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HOW TO SUBMIT A QUERY

Prior to making a submission, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our website to determine whether we—you and us—might be a good fit. We will only seriously consider projects and writers that seem right for us.

GENERAL INFORMATION

These guidelines are intended to help you and us—please adhere to them. The better prepared your query is the more efficiently it will pass through our review process. Your careful attention and cooperation are appreciated.

We accept submissions year-round. See the particular guidelines for each category below. All submissions must follow industry formatting standards: Times New Roman or equivalent, black type, 12 pt. font, 1.5 or double-spaced, left aligned, with one-inch margins and numbered pages.

GUIDELINES FOR LITERARY FICTION PROJECTS

Please prepare queries according to the guidelines and specifications described here: literary fiction guidelines.

GUIDELINES FOR LITERARY NONFICTION PROJECTS

Please prepare queries according to the guidelines and specifications described here: literary nonfiction guidelines.

SENDING YOUR WORK

Queries must be sent as attachments (no zip files) via email. We accept DOC, DOCX, and RTF files that are less than 2MB. PDFs are not acceptable. Please email all queries to submissions@willenfield.com. Queries sent to a different email address will not be acknowledged or reviewed.

Please include in the body of your email: your name, email address and phone number, and project category.

We do not accept submissions by physical mail. All submissions received this way will be recycled unopened. Do not send any work on CDs, flash drives, or any other digital storage device. Do not send materials as a shared file or via download links—we will not open them. We cannot accept queries via social media. We cannot accept responsibility for anything you decide to send us, so please retain a copy of your material.

REVIEW CRITERIA

All queries are reviewed against the following criteria: literary merit of the project and significance, freshness and originality of the project, project viability and publishing potential, and the writer’s literary background.

RESPONSE TIMES

We aim to respond to queries within 6 weeks for fiction and within 4 weeks for nonfiction. Responses might take a bit longer during busy periods or holidays.

Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we cannot guarantee a written response to every query. If you have not received a response within the given time frame, it unfortunately indicates that we will not be requesting more material or offering representation. Please know that all queries receive careful consideration.

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

POLICIES & COURTESIES

We ask that you query one project at a time. Please do not call or email to follow up on the status of your submission. Please do not send a manuscript unless we have specifically requested it.

You can submit to other agencies at the same time, but be sure to indicate in your query letter that you are making a simultaneous submission. If you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let us know immediately.

We regret that we cannot respond to questions about the status of a submission, nor are we able to offer feedback or reasoning for why we passed on a project.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please send an email to info@willenfield.com.