Submissions

SteelWorks Literary is currently CLOSED to unsolicited submissions.

Please check back here on SteelWorks Literary’s website or take a look at the agency’s Facebook and Instagram pages for updates about when Lori will next open to unsolicited queries.

Lori considers fiction and nonfiction projects from picture books to Young Adult, and author-illustrators who create picture books, illustrated novels, and graphic novels.  She is drawn to character-driven stories that demonstrate a deep trust and respect for their readers. For all projects, she seeks stories with accessible, authentic, and unforgettable voices that reflect the diverse world we inhabit, instill the possibility of hope and change, and illuminate the shared human experience.

Submissions are accepted solely through the Query Manager (QM) platform. Professional, polished, and personalized queries make a strong impression. Send your best work, and craft a query letter to include an introduction, short synopsis, recent comps, and your biography for best consideration.

If you have a special event QM link, referral, or we met during a conference/critique, please indicate on the referral line. 

Queries and submissions sent prior to SWL’s launch will continue to be considered. Please note that manuscripts emailed or posted will not receive a reply.

For more information about the projects Lori seeks, please take a look at her Manuscript Wish List list.