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Last night
I saw a flower
an orchid or snapdragon
snout-like, full of secrets,
libidinous.

I followed
soft yet turgid ruffles
along the lower lip.

A bright
bony light
shined from behind
flooding the petals so I could see
veins underneath.

Scents
emanated
from within
a kind of cold dewbreath
not sweet or fruity
subtle yet intentional
( a persuasion )

Colors pulsed and flowed through
watery hues of yellow peach and white.
There was violet-gray also.

Everything seemed
so clear—

-ikk

For Prospective Clients — literary agency submissions process

What is Prospect Agency looking for?

Prospect Agency values literature that surprises, breaks conventions, transports the reader to a new world, but never forgets the basics of storytelling: strong characters and a gripping narrative. Agency specialties are romance, women's fiction, literary fiction, urban fantasy and sci-fi, mysteries and thrillers, young adult/children's literature, and picture book writers and illustrators. We are also open to strong memoirs, narrative non-fiction and selective works of non-fiction from authors with strong established areas of expertise. We do not accept poetry, textbooks, plays, or screenplays.

Is there a reading fee?

Prospect Agency's founder is a member of the AAR and all our agents adhere to the AAR Canon of Ethics. We do not charge a reading fee to review manuscripts or participate in activities that would be considered a conflict of interest.

What do I submit?

We request a query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis.

Your query letter should include your name, the date, contact information and a brief description of the work. Include only relevant personal information: previous publications, writing education, etc. For previously published authors, please also give a brief overview of your career thus far and your goals for the future. If you are submitting a picture book text, please submit the entire manuscript. Illustrators should provide a link to their URL.

Because we request more than just a query letter, we spend a lot of time with every submission. We consider character development, plot, voice, and most importantly, the writing. Please make sure the work you submit is edited, proofread, and at a mature stage of development. We do not accept re-submissions, edited or otherwise.

How do I submit?

Prospect Agency strives to be as green and efficient as possible. We only accept website submissions. Go to SUBMISSIONS to upload your materials. Please do not send submissions via email or mail. Email submissions will be blocked. Unsolicited paper submissions sent by traditional mail will be recycled.

If your full manuscript is requested, please email your work to the requesting agent in Word, RTF, or PDF format. If a physical copy of the manuscript is requested, please send it to the following:

for Emily Sylvan Kim, Rachel Orr,
or Teresa Kietlinski
for Becca Stumpf
Prospect Agency
Attn: Submissions
551 Valley Rd., PMB 377
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Prospect Agency
Attn: Submissions
285 Fifth Ave., PMB 445
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Due to increased postal regulations with regard to packages over two pounds, we ask that you not send an SASE as manuscripts will not be returned. All correspondence will be conducted via email or phone.

Literary agency recycling logo In addition to recycling, Prospect Agency uses acid-free paper with 100% recycled content for in-house printing needs and subscribes to clean renewable electricity.

Can I simultaneously submit to other agencies?

Although we ask that you do not submit your manuscript to more than one agent at Prospect Agency simultaneously, we do not have an exclusive submissions policy and you are free to submit your work to other agencies in addition to Prospect Agency simultaneously. However, if you receive an offer of representation from another agency, we ask that you extend us the professional courtesy of letting us know before accepting.

Can I submit more than one manuscript?

Please submit only one manuscript at a time. We keep centralized records of submissions so please refrain from simultaneous submissions to this agency. If a manuscript is declined, unless a revision is requested, please do not re-submit the same manuscript or a manuscript that is substantially the same (to any agent). Simultaneous submissions to this agency or repeat submissions will not be read and receive no response.

When will I receive a response to my submission?

Manuscripts submitted through the SUBMISSIONS page will typically receive a response between one week up to three months. Incoming submissions are not always processed in the order in which they are received. At times, particularly around conferences, wait times may be longer. Please make sure to provide a valid email for a response.

Please do not call or email Prospect Agency to check up on the status of your unsolicited submission. We receive a large volume of manuscripts every day. Rest assured, we are working as fast as we can to give your manuscript personal attention and get back to you as soon as possible.

To ensure delivery of a response, please make sure that email from the domain prospectagency.com is not filtered or redirected to junk-mail.

What if I don't receive a response to my submission?

While we aim to respond to every submission within the time frame stated above, there may be rare occasions when you do not receive a response. We apologize. If you have not heard back from us in over six months and you are still interested in representation, please do resubmit your work through the website.

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