In response to President Donald Trump’s executive orders suspending refugee admission into the United States and restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, over 60 literary agents have listed an open call for Muslim writers to submit their work.
In the vein of authors such as Khaled Hosseini and Rajaa Alsanea, agents are looking for manuscripts across all genres that aim to promote diversity, empathy, and compassion. Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management is hosting the full list of agents on her website, where she said the following,
Like so many of you, we are gravely alarmed by the present administration’s recent broad ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries. Our hearts ache for the innocent people affected. We also fear the message sent by these bans to people within our country and to those outside of our borders. But we are also heartened by the immediate and widespread opposition these bans have met. And we’d like to do our part! Literary agents are in a unique position to help contribute to bringing more empathy, compassion, understanding and tolerance into this world through books. We seek out unheard voices so that others can hear them.
Other agents who want to join the open call should email Gore to have their information added to the list. Writers should email their manuscripts with the subject line “Open Call” as well as follow the submission guidelines on the individual agent’s website to be considered.
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