Getting Published with Literary Agents in Canada

According to the Writers’ Union of Canada, there are approximately 30 literary agents in circulation.  This isn’t a very reassuring number for Canadians, as that makes representation much more difficult.  Typically the process of getting an agent involves submitting a query letter, with a sample or full copy of your manuscript.  The agent then decides if they like your material, and contacts you from there.  Each agent may have slightly different requirements, but will essentially want one or more of the following:

– Query letter

– Sample chapters (or entire manuscript)

– Synopsis

– Resume

– SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope)

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Canadian Literary Agents

AURORA ARTISTS
19 Wroxeter Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4K 1J5
416-463-4634
Established: 1990
Principal Agent: Janine S. Cheeseman
Unsoliciteds: screenplays only; submit a 1-3 page
synopsis of screenplay with resume and SASE

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.thebukowskiagency.com
Established: 1986
Agent: Denise Bukowski
Unsoliciteds: No; submit query by mail

CANADIAN SPEAKERS & WRITERS SERVICE LTD
44 Douglas Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2E7
416-921-4443
pmmj@idirect.com
Established: 1949
Agents: Matie Molinaro, Paul Molinaro
Unsoliciteds: No unsolicited manuscripts

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

THE HELEN HELLER AGENCY INC.
No Unsoliciteds
253 Eglinton Avenue West, suite 202, Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1B1
Established: 1988
Agents: Helen Heller: 416-489-8012
Daphne Hart, Non-fiction: 416-489-1149
Sarah Heller: 416-631-0396
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.)

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 and directors, film rights, children’s fiction, literary fiction, playwrights.
Unsoliciteds: Queries only, no mss.

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.

PETER SAUNDERS
Saunders Associates
63 Mahogany Court
Aurora ON L4G 6M8.
Telephone: 905-841-3031
Fax: 905-841-3031
saundersassoc@web.ca
www.saundersassoc.ca
Unsoliciteds: Enquiries only, no mss., academic or serious non-fiction only.

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
WRPO P.O. Box 39588
White Rock, B.C., V4B 5L6
604-538-3478
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.

TRANSATLANTIC LITERARY AGENCY (TLA)
72 Glengowan Road.
Toronto, ON, M4N 1G4
416-488-9214
www.tla1.com
Principal Agent: David Bennett, Lynn Bennett, and Don Sedgwick
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 only, no mss.

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