How to Submit to Upstart Crow
- Submit a QUERY and TWENTY PAGES of your manuscript to one of the agents listed below.
- Please put your query and sample in the body of the email. We will not open emailed attachments.
- Author/illustrators: NB—Please include a link to your online portfolio and/or to your downloadable dummy. (Thank you!)
If your submission is received by our system, an automated response will be emailed to you.
Upstart Crow runs a nearly paper-free office (or that’s what we aim for, anyway), and trust that we are serious when we tell you: we do not accept hard copy submissions via the US mail. We consider only electronic submissions. Mailed submissions will be thrown unread into the recycle bin.
Agents currently accepting submissions
A bit about Danielle's tastes
Danielle is actively seeking fresh young adult and middle grade fiction across all genres. She is drawn toward gorgeous writing and strong, flawed characters. Her dream project for young readers is one that challenges and inspires, with a compelling voice that will make her stay up all night reading.
Good examples of this are A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti, Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Chime by Franny Billingsley, Swing by Kwame Alexander, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Still Life With Tornado by A.S.King, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.
For adult fiction, Danielle is seeking upmarket commercial fiction. She prefers books that explore deep emotional relationships in an interesting or unusual way. Good examples of this are The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal, Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer, The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.
For nonfiction, she is looking for compelling, voice-driven projects that shed a humorous or thought-provoking light on a previously unknown topic in the areas of narrative nonfiction/memoir, lifestyle, relationships, humor, current events, food, wine, and cooking (think Cool Beans by Joe Yonan, Cook Something: Recipes to Rely on by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, and Drinking French by David Lebovitz). Recent favorites include Margaret Renkl’s Late Migrations, Coventry by Rachel Cusk, and H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. She is also interested in healthy living, lifestyle, culture, parenting and select self-help topics (think Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker).
She is not considering the following adult categories: romance, mystery/suspense/thriller/political thriller, science fiction, horror, or erotica.
[Some browsers will not launch the email client; in that case, know that the submission address for danielle is danielle.submission care of gmail. Thx.]
Any agents not listed above are CLOSED to submissions. Manuscripts sent to them will be discarded unread.
We respond to most queries within twelve weeks. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming number of submissions received, personal responses are only very rarely possible. But if we are interested, we will request your full manuscript.
Many writers fear writing queries, but it shouldn’t frighten you off! They’re easy. If you don’t know how to write a query, please read the Writer’s Toolbox post “How to write a query letter” for a quick tutorial. Thank you for trying us, and all good luck! We’ll try to get back to you as quickly as possible.