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, culture-crossing 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, owner of 3 cats, eater of meat, guitarist in death metal bands, teacher of ESL, writer of a horror screenplay based on that time I got poisoned in Transylvania…

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, 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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