Literary Agents

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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 Writers' How-to publication 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.
 

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. Submission guidelines vary by agency and may change from time to time. Always refer to the agency website for the most up-to-date information.

BELLA POMER AGENCY INC.
355 St. Clair Avenue West
Suite 801
Toronto, ON M5P 1N5
416-920-4949
bellapomeragency.com
belpom@sympatico.ca
Established: 1978
Agent: Bella Pomer
Not accepting new clients.

BEVERLEY SLOPEN LITERARY AGENCY
#711, 131 Bloor Street W.
Toronto, ON  M5S 1S3
416-964-9598
Established: 1972
Agent: Beverley Slopen
Does not take on many new authors. Accepts queries. 
See submission guidelines.

THE BUKOWSKI AGENCY
14 Prince Arthur Avenue, Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1A9
416-928-6728
info@bukowskiagency.com
www.bukowskiagency.com
Established: 1986
Agent: Denise Bukowski
Accepts fiction and nonfiction submissions. Does not handle genre fiction, poetry, children's literature, picture books, film scripts, or television scripts.
See submission guidelines

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 Swayze, Barry Jones, Kris Rothstein
Not accepting unsolicited submissions as of May 2016.

COOKE McDERMID LITERARY AGENCY
320 Front Street West, Suite 1105
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3B6
647-788-4010
www.cookemcdermid.com
Established: 2017 (merger between The Cooke Agency and The McDermid Agency)
Agents: Dean Cooke, Sally Harding, Chris Bucci, Martha Webb, Anne McDermid, Suzanne Brandreth Ron Eckel, Rachel Letofsky, Paige Sisley
Interested in thrillers, horror, commercial suspense, speculative fiction, upmarket women's fiction, middle grade, YA, literary fiction, research-driven nonfiction, and narrative nonfiction. Does not accept screenplay, stage play, poetry, or picture book queries.
See submission guidelines.

THE HELEN HELLER AGENCY INC.
4-216 Heath St W.
Toronto, Ontario, M5P 1N7
416-489-0396
www.helenhelleragency.com
Established: 1988
Agents: Helen Heller, Sarah Heller, Barbara Berson
Specializing in adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Does not handle screenplays, illustrated books, or children's books. 

Submission Guidelines: Refer to website. 

K2 LITERARY
Toronto, ON
k2literary.com
Established: 2018
Agent: Kelvin Kong
Closed to unsolicited submissions and queries.

MINT LITERARY AGENCY
719 Carbonate St.
Nelson, BC  V1L 4P9
Phone (250) 352-7844
Email: info@mintliteraryagency.com
mintliteraryagency.com

P.S. LITERARY AGENCY
20033-520 Kerr Street
Oakville, ON L6K 3C7 
416-907-8325
www.psliterary.com
info@psliterary.com
Agents: Curtis Russell, Carly Watters, Maria Vicente, Kurestin Armada, Eric Smith, Stephanie Winter
Represents fiction and nonfiction in a variety of categories. Does not represent poetry or screenplays.
See submission guidelines.

RICK BROADHEAD AND ASSOCIATES
416-929-0516
www.rbaliterary.com
Agent: Rick Broadhead
Accepts nonfiction proposals in the following subject categories: history, politics, business, natural history/environment, national security/intelligence, current affairs, biography, science, pop culture, pop science, relationships, self-help, health, medicine, military history, humour.
See submission guidelines

ROBERT LECKER AGENCY
4055 Melrose Avenue
Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2S5
514-830-4818
www.leckeragency.com
robert.lecker@gmail.com
Agent: Robert Lecker
Specializes in books about entertainment, music, popular culture, popular science, intellectual and cultural history, food, and travel. Open to any idea that is original and well presented. Also receptive to books written by academics that can attract a broad range of readers.
See submission guidelines.

TRANSATLANTIC LITERARY AGENCY (TLA)
2 Bloor Street East
Suite 3500.
Toronto, ON, M4W 1A8
416-488-9214
transatlanticagency.com
Agents: David Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett, Marilyn Biderman, Sandra Bishop, Shaun Bradley, Marie Campbell, Andra Cascardi, Brenna English-Loeb, Rob Firing, Carolyn Forde, Samantha Haywood, Fiona Kenshole, Stephanie Sinclair, Amy Tompkins, Timothy Travaglini, Léonicka Valcius.

Represents adult and children's authors of all genres, including illustrators.
Submission guidelines vary by agent. See guidelines here.

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
Agents: Jackie Kaiser, Michael Levine, Hilary McMahon, John Pearce, Bruce Westwood, Meg Wheeler
Represents literary and quality commercial fiction; a wide range of narrative nonfiction; a limited range of practical nonfiction, including cookbooks; high quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Does not represent screenwriters, playwrights, or poets. Accepts queries.
See submission guidelines.