Literary agents are gatekeepers of the publishing industry. Find fantasy literary agents open to submissions in this post. List will be updated regularly.
Literary agents are important decision-makers in the publishing process for authors who wish to be published by many of the big publishers. However, all literary agents do not represent all genres. In fact, an agent who claims to do this should be approached with caution. Just as authors tend to specialize in one or two genres, agents find niches and specialize in a handful of genres.
In this post, I've collected recently shared agent spotlights with literary agents who are accepting fantasy submissions. This list will be updated regularly with new agents added to the top.
Peter Rubie of FinePrint Literary Management
Peter Rubie is currently the CEO of FinePrint Literary management, a NYC-based literary agency. He grew up in England and was a Fleet Street journalist, before becoming one of the youngest news editors for BBC Radio News. He came to the U.S. in 1981 and worked as a freelance editor and writer for agents and major publishers before becoming the adult fiction editor at Walker & Co. for 6 years. He left that job to become a literary agent.
He has also been an adjunct professor in the New York University publishing faculty, where for 10 years he taught the only university-level course in the country on how to become a literary agent. For several years, he was also the director of the book publishing section of NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute. Peter thinks of himself as “an editor in recovery” who picks and chooses various ed boards for his clients’ projects. He often works extensively on the editorial content and presentation of a project before submitting it.
Kat Enright of the Seymour Agency
Kat Enright (she/they) is an Associate Agent at the Seymour Agency, and they represent both fiction and nonfiction. Prior to joining the Seymour Agency, they worked in a variety of departments in publishing, including Sales and Editorial, and they have a keen understanding of the many stages that a book must go through in order to reach bookshelves.
As someone who lives on the corner of many intersections, they are most especially interested in elevating voices of marginalized authors.
Eric Smith of P.S. Literary
Eric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary, working across multiple categories, and has worked with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors. When he isn’t busy working on other people’s books, sometimes he writes his own. His latest novel, The Girl and the Grove, was published by Flux in 2018, and his next novel, Don’t Read the Comments, will be published by Inkyard Press in January 2020.
He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, son, and overly affectionate corgi.
Anne Tibbets of Metamorphosis Literary Agency
Anne Tibbets began her career as a screenwriter, author, and literary agency intern at D4EO, becoming a full-time agent in 2018 at Red Sofa Literary.
Anne represents adult and young adult science fiction and fantasy, thrillers, horror, historical, and mystery.
Devin Ross of New Leaf Literary & Media
Devin earned her B.A. in English from Lawrence University and her Publishing Certificate at the Denver Publishing Institute.
She began her publishing career as an author’s assistant, helping authors grow their platforms and meet their deadlines.
Her next career move landed her in the Subsidiary Rights department at Crown Publishing Group before she found her home at New Leaf Literary & Media.