Agents Renew Call For Diverse Books and #OwnVoices Submissions

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As November 2016 has progressed, some literary agents and editors on Twitter have put out direct calls (or renewed previous calls) for diverse book submissions using hashtags such as #diversebooks and #ownvoices. I've corralled plenty of these calls below. If you're writing a diverse book, check out the list below. Good luck querying!


Some important notes:

  1. This list is just what I was able to find with some quick work and Twitter searching. This is by no means an exhaustive or comprehensive list. Many, many agents seek diverse books and authors of color. Do your research and you'll turn them up all over the place. (If you are an agent or editor and want to be added to this list, feel free to contact me at chuck.sambuchino [at], and send your submission guidelines link as well as a note about any upcoming query closures we should know about. At the same time, if you are on this list and want to removed, just contact me.)
  2. Keep in mind that agents frequently close to submissions some time in December and then reopen sometime in January. The exact dates are different for every agent. So keep in mind if you want to submit and they are closed to queries for the holidays, all you have to do is be patient and wait until the query break ends. Then you submit.
  3. In some instances below, you will find more than one agent from the same agency. Protocol is to only query one agent at an agency, so do not query multiple persons who work at the same place.
  4. If you want to know more about what constitutes a diverse book or what #OwnVoices is all about, my best advice is simply to Google them and read up. There is a lot of good info going around regarding these campaigns. It's a big subject and I don't pretend to be an expert, so I trust others to fill you in better than I could briefly do so here.

Literary Agents:

Thao Le Sandra Dijkstra Agency Thao's submission guidelines. ---------------------

Lauren Spieller
Triada US Literary Agency
Lauren's submission guidelines


Roseanne Wells Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency Submission guidelines ---------------------

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Danielle Burby
Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency
Danielle's submission guidelines


Elana Roth Parker Laura Dail Literary Agency Elana's submission guidelines ---------------------

Bridget Smith
Dunham Literary
Bridget's submission guidelines


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Beth Campbell
BookEnds Literary Agency
Beth's submission guidelines


Emmanuelle Morgen Stonesong Emmanuelle's submission guidelines ---------------------

Moe Ferrara
BookEnds Literary Agency
Moe’s submission guidelines


Caitlin McDonald Donald Maass Literary Agency Caitlin’s submission guidelines ---------------------

Jennifer March Soloway
Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer’s submission guidelines

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Publishing House Editors:

Chelsey Emmelhainz editor, Skyhorse Chelsey's submission guidelines ---------------------

Blair Thornburgh
editor, Quirk Books
Blair’s submission guidelines


Amanda Jean
editor, NineStar Press
Amanda’s submission guidelines

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