Looking to publish? We got you covered! Below, find some agents specifically looking for stories about chronic conditions, disability, mental health, and neurodivergence.
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We’ve also created these Twitter threads about agents looking specifically for disability stories and those looking for mental health and neurodivergence.
Other places to look for agents and publishers include Duotrope and Submittable.
Lane Clark from ArtHouse Lit. Lane’s MSWL says she’s looking for heroines and love interests of color and those who are neurodivergent and/or disabled.
Shauna Golden at ArtHouse Lit wants inclusive casts of characters across gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and mental health spectrums.
Alexandra Weiss with Azantian Literary Agency writes, “I’m actively seeking BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, genderfluid, neurodiverse, and disabled voices for all ages and genres.”
Keir Alekseii with Azantian Literary Agency. Keir wants science fiction, fantasy, and YA contemporary and is only open to receiving queries from writers who identify as belonging to a marginalized or underrepresented group, including disabled and neurodivergent folks.
Amy Giuffrida with Belcastro Literary Agency encourages BIPOC, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse, and disabled creators to query their stories of joy.
Kaitlyn Katsoupis at Belcastro Literary Agency. She’s interested specifically in mental health stories.
Kourtney Price from Belcastro Literary Agency. They want diverse books, especially those featuring characters with disabilities including chronic illness, neurodivergence, and mental illness.
Claire Draper from The Bent Agency wants more queer, disabled, and BIPOC protagonists.
Desiree Wilson at The Bent Agency. Among other things, Desiree wants books featuring disabled representation or written by disabled authors as well as accessible or near-future science fiction.
Emily Forney from BookEnds Literary. Emily wants genre fiction with MCs with disabilities, but where their disability isn’t a twist or a fixation for someone abled.
Kim Lionetti from BookEnds Litarary is especially interested in finding more stories featuring neurodiverse and disabled characters.
Lauren E. Abramo with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret wants disabled and/or neurodiverse and/or mentally ill protagonists and love interests.
D. Ann Williams from Emerald City Lit. They want BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, and disabled leads as well as underrepresented religions and spiritual beliefs.
Bibi Lewis at Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Bibi has tweeted about wanting more disability stories in general, as well as more romance with queer and/or disabled characters.
Anissa Dorsey with Great Dog Lit. When we included her in our Twitter thread of authors looking for mental health stories, she added that she’s specifically looking for stories about BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities breaking negative cultural and social stigmas surrounding mental health and treating mental illness.
Ismita Hussain at Great Dog Lit. In all her genres, Ismita is looking for southern or Italian settings, gritty and realist writing, books that explore health/disability, and dark humor. She is a founding member of Disability in Publishing.
Cheyenne Faircloth with Handspun Literary Agency. Cheyenne wants manuscripts from historically excluded communities, including from queer, BIPOC, AAPI, neurodivergent, and disabled voices.
Nina Leon at High Spot Literary writes, “I’m always looking for stories with LGBTQ+, disabled, and minority group representation.”
Lee OBrien from the Irene Goodman Literary Agency wants more underrepresented voices, including those from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disability, neurodiverse, and mental health communities. He also wants more diversity of body types.
Megan Barnard from The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency wants fiction or non-fiction that looks at mental health and how it affects and changes us.
Jane Chun from Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Jane wants more marginalized voices, specifically including disabled folks.
Annalise Erico at Ladderbird Literary Agency. She is specifically looking for more mental health in romance.
Beth Marshea at Ladderbird Literary Agency wants more works from disabled, LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and Middle Eastern writers, as well as any other groups who do not regularly get to see their stories in print.
Daniele Hunter at McIntosh and Otis. She sites chronic illness and/or disability as well as mental health and neurodivergence on her wish list.
Caroline Trussell at Metamorphosis Literary Agency. On her MSWL, she writes, “Give me characters who have lots of depth and who battle mental health concerns and navigate life as a teenager.”
Cecilia Lyra at P.S. Literary Agency. On her MSWL, she writes, “BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, disabled or chronically ill, and neurodivergent authors: I would love to hear from you.”
Maria Vicente at P.S. Literary Agency wants more deep dives into mental health in nonfiction.
Charlotte Wenger from Prospect Agency wants more books from people who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, living in and/or from marginalized/underrepresented cultures and countries, neurodiverse persons, disabled persons, and more.
Samantha Fabien with Root Literary wants more disability, mental health, and neurodiverse rep, among other things.
Lynette Novak from The Seymour Agency wants kid lit neurodiverse stories written by neurodiverse authors.
Eva Scalzo with Speilburg Literary Agency. Among other things, Eva wants to see more invisible chronic conditions, including diabetes, epilepsy, and other auto-immune diseases, “where the condition is part of their identity, but not the whole of it.”
Megan Manzano with Steven Literary Agency is always looking for mental health stories.
Sarah N. Fisk at The Tobias Agency. Sarah is interested in characters with disability, neurodiversity, chronic illness, or mental health challenges. She is the programs lead at Disability in Publishing.
Emmy Nordstrom Higdon with Westwood Creative Artists. They prioritize queries from authors who are Black and/or BIPOC, trans and/or nonbinary, and/or who are disabled or chronically ill.
Keely Boeving at WordServe Literary wants books that explore disability from voices within the disability community.