Thanks for your interest. If you would like to submit your work for consideration, please send us an initial query via email at [email protected] with a little bit of information about the project and yourself (maximum 700 words total). Please do not send excerpts or any other type of material. If we are interested in exploring further, we will respond directly and invite you to make a formal submission.

To prevent your query from being caught in our email spam filters please include the word “Query,” book category, and book title in the subject of the email (e.g. Query — Literary Nonfiction — The Quest for Shirley Hazzard). Your query will be confirmed by email automatically.

We do not respond to all queries, and we do not open attachments. Queries sent to a different WLA email address will not be acknowledged, tracked, or reviewed.


Our average response time to queries is 2 to 5 days. We appreciate your understanding that due to the high volume of queries we receive we cannot guarantee a response. However, every query that meets our criteria will be thoroughly considered.

If you haven’t received a response within 3 weeks of querying, please assume that we are passing on your project. If it’s any consolation, we receive a large number of queries and this forces us to be extremely selective.


We do not discuss project concepts over the phone or by email. Likewise, we cannot accept or discuss queries or submissions on social media. Queries or submissions received by physical mail will be recycled unopened. We cannot accept responsibility for anything you decide to send, so please retain a copy of your material.

We empathize with your anticipation but ask that you please do not call or email to request a status update on a query or submission.

Regrettably, we are unable to offer feedback or reasoning for why we passed on a project. Neither are we able to offer detailed critique, editorial comments, or suggestions for improvement, nor are we are in the position to recommend other literary agencies.

We may revise these guidelines from time to time without prior notice, so please check each time you wish to make a submission as to the current guidelines.