Don Congdon Associates
My Manuscript Wish List
Most generally, I focus on adult literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, middle grade, and young adult fiction. Across all genres and ages, I’ll always be interested in the darker and weirder side of the human condition as well as previously under- or misrepresented experiences and voices.
In adult fiction, I enjoy a wide range of literary and up-market fiction that evokes a strong emotion and necessitates a conversation – be it voicey, historical, mysterious or speculative. I always want books with a heartbeat, and I’m delighted when an unusual structure or form functions at a higher level.
In non-fiction, I enjoy careful prose that reads like fiction. I look for narratives that blend the personal and investigative, are nerdy deep-dives into a particular topic, and/or use individual stories as a lens to analyze a systemic problem or issue.
In kid’s fiction, I love the idea of finding a new middle grade classic that I wished I had as a child to comfort me or take me to faraway lands. I also look for young adult novels with conundrums and twists that could be enjoyed by both teens and adults. In kid’s, I’m open to everything – from magical realism to high fantasy to sci-fi – as long as the focus is on the characters’ personal growth and relationships.
Queries with the following topics will always get a closer look: cultural constructs, social justice, cults, Space, the Reformation, mental health, weird history, abductions, cross-dressing, female friendship, monsters, the sea, twins, witches, lies we tell ourselves, and magic in our world or those imagined.
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a first chapter or 15 pages with your query letter (if you have a prologue, you can include both, for alternating POV, please include a chapter from each). In general, email queries are preferred over paper ones, and please no attachments on e-queries.
Guidelines & Details
I’d like the next…
Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Bolaño, Karen Russell, Elena Ferrante, Tana French, Hilary Mantel, Erik Larson, Mary Roach, Rebecca Stead, Nova Ren Suma, Marie Rutkoski, and Patrick Ness (a girl can dream)
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