please follow these guidelines.

For graphic narrative, please follow these guidelines.

For poetry, please follow these guidelines.

We do not accept submissions by email or physical mail, and we do not discuss concepts over the phone or by email. Likewise, we cannot accept or discuss submissions on social media. All submissions received by physical mail will be recycled unopened. We cannot accept responsibility for anything you decide to send us, so please retain a copy of your material.


We strive to process and respond to submissions in a timely manner. Depending on the category, response time can range from 2 days to 4 weeks. However, it might take us a bit longer to review your material and respond during busy periods or holidays.

We cannot guarantee written responses to unsuccessful queries. If you have not received a response within 6 weeks, it unfortunately indicates that we will not be requesting more material or offering representation. Please know that all queries that follow our guidelines are reviewed and given careful consideration.

For full manuscript requests, we aim to respond within 4 weeks. Responses may be delayed during busy periods or holidays.


We ask that you submit no more than one query at a time. Multiple submissions will be automatically deleted.

We empathize with your anticipation but ask that you please do not call or email to request a status update on a submission.

Please do not send a manuscript unless we have specifically requested it. Unsolicited manuscripts will be deleted unread.

We regret that we cannot offer feedback or reasoning for why we passed on a project. Neither are we able to offer detailed critique, editorial comments, or suggestions for improvement with respect to submissions. We consider ourselves merely readers only until a prospective client signs with us.