Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I'm creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016.
This list is for science fiction.
All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that they are actively seeking science fiction submissions NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. Good luck querying!
1. Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates)
Notes: "I prefer my adult speculative fiction to have some grounding in reality, so for that audience am looking for SF set in our world, or a world with strong echoes of our own. I'd love books like YEAR ZEROby Rob Reid or READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. I'm a little more flexible when it comes to YA in terms of being removed from reality, and I especially enjoy teen books set in alternate societies. Some YA books along the lines of what I'm looking for include LEGEND by Marie Lu and THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken."
How to Submit: To submit your work for consideration, please send a query letter, synopsis, and the first 30 pages (or three chapters of your work, whichever is more) to carlie [@] ckwebber.com and put the word "Query" in the subject line of your email. You may include your materials either in the body of your email or as a Word or PDF attachment. Blank emails that include an attachment will be deleted unread. She only accepts queries via email.
2. Jennie Goloboy (Red Sofa Literary)
Notes: “I’m especially looking for adult sci-fi and fantasy. Lighthearted and optimistic books are always welcome, and I love diverse protagonists. Have you got an unusual premise and an engaging protagonist? Send it my way!”
How to Submit: Send queries to jennie [@] redsofaliterary.com. "We highly encourage everyone to send an email and/or query letter initially, before attempting to send a full book proposal or sample chapters. If there is an interest, we will directly contact the author. If querying via email, please only put the contents of your query IN the email. We will not open attachments unless they have been requested in advance." Please do not query Amanda Rutter of Red Sofa Literary (also on this list) if querying Jennie.
3. Moe Ferrara (BookEnds)
How to Submit: Send queries to MFsubmissions [@] bookendsliterary.com. Queries should be no more than a one-page query letter in the body of the e-mail. At this stage in the submission process we will not accept or open attachments. Address your query to Moe specifically.
4. Marisa Corvisiero (Covisiero Literary)
Notes: "I love heavy science books (THE MARTIAN types) with quirky characters, or flawed redeemable characters who save the day. I'm an energy, space, and time travel nerd. So bring it on! I'm also really looking for MG and YA. MG Science fiction would be a dream. Especially if there is some kind of adventure and high stakes, even if the stakes are just important to the main character. They don't have to be saving the world, but if they are it needs to be a well thought out and unique idea."
How to Submit: Marisa prefers that you attach the 1-2 page synopsis (double-spaced) and the first 5 pages of your manuscript to the query e-mail as separate Word .doc or .docx files. No paper or faxed submissions will be reviewed. Send all queries to query [@] corvisieroagency.com and address Marisa by name in the salutation.
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5. DongWon Song (Howard Morhaim Literary)
Notes: "I'm specifically looking for Science Fiction for YA (no middle grade), Space Opera, and Smart Near Future SF. NO Military SF or Cyberpunk or thrillers."
How to Submit: Email your query letter and the first three chapters of your novel. Email attachments are acceptable. No snail mail submissions will be considered. Send queries to dongwon [@] morhaimliterary.com.
6. Amelia Appel (McIntosh & Otis)
Notes: "I’m most interested in novels with elements of SF, not overwhelmingly in-your-face SF (meaning entire space settings, alien-focused stories, inter-planet battles, and that sort of thing, aren’t right for me)."
How to Submit: Send queries to AAquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. "We ask that all text be pasted in the body of the email as outlined in the submission guidelines. Emails containing attachments will not be opened and will be automatically deleted due to security reasons. Because of the high volume of submissions we receive, we will only respond to queries when we are interested in reviewing additional materials. Please send a query letter, synopsis, author bio, and the first three consecutive chapters (no more than 30 pages) of your novel."
7. Caitlin McDonald (Donald Maass Literary)
How to Submit: To query, please email query.cmcdonald [@] maassagency.com with the query letter, synopsis, and the first ten pages of your novel pasted into the body of the email.
8. Penny Moore (Empire Literary)
How to Submit: Send a query and the first ten pages of your ms pasted into the body of the e-mail to Penny [@] empireliterary.com with the word “Query” in the subject line.
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9. Amanda Rutter (Red Sofa Literary)
How to Submit: Send queries to Amanda [@] redsofaliterary.com. "We highly encourage everyone to send an email and/or query letter initially, before sending sample chapters. If there is an interest, we will directly contact the author. If querying via email, please only put the contents of your query IN the email. We will not open attachments unless they have been requested in advance." Please do not query Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary (also on this list) if querying Amanda.
10. Matt Bialer (Sanford Greenburger)
How to Submit: Please send query letter in the body of your email, and then send the following as an attachment: the first three chapters of your book. No snail-mail queries will be accepted. Send queries to mbialer [@] sjga.com.
11. Andy Kifer (Gernert)
How to Submit: Send queries to info [@] thegarnertco.com. The email subject line should read "Query for Andy: [Title]." Feel free to paste a sample chapter in the email body below the query.
12. Lisa Rodgers (JABberwocky Lit)
How to Submit: To query, send your query letter (and optional 1-2 page synopsis) to querylisa [@] awfulagent.com. No attachments. Emails containing unsolicited attachments will be deleted.
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