New Submission Guidelines

Full Circle Literary is now open to submissions - please follow guidelines below. Please note: Stefanie Von Borstel is closed to submissions (except for conference submissions or referrals) until June 1, 2014. Please query another Full Circle Literary agent.

Before submitting, please take time to review these suggested sources:

For children's books, we recommend the many valuable resources provided by the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators

For nonfiction, Michael Larsen's How To Write a Book Proposal and our Proposal Cheat Sheet provides a quick checklist

Renni Browne and Dave King's Self Editing for Fiction Writers, an indispensable resource for writers at any stage.

For all writers, Karen Benke's Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing and Publicize Your Book: An Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book the Attention It Deserves by Jacqueline Deval.

For constant inspiration on the trials and tribulations of (and laughter to be found in!) writing, Anne Lamott's Bird By Bird.

What we are looking for in Children's Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult:

  • Middle grade: contemporary, unique historical, voice-driven, stories that illuminate everyday life of in a distinct voice or from a diverse viewpoint, humor, multicultural (Latino, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern), fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, light science fiction
  • Young Adult: literary, contemporary or unique historical, stories that illuminate social pressures faced by teens, multicultural (Latino, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern), fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, light science fiction
  • Picture books (900 words or less, non-rhyming): character-driven, humor, untold biographies, nature/animals, multicultural
  • Author/illustrators
  • Stories that appeal to boy readers of all ages
  • Interactive books or multimedia projects for very young or books with family appeal that parents can enjoy with their little ones
  • What we are NOT considering in Children's Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult:

  • Picture books with rhyming text
  • Picture books longer than 900 words
  • Poetry or short stories
  • Educational books, workbooks, or foreign language learning books
  • We do not accept unsolicited submission materials in Spanish, since we work primarily with US publishers all queries and submission materials should be in English.
  • What we are looking for in Adult Books:

  • Prescriptive, how-to books written by experts in their fields
  • Parenting and family-life books that help families improve themselves in some way
  • How-to, design, craft, lifestyle and DIY books with a distinctive style
  • Women's interest or family interest (nonfiction or narrative nonfiction)
  • Multicultural (Latino, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern) nonfiction or fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Memoirs that are connected to national or international issues, current affairs, or historical events
  • Author platform that includes both online and offline audiences
  • What we are NOT considering for Adult Books:

  • We are currently not accepting Adult fiction submissions (except multicultural or historical)
  • Religious or Spiritual
  • Biography, history, expose-type books
  • Cookbooks or wine books
  • Travel
  • Poetry or short stories
  • Screenplays
  • We do not accept unsolicited submission materials in Spanish, since we work primarily with US publishers all queries and submission materials should be in English.
  • Please refer to our blog posts for further detail about what we might be looking for at any one time, as well as a more detailed explanation of what we seek in an author and their credentials.

    How to Submit:

    We only accept electronic submissions. Any hardcopy submissions received by mail will be recycled unopened.

    Send a 1-page query letter (in the body of the email, no attachments please) including a description of your book, writing credentials and author highlights. Following your query, please include the first TEN PAGES or complete picture book manuscript text within the body of the email. For nonfiction, include a proposal with one sample chapter.

    You may include the name of the agent in the email subject line, if you're directing to a specific agent. Lilly Ghahremani is not accepting submissions, except by limited referral.

    Please send your queries to:

    (Queries sent to any other Full Circle Literary email address will not be read or opened.)

    Due to the overwhelming number of submissions we receive, we are only able to respond if we are interested in your project. If interested, within 6-8 weeks we will contact you to request additional materials (such as sample chapters or a complete manuscript). Writing is our business and yours, so no phone queries please! Queries sent to any other fullcircleliterary.com address will not be opened. This information supercedes any information listed in writers' guides or other websites.

    Thank you for considering Full Circle Literary, we look forward to reading your work!


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