Lions and Tigers and Agents, Oh My! Listings of Literary Agents

Written by A Guest Author | July 12, 2018

By Alex J. Coyne

Not all authors make use of literary agents to get their work out there. But it helps. If you want to get a way in with certain publishers, if you want to get your fiction read by the overseas market, even if you have high hopes and you’re shooting for a three-novel series or movie deal. Here’s a collection of websites and blogs that provide listings of literary agents looking to represent authors.

However it is important to note that not all literary agents listed on these sites are legitimate. It is good to do additional research on Writer Beware and Absolute Write Water Cooler before submitting to anyone.

Writers Services

Writers Services is a UK-based writing resource website with advice and a lot of useful links for authors. Here’s their catalogue of UK literary agents. Their website also has lists of Agents for Children’s Fiction, Bursaries for Authors, International Agents and Script Agents.

The New Zealand Society of Authors

The New Zealand Society of Authors has their listing of literary agents available on their website. It’s not a particularly long list, but it is one that’ll put you in touch with some of the top players in the New Zealand writing and publishing industry.

Agent Hunter

Agent Hunter is a UK-based service for authors which puts them in touch with literary agents: the only potential downside about the service is that you have to pay for this one, though you can try out the service for free for six months. It’s up to you to join or not.

Agent Query 

Agent Query is a free resource for writers which can almost be described as a mash-up of social network and classifieds site for authors and literary agents. You can use their Advanced Search function to go through all of their listings, choosing your agent by genre.  You can also refine your search further and choose agents actively seeking new clients, agents only members of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and agents who accept queries via email. 

Manuscript Wish List

Manuscript Wish List is another writing resource website that has a section listing literary agents. Here, they also list which agency they currently represent and which genres they’re looking for. Click on an agent’s name to be taken to their full profile with more details.

Writer’s Market

Many writers are already familiar with Writer’s Market – and if you aren’t, go check out their website right now. They offer some of the best advice for writers out there, and here you can find their listings of literary agents – which is constantly updated with more.

Writers’ Digest Literary Fiction Agents

Writers’ Digest (sometimes abbreviated to WD) is another rich writers’ resource that many know already. (And, well, if you don’t…) Here’s their listing of agents specifically representing literary fiction – and they’re constantly updating the list, so check back if you don’t find someone suitable on your first try.

Writers’ Digest Fiction Agents

Writers’ Digest doesn’t just provide a listing of agents for literary fiction; they’ve also got a listing specifically for fiction agents, whether you’re writing mainstream horror fiction or Christian fiction instead. Their website is pretty vast, and you can even find a listing specifically for agents looking to represent horror and Christian fiction, more if you click around on their site a little.

Christian Literary Agents 

It can be hard to find representation writing any kind of genre or niche fiction; here you can find a listing for agents looking to represent Christian fiction.

Muslim Writers 

Write Islamic-based fiction and are looking for a literary agent? You can take a look at this open call from literary agents seeking work from Muslim authors. It includes a list of literary agents and their agencies and exactly what kind of fiction they represent – there are also some nonfiction options inbetween. You can also take a look at the Muslim Writers Club.

LitRejections US Literary Agents 

LitRejections has this nice list of 134 literary agents, mostly based in the US – the list aims to be updated with new listings, so it’s one of the lists you want to check back in with. The list gives agents’ names and what they’re looking to represent.  They’ve also got a listing of UK Literary Agents, China Literary Agents, German Literary Agents and more – with a full list of countries available here.

Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers (P&W) is a well-known resource for, well, poets and writers that can point them in the next step for their careers. Here’s their listing of literary agents looking for authors to represent.