Literary Agents

Many writers believe they must have a literary agent in order to get published, but this is not always the case. There are approximately thirty agents in Canada and, because there are so few, it can be difficult to find an agent who will represent you. Competition for agents is tough, but keep in mind that approximately eighty percent of published Canadian writers do not have agents at all.

Please note that many agents only accept query letters and not unsolicited manuscripts. Before submitting manuscripts to literary agents, check the submission guidelines on their websites to learn about their submission requirements and areas of interest/specialization. Some agencies do not accept unsolicited manuscripts at all, but rather require an introduction from a more seasoned writer.

After reviewing your work, the agency will decide whether or not to represent you. The Union's booklet Author and Literary Agent contains a list of questions to ask your agent, and should help you to reach an agreement. Be sure you have a letter of agreement or contract with the agent outlining the terms of your arrangement.

Your manuscript should be finished and very polished before you try to find an agent. Unless they request a revised manuscript, assume that agents who have rejected an unpolished draft will not want to look at a more polished one. Most agents receive hundreds of submissions a day from prospective new clients.

One way to get assistance in polishing your manuscript before you submit it to an agent or publisher is through The Writers' Union of Canada’s fee-based Manuscript Evaluation Service.

In addition to Canadian agents listed below, check out the listings under “Agents and Attorneys” at Preditors and Editors. There you will find information about American and British agents, most of whom are willing to consider the work of Canadian writers.

Canadian Literary Agents

This list is provided for convenience only and does not constitute a recommendation by TWUC of any of the services offered by the persons or agencies listed.

RICK BROADHEAD AND ASSOCIATES
416-929-0516
www.rbaliterary.com

THE BUKOWSKI AGENCY
14 Prince Arthur Avenue, Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1A9
416-928-6728
assistant@thebukowskiagency.com
www.bukowskiagency.com
Established: 1986
Agent: Denise Bukowski
Unsoliciteds: No; submit query by mail

THE COOKE AGENCY INC.
278 Bloor Street East, Suite 305
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3M4
416-406-3390
For contact information and submission guidelines please visit the website www.cookeagency.ca
Established: 1992
Agents: Dean Cooke, Sally Harding, Suzanne Bandreth,
Unsoliciteds: Queries only, no mss. See website for submission guidelines.

THE HELEN HELLER AGENCY INC.
No Unsoliciteds
4-216 Heath St W.
Toronto, Ontario, M5P 1N7
416-489-0396
Established: 1988
Agents: Helen Heller
Daphne Hart, Non-fiction
Sarah Heller
Queries only: Commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction.
www.helenhelleragency.com

ROBERT LECKER AGENCY
4055 Melrose Avenue
Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2S5
514-830-4818
www.leckeragency.com
Agent: Robert Lecker: leckerlink@aol.com
Accepts unsolicited manuscripts.

ANNE McDERMID and ASSOCIATES LTD.
83 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1C9
416-324-8845
Fax: 416-324-8870
www.mcdermidagency.com
info@mcdermidagency.com
Literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. No children's literature.
Submission Guidelines: submit written application and sample writing with SASE
(No electronic submissions or unsolicited manuscripts.)

MINT LITERARY AGENCY
560 Baker Street, Suite #6
Nelson, BC  V1L 4H9
Phone (250) 505-5241
Email:  info@mintliteraryagency.com

P.S. LITERARY AGENCY
20033-520 Kerr Street
Oakville, Ontario
L6K 3C7 CANADA
(No longer accept submissions via mail)
Queries: query@psliterary.com
Questions: info@psliterary.com
(Do not send email attachments unless specifically requested. )

THE PAMELA PAUL AGENCY INC.
12 Westrose Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1Z9
416-410-5395
agency@interlog.com
Established: 1989
Agent: Pamela Paul
Film and TV writers, film rights, children's fiction, literary fiction, playwrights.
Unsoliciteds: By referral only.

BELLA POMER AGENCY INC.
355 St. Clair Avenue West
Suite 801
Toronto, Ontario, M5P 1N5
416-920-4949
Established: 1978
Agent: Bella Pomer
Unsoliciteds: No; not accepting new clients.

BEVERLEY SLOPEN LITERARY AGENCY
#711, 131 Bloor Street W.
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1S3
416-964-9598
Established: 1972
Agent: Beverley Slopen
Unsoliciteds: No unsoliciteds; tends not to handle illustrated or children's manuscripts.

CAROLYN SWAYZE LITERARY AGENCY
7360 - 137th Street
Suite 319
Surrey, BC, V3W 1A3
604 503-3895
reception@swayzeagency.com
www.swayzeagency.com
Established: 1993
Agents: Carolyn N. Swayze, Kris Rothstein
Unsoliciteds: Queries only, no mss. Submit query by mail with resume, brief synopsis of available work, first few chapters and SASE. Full proposal required for non-fiction. No phone queries.

TRANSATLANTIC LITERARY AGENCY (TLA)
2 Bloor Street East
Suite 3500.
Toronto, ON, M4W 1A8
416-488-9214
www.tla1.com
Principal Agents: David Bennett, Lynn Bennett, Don Sedgwick, Shaun Bradley, Samantha Haywood, Marie Campbell.
Unsoliciteds: No.

WESTWOOD CREATIVE ARTISTS
94 Harbord Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1G6
416-964-3302
Established: 1995 (incorporating Sterling Lord & Lucinda Vardey agencies, established 15+ years)
wca_office@wcaltd.com
Principal Agent: Bruce Westwood
Unsoliciteds: Queries by email only, no mss. Do not handle screenwriters.