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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Short Story Submissions

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Henry Dunow

💼 Agency: Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.dclagency.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, African-American, Business Book, Children's Book, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Mystery, Short Story, Spirituality, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients: Aimee Bender, Alice Sebold, Peter Mountford, Jean Thompson, Robin Black, Hilma Wolitzer

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Adam Schear

💼 Agency: DeFiore and Company

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.defliterary.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, #ownvoices

Previous clients: Jake Wolff, Julie Lekstrom Himes, Scott Bedford, Jen Adams

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Kimberly Witherspoon

💼 Agency: InkWell Management

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://inkwellmanagement.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Cookbook, Fantasy, Romance, Short Story, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Chick Lit

Previous clients: Anthony Bourdain, Cindy Crawford, Lena Dunham, Dean Koontz, José Andrés

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Terra Chalberg

💼 Agency: Chalberg & Sussman Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.chalbergsussman.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Story, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Victoria Fedden, Margaux Fragoso, Elizabeth Isadora Gold, Lori Ostlund

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Dorian Karchmar

💼 Agency: William Morris Endeavor

🌍 Location: Los Angeles, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.wmebookdepartment.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Story, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, LGBTQ, Self-Help

Previous clients: Alexandra Curry, Marc Estrin, Robert Rosenberg, Patricia Wood, Kate Jacobs

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Warren Frazier

💼 Agency: John Hawkins & Associates

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.jhalit.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Business Book, Graphic Novel, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Short Story

Previous clients: Joyce Carol Oates, Mark Z. Danielewski, Olga Grushin, Jess Walter

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Suzanne Gluck

💼 Agency: William Morris Endeavor

🌍 Location: Los Angeles, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.wmebookdepartment.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Business Book, Spirituality, Short Story, Young Adult

Previous clients: Judy Blume, Jill Abramson, Elizabeth Berg, Meg Wolitzer

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Molly Friedrich

💼 Agency: The Friedrich Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.friedrichagency.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Diverse Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Short Story, Thriller

Previous clients: Jane Smiley, Frank McCourt, Terry McMillan, Melissa Bank, Leslie Daniels, Alison Espach

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Justin Brouckaert

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Story, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Sports, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients: Brian Dumaine, Lauren Aguirre, Greg Bluestein, Diane Cardwell, Lindsay Powers

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Alice Tasman

💼 Agency: Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.jvnla.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Emily Gray Tedrowe, Dianne Dixon, Catherine Greenman, Stephen Wetta, Ellen Potter

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Short Story Literary Agents in Other Countries 🌎

What do literary agents do?

A literary agent represents your book to acquiring editors who want to publish it. In other words, an agent gets the foot of new authors in the door of a publishing house — and onto the path of getting traditionally published. 

In addition to championing you and your writing and serving as your point of contact with others in publishing, literary agents understand editors’ tastes and the types of books they are looking to add to their lists — a crucial component in getting any publishing house to invest in the works of new authors. Since most big publishers don’t accept unsolicited submissions, getting a literary agent who’s accepting submissions is the most realistic route to traditional publication, particularly for debut authors.

Aside from getting your foot in the door, what else do literary agents do?

  • They are expert negotiators, combining publishing acumen with a nose for the value of good, sellable writing;
  • They act as mediators between you and your publisher (when you don’t want to hurt your working relationship with an editor by talking brass tacks);
  • They manage the financial and marketing side of things while you concentrate on the writing; and
  • They often have strong editorial skills, helping refine your manuscript before you submit it to a publisher.

As you might've guessed, literary agents are especially important for debut authors, who often don't have a starting point in the vast maze that is the publishing industry. That's what a literary agent will become for you: a guide to help you throughout the publishing process, and kickstart your publishing career. 

New authors might be intimidated by the wealth of information and cautionary signs in the industry. It's especially tricky to research literary agents when some are open to submissions from new authors, and some are not.

If you're one of those debut authors, don't fret! We've got you covered with the resources that you need to gain your bearings. 

Resources for new authors landing a literary agent in 2024

You might think that a great book is all you need to catch a literary agent’s attention. But you’ll need to put in a good amount of work to land them — and that includes everything from the careful study of each agent's wishlist to personalizing your query letter for each candidate..

Whether you’re a new author learning how to research literary agents or an experienced writer refining your query letter, here are the resources that can give you a headstart.

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