Here at Litro, we pride ourselves on publishing great original fiction. Although they may not have been big names when we published them, many of our writers have gone on to do great things.
Litro Represents is the organic growth of Litro Magazine, and the continuation of Litro’s aim of finding and launching new writers. While enriching the careers of existing authors, we have published debut writers for close to 10 years, including the likes of Stuart Evers, Ben Fergusson, Sabrina Mahfouz, Clare Wigfall, Richard House (ManBooker longlisted 2013), Janice Shapiro and many more. As publishing becomes a more competitive industry, so it has also become harder for promising young writers to break through and secure their first book deal. Litro Represents makes sure that these new voices can still be heard.
Stuart Ever’s first published short story Some Great Project appeared in Litro magazine and went on to be included in his debut short story collection Ten Stories About Smoking, published in 2011 by Picador.
“My story, Endless, appeared in the (Anti-)Love issue in Feburary 2011. One of the things I love about Litro is the cover art – that issue had a particularly striking image by Mikaela Westerholm. Since then, I’ve had my novel, A Parachute in the Lime Tree, accepted for publication in March 2012 by The History Press Ireland. As a specialist history publisher, fiction is a new departure for them, so it’s very exciting for us both!” – AnnaMarie Neary
Litro Represents is a bespoke agency, with the key goal of finding the most promising young writers and giving them a platform to be seen and signed. The focus of the agency is not on the volume of writers it represents but on uncovering the best writers and the most exciting new writing. We are not currently open to submissions from authors seeking representation – instead, we have handpicked the most exciting new talent from the writers published within the pages of Litro magazine.
Thanks to our status as an exclusive, boutique agency – and our connection with Litro magazine – we are able to offer our authors a more personal and all-round approach than many conventional literary agents. In the modern publishing industry success is about more than simply the words on the page. We work together with our authors to create both an online presence and a following for their work. In many cases this involves scheduling live appearances at literary festivals and reading events, as well as assisting with social media. We are also able to offer them regular exposure in Litro magazine and on the Litro.co.uk website, tapping into Litro’s international readership.
“Well, Litro was the start of a run of good things for me. Since that fateful issue in 2009, I’ve had a novel published and nominated for a few awards, called Coconut Unlimited. I co-wrote an ebook about the urban youth with Kieran Yates called Generation Vexed. I also went on to write a pilot for Channel 4’s Comedy Lab series called Kabadasses.” – Nikesh Shukla
Beyond this, we offer our extensive editorial experience to our authors, working with them to polish their manuscripts before sending them out to prospective publishers. Our specific approach is dictated by each author’s individual needs, respecting their artistic integrity and unique vision while helping their voice to be heard in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Handling all of our own foreign rights, we develop a long-term, bespoke and global plan for our clients. We are dedicated to providing the best care for our authors who, with the help of our editorial services and advice, are able to navigate their way through the publishing process in securing their first book deals.
As publishing becomes more competitive, the marketplace can seem oppressive and intimidating to aspiring authors. Litro Represents is here to make sure that the next generation of successful writers can be heard.
Caroline England gave up law to write novels, short stories and poems, Caroline has featured on Litro’s #Storysunday and published in magazines such as Transmission, Parameter, Pipeline, Chimera, Lamport Court, Peace and Freedom Press, nr1, This Zine Will Change Your Life, Recusant, Succour, Pen Pusher, Positive Words, Twisted Tongue, 14 Magazine, Radgepacket, White Chimney, Visionary Tongue, Rain Dog, Crannog 20, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Carillon and The Ugly Tree. Caroline’s novel Lie With Me Under The Toothbrush Tree was short listed for the Impress Prize 2015.
Follow Caroline England on Twitter: @CazEngland
Polis Loizou was born and raised in a pre-recession Cyprus, and graduated with a degree in Film & Video in a recession-struck England.
He co-founded The Off-Off-Off-Broadway Company, a charity fringe-theatre troupe for which he’s written a number of shows. These have been toured successfully around the UK, and the latest has even won awards at the Buxton and Greater Manchester fringe festivals.
Polis’ short films and music videos have been screened around the world, while a feature film screenplay was a finalist for Persona Non Grata’s 2012 competition. His short stories have been longlisted and shortlisted in international contests, with Devil in Me read out at Liars’ League New York and recorded for an iTunes podcast. ’Til God was published by Litro Online, and Blue Glass Star recently made it into The Stockholm Review of Literature. As well as having been commissioned to write a pilot for a TV series that’s currently being pitched to production companies.
Follow Polis Loizou on Twitter: @PolisLoizou
Reece Choules graduated in 2012 with a Creative Writing BA from LSBU, and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths University. He is a regular contributor to both Litro and The Culture Trip, writing a regular column for Litro called ‘More Writing About Writing‘.
His stories have previously been longlisted for the Fish Prize and the 2013 Aesthetica magazine creative writing competition, winning publication in their 2014 Anthology. His story ‘Seen and Not Seen’ appears in Transatlantic: The Litro Anthology. Reece’s short fiction has also appeared in Inkapture, The Southbank Review, Litro, The Dying Goose and Cigale.
Live appearances in 2014 included Stoke Newington Literary Festival and Listen Softly London. He is currently working on his first novel, as well as a novella.
Follow Reece Choules on Twitter: @ReeceChoules
Russell Myrie wrote for Touch Magazine and Hip-Hop Connection before joining The Voice Newspaper as Arts Editor, and regularly contributes to the Independent Newspaper. He has been a fan of hip-hop music since the age of 10.
Armel Dagorn was born and grew up in France, and has been living in Cork, Ireland for the past few years.He is now back in France, and lives in Nantes. His writing has appeared and is forthcoming in magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Rialto, Tin House online, Headstuff, and Popshot and his story On a Ship Bound For Crete. Appeared in Litro 141: Myths and Legends. He is currently working on a novel and a short story collection.
Follow Armel Dagorn on Twitter: @ArmelDagorn
Getting signed by us
Submissions of novels are very welcome. We represent a diverse list of contemporary adult writers for the mainstream market, and are looking for fresh new works from authors who are fun and inspiring to work with.
For details on how to submit, please click here