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HOW TO SUBMIT A QUERY

GENERAL INFORMATION

Willenfield is a highly specialized literary agency with a unique emphasis on literary writing. Specifically, we are looking for projects of high literary quality—by established and emerging writers who have had works published in literary magazines or journals, have completed an MFA program or equivalent in creative writing, have received prizes or special recognition for their writing, or have held writing fellowships or residencies.

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. We look forward to reading your best work.

GUIDELINES FOR LITERARY FICTION PROJECTS

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

GUIDELINES FOR NARRATIVE NONFICTION PROJECTS

Please prepare queries according to the guidelines and specifications described here: narrative 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 your name, email address, phone number, and project category in the body of your email.

We do not accept submissions by physical mail. All submissions received this way will be recycled unopened. We cannot accept responsibility for anything you decide to send us, so please retain a copy of your material.

RESPONSE TIMES

Our response time for queries can range from 2 days to 6 weeks, although 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 2 to 4 weeks. Responses may be delayed during busy periods or holidays.

POLICIES & COURTESIES

We ask that you query one project at a time. We empathize with your anticipation but ask that you 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.

For submission withdrawals, please send an email to info@willenfield.com with either “Query Withdrawal” or “Manuscript Withdrawal” in the subject line.