Chad Luibl

Chad Luibl

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

My Manuscript Wish List

I joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates in 2014, following the completion of an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Virginia Commonwealth University, where I was also the coordinator of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

At J&N I’ve had the pleasure of working with many commercial and literary authors, both fiction and nonfiction. I’m looking for stories that hit that sweet-spot between genre and literary – stories that offer nuanced perspectives and fast, imaginative plots (see Benjamin Percy’s Thrill Me for more on that criteria), and aren’t afraid to bend the rules a bit. I tend to lean more toward darker tales and gritty settings, multicultural and diverse perspectives, structures that are a bit experimental (see David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas), and always narratives with a strong emotional core. Having lived in Poland and Hungary, I have a niche-interest in books that feel Eastern European in voice/perspective (or explore post-Soviet and Cold War themes), and I find anything that deals with exile and expatriation immediately arresting. I also love a good, smart, literary horror.


Fun facts about me:

Former: ice-hockey goalie, intern at the National Endowment for the Arts, guitarist in death metal bands, teacher of ESL…

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

With the word “Query” in the subject line, please send your query, a synopsis and the first fifty pages of your manuscript attached as a word document. Please note that due to volume, I will only contact you if I’m interested. Thanks for understanding

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Military, Mystery, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Humor, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Sports, Travel, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Magical Realism, Military, Southern Literary, Speculative Fiction, Westerns
I’d like the next…

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My favorites include…


…The Secret History by Donna Tartt; The Stand by Stephen King; The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell; The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Embers by Sandor Marai; Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman; Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie; We the Animals by Justin Torres; Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun; Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell; The Road by Cormac McCarthy; Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt; Freaks’ Amour by Tom De Haven; The Passage by Justin Cronin; The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides; The Giver by Louis Lowry; A Minor Apocalypse by Tadeusz Konwicki; The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut; Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver…


H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald; The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz; Bleaker House by Nell Stevens; Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer; Boy on Ice by John Branch; On Writing by Stephen King; Collected Essays by David Foster Wallace…

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