LAST UPDATED: 1/30/2024
This list of Australian literary agents is a companion piece to my post listing Australian publishers open to unsolicited manuscript submissions.
While it’s not essential to get a literary agent in Australia to land a traditional publishing deal, you’ll have a much stronger chance of success if you do.
As you scroll through you’ll see that not all agents listed are accepting submissions at this time. That tends to change regularly.
This list, which contains members of The Australian Association of Literary Agents as well as agents who are not, is updated every quarter.
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Alex Adsett Literary
Agent: Alex Adsett, Abigail Nathan, Rochelle Fernandez, & Lisa Fuller
Submission page: https://alexadsett.com.au/submissions
Agent Query Link:https://querymanager.com/AlexAdsettQueries
Note: They state they are always looking for amazing works, but they are currently not accepting open submissions unless you meet one of their exceptions which are as follows (taken directly from their submission page):
- You have been invited to submit pursuant to a formal or informal pitch to one of our agents.
Keep an eye on our FindUs page for manuscript pitching opportunities, or social media as to events we might be attending.
- If someone we know and trust has personally recommended you to us.
- You are an author from an under-represented or diverse background – First Nations, authors of colour, authors from marginalised cultures, neuroatypical authors, authors with disability, or authors from varied socio-economic circumstances. Until mainstream publishing has addressed the imbalance with diversity, we will continue to offer a submission pathway to under-represented and diverse authors.
- If we see you regularly at conferences or events, you’re a friend, we have shouted about how much we love your books, and/or you are part of the publishing community.
Annabel Barker Agency
Agent: Annabel Barker
Submission page: https://annabelbarker.com/submissions
Agent Query Link: email@example.com
Not accepting submissions at this time
Note: Applicants must live in Australia. Open to submissions from creators of graphic novels, graphic memoir and other forms. They would love to hear from comic makers and cartoonists creating projects for all ages (i.e. for young children, middle grade, young adult, and adult). For graphic novels (art and text): 10-20 sample pages in .jpg or .pdf format, as well as a short synopsis. For graphic novels (text only): first 10 pages of script. Please also send a short bio telling us who you are. They plan to re-open their general submissions in December 2023. For up-to-date details, please visit their Instagram page for 2024 dates.
Australian Literary Management
Agent: Lyn Tranter
Submission page: https://austlit.com/submissions
Agent Query Link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not accepting submissions at this time
Note: Your work should not currently be considered by another agent or by a publisher when you make a submission to ALM. They do not look at work that has already been rejected by a number of publishers. At this time they are not looking at children’s books by unpublished authors, science fiction, fantasy, anything in the self-help genre, plays, poetry, short stories or screenplays. They do not accept submissions from authors who are not Australian residents. Ensure you attach a 1-2 page synopsis of your work. All attached work should be formatted as a Word Doc or a PDF and should be set out with 1.5 spacing.
Agents: Clare Forster, Fiona Inglis, Pippa Masson, Tara Wynne
Submission page: https://www.curtisbrown.com.au/submissions
Agent Query Link: email@example.com
Note: They are unable to consider a work that is already published or is under contract. Curtis Brown welcomes submissions during the months of March and August only. Submissions will open on the 1st of the month and will close on the last day of the month. Manuscripts received outside this window will be deleted without consideration or reply. They welcome submissions from any writer and have no prerequisites for work we receive.
Golvan Arts Management
Agent: Debbie Golvan
Submission page: https://www.golvanarts.com.au/info/about-golvan-arts
Agent Query Link: https://www.golvanarts.com.au/contact-us
Note: They request a brief written description of the project and some background information about the author, as well as details of any publisher, producer, or other purchaser who is interested in buying rights to the work. Also, include the first one to three pages of your manuscript ONLY. Include in your email if you have already sent your proposal or manuscript to another agent or if publishers or producers have already seen or rejected it. They only represent Australian or Australian-based clients.
Agent: Hilary Linstead
Submission page: https://www.hlamgt.com.au/contact-us
Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time
Note: “HLA Management is not accepting unsolicited material or solicitations at this time. Requests for representation operate exclusively by referral.
Jacinta di Mase Management
Agent: Jacinta di Mase
Submission page: https://www.jacintadimase.com.au/submissions
Agent Query Link: Not accepting submissions at this time
Note: Other than those they read at publishing events, they are not currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts. Check their website often for updates and their Facebook and Instagram pages for events they will be attending!
Key People Literary Management
Agent: Jeanne Ryckmans and Lou Johnson
Submission page: https://www.keypeoplelm.com/representation
Agent Query Link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: They request all emails include a short message about you, including your bio with relevant experience, previous works, testimonials, reviews, and any useful statistics as well as a brief summary of your latest work, a synopsis, 3 – 5 key selling points, who the target audience/readership is, and a writing sample (approximately 3 chapters and the table of contents or chapter outline).
Left Bank Literary
Agents: Gaby Naher, Grace Heifetz, Tom Gilliatt
Submission page: https://leftbankliterary.com/submissions
Agent Query Link: https://leftbankliterary.com/submissions
Note: Submit using the form on their submission page. Submit your preliminary ‘pitch’ including: Book title, genre, Brief blurb/synopsis, Author bio, and contact details. They are not currently considering YA, middle grade, early reader, picture books, self-help, fantasy, romance, stage/screenplays, comics or poetry submissions.
Margaret Gee Literary Agency
Agents: Margaret Gee
Submission page: no submission page
Agent Query Link: email@example.com
Note: Manuscripts: Please send a query note to her by email first. Non-commissioned manuscripts posted in will not be returned. She is no longer accepting manuscripts by unpublished authors.
Margaret Kennedy Agency
Agents: Margaret Kennedy, Hannah Douglas
Submission page: https://www.margaretkennedyagency.com/submissions
Agent Query Link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: They are currently accepting submissions of adult fiction and literary non-fiction in the months of January and July only. Submissions made at other times will not be considered. Submissions require a brief letter explaining what your work is about, and how or why you have come to write it, plus 50 pages of your work in Word format (less, if the whole work is less). For non-fiction, they require a brief letter explaining your concept, plus a book proposal that includes * a project outline * a proposed chapter summary *a list of any comparable titles *a sample chapter/essay (in Word format). Please note whether you have already completed the project.
Melanie Ostell Agency
Agent: Melanie Ostell
Submission page: https://melanieostell.com.au/contact
Agent Query Link: http://querymanager.com/MelanieOstellLiterary
Don’t submit sample pages until the full manuscript is ready. Only send fiction that has had multiple drafts. The query manager will walk you through what is required for submission. Include your contact information and your bio must include any works published and writing experience, synopsis, draft number, word count and genre, and whether or not this is a multiple submission.
Agent: Martin Shaw
Submission page: http://thebooksdesk.com/#submissions
Agent Query Link: email@example.com
Note: Include a cover letter, synopsis, and a short bio. They’ll mostly consider catholic genres, the agency does also lean towards outstanding literary fiction, irresistible commercial fiction, and strong non-fiction.
Also include if your manuscript has been entered into a literary competition with a publisher affiliation, or has been directly submitted to a publisher or literary agent, either currently or in the past.
Sarah McKenzie Literary Management
Agent: Sarah McKenzie
Submission page: http://www.smlm.com.au
Agent Query Link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Proposals and queries should only be sent by email following the submission guideline. They are currently considering:
full-length adult fiction (literary and commercial), nonfiction (except for academic and spirituality titles), children’s fiction (picture books, middle-grade and young adult, graphic novels)
They are actively pursuing and supporting diverse and marginalised voices. They encourage all authors to read their policy regarding marginalised and diverse voices before submitting to them.
The Author’s Agent
Agent: Brian Cook
Submission page: http://theauthorsagent.com.au/index.php?page=guidelines
Agent Query Address: THE AUTHORS’ AGENT: PO Box 577, Terrigal NSW 2260
Note: Submit by mail only. No emails! They represent adult and children’s fiction and some non-fiction. They have a special focus on children’s books and represent writers and illustrators.
Wolf Literary Services
Agent: Rach Crawford
Submission page: https://querymanager.com/query/rachac
Agent Query Link: https://querymanager.com/query/rachac
Note: Rach accepts queries exclusively via query manager. To submit to WLS, please send a query letter and sample manuscript pages (for fiction) or your full proposal (for nonfiction). Please query only one WLS agent at a time.
Agent: Benython Oldfield, Sharon Galant, Thomasin Chinnery, Samuel Bernard
Submission page: https://www.zeitgeistagency.com/submissions-1
Agent Query Link: email@example.com
Beginning in February 2024, Zeitgeist will be opening submissions every weekend. The submission portal will open each Friday evening and close each Sunday afternoon.
They are excited by literary fiction, commercial fiction, memoir, and narrative non-fiction. They are not looking to represent Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Picture Books for the moment.
Submissions require the following information:
- Title, genre of work, and current word count
- Elevator Pitch (30 words)
- Bio (100 words)
- Synopsis (200 words)
- Comparison titles
- Anything else (100 words)
- First 500 Words of Manuscript
If the agent you were hoping to submit to is currently closed to submissions, don’t despair; there are good reasons agents close their books from time to time. While you consider your next move, why not get some constructive feedback on your submission materials? I’ve helped many writers get published. I’d love to help you too.