Open Call for Submissions from Muslim Writers

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Like so many of you, we are gravely alarmed by the present administration’s recent broad ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries. Our hearts ache for the innocent people affected. We also fear the message sent by these bans to people within our country and to those outside of our borders. But we are also heartened by the immediate and widespread opposition these bans have met. And we’d like to do our part!

Literary agents are in a unique position to help contribute to bringing more empathy, compassion, understanding and tolerance into this world through books. We seek out unheard voices so that others can hear them.

We are a group of literary agents having an open call for book submissions by Muslim writers. We all agree that the current political climate demands a need for a greater presence of authors of Muslim heritage in the book marketplace. We are taking action to help make that happen.

Here are instructions for submitting writers of Muslim heritage: (Please note that we cannot respond to queries under the Open Call that do not fit our Muslim heritage criteria)

    • For your manuscript to be considered, please include “Open Call” in the subject line of your email.
    • Please abide by the individual submission guidelines laid out on our agency websites. For example, many agents do not accept attachments.
    • Only submit to an agent if your work is one of the genres they represent. A children’s book agent can’t do anything with an adult memoir submission, etc.

***UPDATE*** The Muslim Writers Club has linked to the individual agents’ submission guidelines here.

Whitley Abell of Inklings Literary Agency is open to middle grade, young adult, and select adult fiction (namely women’s fiction and fantasy).

Lauren Abramo of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret is looking for adult fiction (romance, women’s fiction, thrillers, general, and literary), adult nonfiction (of all kinds, especially social justice oriented), YA fiction (contemporary, romance, thrillers), and middle grade fiction (contemporary, fantasy, adventure).

Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds Literary is looking for commercial fiction, particularly women’s fiction, romance, suspense and thrillers.

Jennifer Azantian of Azantian Literary Agency is seeking middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.

Julie Barer of The Book Group is looking for adult literary and historical fiction.

Andrea Barzvi of Empire Literary is seeking narrative non-fiction (current events, history, women’s issues and popular science), commercial non fiction/self-help, and thrillers.

Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency is seeking middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.

Laura Biagi of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is open to picture books, middle grade, young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction.

Michele Brower at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth is open to adult literary fiction.

Denise Bukowski of The Bukowski Agency is looking for adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Penelope Burns of Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners is open to middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.

Linda Camacho of Prospect Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction and adult fiction.

Beth Campbell at BookEnds Literary is looking for young adult, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, and romantic suspense.

Kirsten Carleton of Prospect Agency is open to speculative, literary, thriller adult and young adult novels.

Andrea Cascardi of the Transatlantic Agency is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult, fiction and nonfiction across those genres.

Minju Chang of Book Stop Literary Agency is seeking picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as illustrators.

Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency is open to middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.

Ann Collette of Rees Literary Agency is seeking adult mystery/thriller, historical and commercial women’s fiction, as well as memoir and narrative nonfiction.

Gemma Cooper of The Bent Agency is looking for chapter books, middle grade and young adult fiction.

Ilse Craane of Book Stop Literary Agency is seeking picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as illustrators.

Jessica Craig of The Craig Agency is open to literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction and memoir, and middle grade and young adult fiction.

Rachel Crawford of Wolf Literary is looking for literary and speculative fiction.

Laura Crockett of TriadaUS Literary Agency is seeking young adult (contemporary, fantasy) and adult (women’s fiction, contemporary, fantasy) fiction.

John Cusick of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management is looking for picture books, middle grade and young adult novels.

Stephanie Delman of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. is open to adult literary, historical and speculative fiction, and select narrative non-fiction.

David Dunton of the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction.

Melissa Edwards of Stonesong is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, commercial women’s fiction, mysteries and thrillers.

Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency is looking for picture books, middle grade, and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction.

Jessica Faust at BookEnds Literary is looking for adult fiction and nonfiction.

Hannah Fergesen of KT Literary is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction in all genres, as well as speculative fiction.

Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary is looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult genre fiction.

Caitie Flum of Liza Dawson Associates is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction, romance and historical fiction.

Katherine Flynn of the Kneerim & Williams Agency is looking for adult nonfiction and adult and young adult fiction.

Lilly Ghahremani of Full Circle Literary is open to adult nonfiction.

Adria Goetz of Martin Literary Management is open to picture books and adult lifestyle books.

Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary is open to adult science fiction, fantasy and historical nonfiction.

Tara Gonzalez of Erin Murphy Literary Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction.

Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management is open to picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult, fiction and nonfiction across those genres.

Wendi Gu of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc is seeking picture books, middle-grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as select adult literary fiction about the first-generation American experience.

Marina Penalva Halpin of the Pontas Agency is open to adult fiction written in English and French.

Erin Harris of Folio is seeking literary adult fiction and young adult fiction.

Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media is open to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.

Alyssa Jennette of Stonesong is seeking picture books, middle grade, young adult and upmarket adult.

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates is seeking commercial and upmarket fiction, especially thrillers/mystery/suspense, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as all nonfiction.

Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.

Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency is looking for young adult and middle grade fiction.

Taylor Martindale Kean of Full Circle Literary is open to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.

Laura Lee Mattingly of Present Perfect Dep’t is looking for adult non-fiction in the realm of self-help, wellness, creativity, and illustrated titles.

Pete Knapp of Park Literary & Media is looking for middle grade and young adult across all genres.

Abigail Koons at Park Literary & Media is looking for narrative non-fiction (current events, history, women’s issues and popular science) and commercial fiction (suspense, thrillers, contemporary and anything with an international focus).

Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and adult contemporary and speculative fiction.

Daniel Lazar of Writers House is seeking middle grade, young adult and adult fiction, especially books with a great sense of history and maybe even a touch of magic.

Becky LeJeune of Bond Literary agency is open to adult and young adult horror, mystery/thriller, historical fiction, sci fi, fantasy and gen fic.

Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult, fiction and nonfiction across those genres.

Kim Lionetti at BookEnds Literary is looking for adult and young adult fiction.

Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency is open to young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction as well as adult narrative nonfiction.

Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary is looking for picture book, middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. She is also open to picture book illustrators.

Kendra Marcus of Book Stop Literary Agency is seeking picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as illustrators.

Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret is open to middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.

Sara Megibow of KT Literary is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction in all genres, as well as adult romance, erotica, science fiction, and fantasy.

Lydia Moëd of The Rights Factory is seeking middle grade and young adult fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Penny Moore of Empire Literary is seeking picture book, middle grade and young adult fiction.

Dana Murphy of The Book Group is looking for adult and YA literary and speculative fiction and narrative nonfiction/essays about pop culture, social issues, feminism, diversity, film and television, music, and comedy.

Renee Nyen of KT Literary is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction in all genres.

Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency is open to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.

Sharon Pelletier of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret is seeking adult and young adult submissions, with a special interest in narrative nonfiction, book club fiction, and young adult suspense.

Lara Perkins of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is seeking fiction and nonfiction picture books, particularly by author/illustrators, and middle grade and young adult fiction.

Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.

Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content is open to nonfiction and memoir geared for children, from picture books to YA.

Laura Rennert of Andrea Brown Literary Agency is seeking picture books (authors, illustrators, and author-illustrators), graphic novels, middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and adult fiction (women’s fiction, literary fiction, suspense, mystery/thrillers).
Maggie Riggs of The Riggs Agency is open to adult literary fiction.


Lisa Rodgers
of Jabberwocky Literary Agency is looking for adult romance, science fiction, and fantasy, and for YA/middle grade science fiction, fantasy, and contemporaries.

Rena Rossner of The Deborah Harris Agency is seeking picture books, middle grade, young adult and adult fantasy, sci fi, thrillers, historical fiction and literary fiction.

Steven Salpeter of Curtis Brown, Ltd. is looking for literary fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, historical fiction, horror, thrillers, general commercial fiction, young adult, middle grade, gift books, current events, history, humor and popular science.

Eddie Schneider of Jabberwocky Literary Agency is open to middle grade and YA fiction and middle grade and YA graphic novels.

Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and adult contemporary and speculative fiction.

Jessica Sinsheimer at Sarah Jane Freymann is looking for picture book, middle grade, young adult fiction, women’s/romance, thriller/mysteries and literary fiction.

Eric Smith of P.S. Literary Agency is looking for young adult fiction as well as adult sci-fi and fantasy.

Jennifer March Soloway of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is seeking picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, thrillers, and literary fiction, as well as picture book illustrators.

Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is looking for children’s fiction and nonfiction for all age groups (this includes picture books, readers, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, poetry).

Lauren Spieller of Triada Literary Agency is look for picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction.

Becca Stumpf of Prospect Agency is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction.

Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction, adult literary fiction, women’s fiction, romance, suspense/thriller, memoir and humor nonfiction.

Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary is open to all adult fiction.

Kate Testerman of KT Literary is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction in all genres.

Meg Thompson of Thompson literary is open to adult nonfiction.

Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency is seeking reality-based, girl-centric young adult and women’s issues/feminist nonfiction.

Cindy Uh of Thompson Literary is open to picture books, young adult and adult, fiction and nonfiction across those genres.

Jennifer Unter of The Unter Agency is seeking picture book, middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.

Emily van Beek of Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management is open to picture books, chapter books, middle-grade, and young adult novels.

Roseanne Wells of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency is open to picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as adult sci-fi, fantasy, upmarket mysteries, and literary fiction.

Kate Woodrow of Present Perfect Dep’t is looking for illustrated or art-driven gift books for adults.

If you are an agent and would like to be added to this list, please email me and I will update this post to include your information.

*Artwork by Mari Andrew

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