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, and most importantly, stories with a strong emotional core. For nonfiction, I’m mostly interested in narrative memoir, graphic memoirs, and stories from journalists that challenge the status quo and often have a social justice component.

I am not taking on much children’s, middle grade, or young adult, unless it is a graphic novel.

Fun facts about me:

Former: ice-hockey goalie, intern at the National Endowment for the Arts, guitarist in 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

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