Melinda S. Collins AKA LurchzPrincess
@MelindaSCollins
Editor
Associate Editor w/ City Owl Press. Love my tall man & lil munchkin. Fueled by coffee, wine, and rock ‘n roll. She/Her
16 MSWL

#MSWL I’m super Southern, so any kind of Outerbanks or other southern setting that’s mixed with paranormal/fantasy & romance will forever hold a soft spot in my writerly heart. Please review #MysticOwl’s guidelines prior to submitting via my profile link. cityowlpress.com/queries/#mysti…

Lauren Spieller
@laurenspieller
Literary Agent
Literary Agent @TriadaUS | Author of YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT + SHE'S THE WORST. I love dogs like it's my job. She/Her.
538 MSWL
67 AskAgent
2 Queries
89 Tips

I love grounded, upmarket genre fiction. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, The Rook, The Warehouse, Hench, Mexican Gothic, Station Eleven. When I reopen to queries on Sept 1, please send me books like this.

#mswl #sff #horror

Cate Hart
@CateHart
Literary Agent
Literary Agent at Harvey Klinger. YA author. Kid wrangler. Galactic Princess. Addicted to the Foo Fighters. Need More Cowbell!
87 MSWL
31 Queries
13 Tips

High on my #MSWL list:
Contemporary Southern Gothic
Creepy Historical Gothic
Give me haunted manors, haunted woods, haunted histories
Add a dash of magic, even better!!
Fantasy RomCom
More YA urban fantasy
MG adventure and mystery and puzzles to solve
GN for MG and YA

ArtHouse Literary Agency | Accepting Submissions
@arthouselit
Literary Agency
A literary agency repping bold voices and promoting diversity in publishing. Submissions are open. querymanager.com/query/ArtHouse…
10 MSWL
5 Tips

Agent #MSWL Felice is particularly excited to see upmarket and literary fiction, especially in the sub genres of Southern Gothic and Magical Realism. If you're not sure if your manuscript is Magical Realism, check out Elizabeth Buege's post to be sure! elizabethbuege.com/magic-realism-…

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips

3. Gothic & Southern gothic fiction in YA & adult (Does anyone have a Rebecca comp for me?)

MJ Johnston
@FictionalMJ
Editor
Associate Editor at Sourcebooks. Adult Fiction/Nonfiction. Can be frequently heard saying "yes, I read books for a living" and "yes, I know guac is extra.”
9 MSWL

oh, and while we’re at it, I will sell my soul for a southern fiction Delta Dawn right now. #MSWL

*Tanya notes the dramatics and approves.

Leah Pierre
@leahbene
Literary Agent
HTX ✈️ PHL | Publishing MA in 21'🤞🏾 | agent @ladderbirdlit • closed to queries📚
20 MSWL
59 Queries
emmy, purveyor of spines
@emmy_of_spines
Literary Agent
📚 lit agent: @WCA_LitAgency 📖 planning @TheFOLD_ 🐕‍🦺 PhD 💻 blogger 🌈 they/them; Sal: Dr. ♿️ My clients: #SpineSquad 📘 Announcements only! 📣
115 MSWL
12 Queries
52 Tips

11: Southern Gothic, and/or other regional twists on the genre. Comps: SING UNBURIED SING and the forthcoming SUMMER SONS. Neo-Gothic, like WHITE IS FOR WITCHING.

Megan ~ Closed to Queries
@Megan_Manzano
Literary Agent
Agent @ D4EO Literary • Freelance Editor • #RevPit Editor • Committee for #LGBTNpit • (She/They) • Latinx 🇵🇷 Opinions are my own.
109 MSWL
194 AskAgent
10 Queries
179 Tips

Monthly reminder that I'd love more of the following stories:

- Southern Gothic

- Small town/isolated settings with a darkness to them and how characters deal with it. Think Sawkill Girls or Burn Our Bodies Down

- Queer found families with various dynamics.

#MSWL

Megan ~ Closed to Queries
@Megan_Manzano
Literary Agent
Agent @ D4EO Literary • Freelance Editor • #RevPit Editor • Committee for #LGBTNpit • (She/They) • Latinx 🇵🇷 Opinions are my own.
109 MSWL
194 AskAgent
10 Queries
179 Tips

Some #MSWL things I've been craving in my inbox:

🌈 Queer MG, especially first crushes
💙 Found family dynamics
🌳 Small towns/isolated settings especially with a speculative element
💀 Southern Gothic
♣️ Stories that involve tarot/playing with fate

Megan ~ Closed to Queries
@Megan_Manzano
Literary Agent
Agent @ D4EO Literary • Freelance Editor • #RevPit Editor • Committee for #LGBTNpit • (She/They) • Latinx 🇵🇷 Opinions are my own.
109 MSWL
194 AskAgent
10 Queries
179 Tips

I'd love a southern gothic novel. Creep me out whether with the grotesque or psychologically. Make the setting come alive.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips

Across the board, I will be prioritizing authors from marginalized communities. I'd love to see more Southern fiction by marginalized authors, think BOYS OF ALABAMA or BLACKTOP WASTELAND. Still dreaming of a sweeping multigenerational family saga by a Southern BIPOC author.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips

I am listening to BOYS OF ALABAMA by @genhudson on audio, & it's just what I always dream of in Southern fiction: It explores everything that's beautiful & ugly about the South, with a touch of magic. It's stunning. #MSWL

Hilary Harwell
@HilaryHarwell
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @KTLiterary | Children's Writer | Seeker of profundity, sunshine, fun, & good books. She/her. 🇸🇪🇱🇹 Closed to queries, except by referral.
53 MSWL
16 Tips

esp #ownvoices; Author/Illustrators (PBs, CBs, GNs); #ownvoices Southern Gothic (Cajun/Creole/BIPOC) YA or MG; original, inventive MG fantasy - show me a world no one's ever thought of before. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
140 MSWL
6 AskAgent
19 Tips

I am still on the hunt for the book I’ve been dreaming about since I became an agent: a multigenerational family saga with spec elements set in the South, a Southern 100 Years of Solitude. Dream big, right?

Hilary Harwell
@HilaryHarwell
Literary Agent
Lit Agent @KTLiterary | Children's Writer | Seeker of profundity, sunshine, fun, & good books. She/her. 🇸🇪🇱🇹 Closed to queries, except by referral.
53 MSWL
16 Tips

#MSWL Alert: I would love to get my hands on an atmospheric, #ownvoices, #Southerngothic. Give me mystery, dark magic, the bayou, Cajun/Creole culture.

Ashley Hearn 🌖🌗🌘
@AshleyHearn
Editor
Author | Editor @peachtreepub | Liberal Southerner | Header: @mmarsloud | ENFJ | She/They | Equal parts coffee, craft beer, and chaos 🌒🌓🌔
58 MSWL
7 AskAgent

As a Southern person, working at a Southern publisher, I'd love to find Southern stories—in everything from contemporary to genre fiction! Particularly BIPOC and/or queer southern stories! #MSWL

P.S. Literary Agency
@PSLiterary
Literary Agency
Representing a diverse list of internationally published, award-winning, bestselling and debut creators.
1938 MSWL
71 AskAgent
3 Queries
179 Tips

“I’m always searching for books about the American South, especially romances, women’s fiction, horror and non-fiction.” @maureen_moretti #MSWL psliterary.com/submissions/

Nivia Evans
@NiviaEvans
Editor
Senior Editor at Orbit/Redhook. PW Star Watch Superstar 2020. Openly Black. I read things...all the time.
34 MSWL

Hi, black Southern Gothic with spec elements needs to hit my inbox. Please and thank you!

#mswl

Melanie Fried
@Melanie_Fried
Editor
Editor at Graydon House/HarperCollins. Opinions mine. She/her
4 MSWL

Agents! Would ❤️ to see: historical (1900s), diverse voices, complex female relationships, high society, immigrant stories, suspense, light speculative, campus setting, southern, family dramas, gothic, nostalgia, romcom. All upmarket w/ commercial hook & feminist themes. #mswl