Monday, April 3, 2017

Canadian literary agent Denise Bukowski seeks literary fiction and upmarket nonfiction with international appeal

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson,
represented by Denise Bukowski
The Bukowski Agency
14 Prince Arthur Ave,
Suite 202
Toronto, ON M5R 1A9

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Denise Bukowski has worked in book publishing in Canada since 1970, for the first 16 years as an editor and since 1986 as a literary agent. As a staff editor Denise worked for Holt, Rinehart and Winston, McClelland and Stewart (1973-79), McGraw Hill, the Art Gallery of Ontario (Head of Publications), and Douglas & McIntyre (Editorial Director). As a freelance editor she worked for just about every other publisher in Canada, including Penguin, Key Porter, Doubleday, HarperCollins, and University of Toronto Press.

Born in Buffalo, Denise Bukowski grew up in Rochester, New York. She graduated from Boston University and spent her third year at Leeds University in England.

The Bukowski Agency specializes in international literary fiction and up-market nonfiction for adults. It does not represent genre fiction, children's literature, plays, poetry, or screenplays.

Denise looks for writers whose work can be marketed in many media and territories, and who have the potential to make a living from their work. The Bukowski Agency represents approximately 70 clients, and concentrates on developing business outside the country.

Submissions: The Bukowski Agency is old school; it accepts submissions, by mail only (no email queries), and it only considers authors who are resident in Canada.

Nonfiction: See their non-fiction submission guidelines for details on submitting nonfiction proposals. They ask for exclusivity for six weeks after receipt to allow time for proper consideration, and You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of your proposal; if you do not do so, we will not be able to respond to your enquiry.

Fiction: Send the first 50 pages of your novel (double-spaced in 12-point type, printed on one side of the sheet only) with a brief synopsis and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Submissions should be sent by mail, in hard copy only, to:
The Bukowski Agency 
14 Prince Arthur Avenue

Suite 202
Toronto, ON M5R 1A9

This April  starting soon!  Brian will offer a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:
Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings, April 10 – June 19, Burlington. Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, with guest speakers authors Sylvia McNicoll and Kira Vermond, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
The Compressed Intensive , Wednesday evenings, April 12 – May 31, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, Burlington. Details here.
Details of all classes offered this spring here.

For more information or to register for any of the above, email:

Also, Brian will lead How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, with literary agent Sue Miller (see here).
Note: For updated postings of current How to Get Published workshops here (and scroll down).

Captain Monty Takes the Plunge,
a picture book by Jennifer Mook-Sang
coming from Kids Can Press in Feb
And Brian will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adult workshops on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin U├žar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here), and on Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood with literary agent Monica Pacheco (see here). 
Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (see here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 or Monday, June 5. Details here.

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email:

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tip: If you're searching for a literary agent who represents a particular type of book, check out this post. 

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