Your Complete List of UK Literary Agents

Includes all literary agents currently active in the UK.

Literary agents are the gatekeepers, right? The people who stand between you and admittance to the Promised Land of traditional publishing.

Well, in a way, yes. No large publisher takes work seriously unless it comes to them via a literary agent, so you do need that seal of approval . . .

But even before you get to the happy stage of fretting about all that, there’s one more issue on your mind.

How do I even know which agents to pitch to?

And additionally:

How can I even find a list of literary agents currently accepting new work in the UK?

Well, we have the answers to both questions.

You should probably read everything in this blog post, because you’ll find it helpful. But if all you want to do is skip straight down to our list of agents, you can do so here:

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How Do I Know Which Literary Agents to Approach?

My granny once gave me some great advice on gardening. She said, “Always grow plants that you like, and that like you back.” So don’t go planting clematis if you don’t like clematis. And if you do like clematis, but those darn things keep dying on you, then just move on. Plant something different.

Good rule, right? And it applies to agents too.

We’ll start with the first part of Granny’s Rule:

Find the agents who want YOU

You need to approach literary agents who are keen to hear from people like you. It’s pointless wasting your energy on the rest.

That means you want literary agents who:

  • Are open to submissions in your genre.
  • Either welcome submissions from new writers or are, at least, open to great new slushpile submissions.

So if, for example, you’re a crime writer, and an agent is open to submissions from crime writers, and if that agent welcomes slushpile submissions, then you need to pop that agent on your longlist.

That’s a good start, but agents aren’t very specialist and in most cases, your longlist will be something like 100+ names long. Yikes!

The second half of Granny’s Rule enables you to reduce that total to something manageable. Here’s how it works:

Finding the agents YOU want

Take your longlist and pick out any literary agents that you especially like the sound of:

  • Maybe they represent some of your favourite authors in your genre.
  • Or they represent a favourite author in a different genre, even.
  • Or they don’t represent a particular favourite writer of yours, but they have commented admiringly on that author.
  • They share a passion of yours. (For example, your book is in part about Greece, and you notice this agent has Greek ancestry, or runs writing retreats in Greece, or represents books about the country, etc)
  • They made a comment in a blog / on YouTube / at our Festival of Writing / or anywhere else . . . and for whatever reason that comment struck a chord in you.
  • And it’s OK if your reason is dumb. Maybe you like an agent’s face! Or you think their name sounds cute (which is how JK Rowling came across her first literary agent, Christopher Little.)

Really, you’re just looking for points of contact that make sense given your (relatively scant) information resources. You are looking for about 12 names in total.

The secret to getting an agent

What are they really looking for?

Ways not to search for agents

There are two common ways to search for literary agents and neither of them are smart.

Dumb agent search method #1
Send your stuff only to the industry’s most high-profile literary agents

OK, if you happen to be called Ms Meghan Markle and you have an autobiography to sell, this would be a great strategy.

For anyone else? It’s dumb.

The highest profile agents have the glossiest client lists. That means (a) they probably won’t take you on, (b) they probably won’t even read your work, and (c) even if they did they would have a lot less time for you than a newer, hungrier agent would.

Why would you want that person? Answer: you don’t.

Dumb agent search method #2
Only apply to literary agents close to where you live

If you live in central London or New York, that’s a perfectly fine approach. If you live anywhere else, it’s dumb.

Agents cluster in major cities because that’s where the publishers are. You do need your agent to be in constant touch with publishers. You do not need your agent to physically meet you often. Quite honestly? Once a year would be fine – and you’ll be in town least that often to see your publishers.

UK literary agent list

Literary Agents: The Complete UK List

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  • Sheila Ableman
  • Michael Alcock
  • Clare Alexander
  • Julian Alexander
  • Darley Anderson
  • Nelle Andrew
  • Davinia Andrew Lynch
  • Susan Armstrong
  • Frances Arnold
  • Isabel Atherton
  • Becky Bagnell
  • Lisa Baker
  • Sarah Ballard
  • Diane Banks
  • Kate Barker
  • Nicola Barr
  • Tim Bates
  • Veronique Baxter
  • Diana Beaumont
  • Eddie Bell
  • June Bell
  • Lorella Belli
  • Michael Berenti
  • John Berlyne
  • Franca Bernatavicius
  • Tina Betts
  • Victoria Birkett
  • Neil Blair
  • Piers Blofeld
  • Felicity Blunt
  • Luigi Bonomi
  • Jessie Botterill
  • Georgie Bouz
  • Suzie Brearley
  • Janice Brent
  • Philippa Brewster
  • Charlie Brotherstone
  • Jenny Brown
  • Felicity Bryan
  • Louise Buckley
  • Peter Buckman
  • Kate Burke
  • Louise Burns
  • Juliet Burton
  • Steve Calcutt
  • Rachel Calder
  • Charlie Campbell
  • Georgina Capel
  • Amber Caraveo
  • Rebecca Carter
  • Robert Caskie
  • James Catchpole
  • Sarah Chalfant
  • Niki Chang
  • Jennifer Chapman
  • Kathy Charvin
  • Mic Cheetham
  • Catherine Cho
  • Teresa Chris
  • Jennifer Christie
  • Julia Churchill
  • Ben Clark
  • Catherine Clarke
  • Anne Clarke
  • Mary Clemmey
  • Jonathan Clowes
  • Alexander Cochran
  • Gill Coleridge
  • Claire Conrad
  • Kevin Conroy Scott
  • Clare Conville
  • Rachel Conway
  • Jonathan Conway
  • Jane Conway Gordon
  • Geraldine Cooke
  • Elinor Cooper
  • Gemma Cooper
  • Sam Copeland
  • Jamie Cowen
  • Peter Cox
  • Nemonie Craven Roderick
  • Julie Crisp
  • Annette Crossland
  • Sheila Crowley
  • Caroline Davidson
  • Stephen Davies
  • Meg Davis
  • Anna Davis
  • Caroline Dawnay
  • Shruti Debi
  • Hilary Delamere
  • Caspian Dennis
  • Joanna Devereux
  • Ella Diamond Kahn
  • Elise Dillsworth
  • Rob Dinsdale
  • Isobel Dixon
  • Broo Doherty
  • Anne Marie Doulton
  • Ian Drury
  • Robert Dudley
  • Toby Eady
  • Stephanie Ebdon
  • Ros Edwards
  • Stephen Edwards
  • Darren Edwards
  • Jon Elek
  • Bill Ellis
  • Ann Evans
  • Faith Evans
  • Lisa Eveleigh
  • Natasha Fairweather
  • Ariella Feiner
  • Paul Feldstein
  • Susan Feldstein
  • Hannah Ferguson
  • Julie Fergusson
  • Samantha Ferris
  • Jane Finigan
  • Emma Finn
  • Peter Fischer
  • Jemima Forrester
  • Chelsey Fox
  • Will Francis
  • Lindsey Fraser
  • Julian Friedmann
  • Helenka Fuglewicz
  • Eugenie Furniss
  • Juri Gabriel
  • Natalie Galustian
  • Leslie Gardner
  • Georgia Garrett
  • Adam Gauntlett
  • Jonny Geller
  • James Gill
  • Kerry Glencorse
  • Stephanie Glencross
  • Georgia Glover
  • David Godwin
  • Anthony Goff
  • Bill Goodall
  • Andrew Gordon
  • Sophie Gorell Barnes
  • Jane Graham Maw
  • Annette Green
  • Christine Green
  • Vivien Green
  • Louise Greenberg
  • Katie Greenstreet
  • Jane Gregory
  • David Grossman
  • Olivia Guest
  • Marianne Gunn O Connor
  • Allan Guthrie
  • Cassian Hall
  • Margaret Halton
  • Matthew Hamilton
  • Bill Hamilton
  • Samar Hammam
  • Margaret Hanbury
  • Caroline Hardman
  • Anthony Harwood
  • John Havergal
  • David Haviland
  • Josephine Hayes
  • David Headley
  • Rupert Heath
  • Carol Heaton
  • Andrew Hewson
  • Jenny Hewson
  • Sophie Hicks
  • Victoria Hobbs
  • Jodie Hodges
  • Heather Holden Brown
  • Sally Holloway
  • Penny Holroyde
  • Vanessa Holt
  • Kate Hordern
  • Valerie Hoskins
  • Charlotte Howard
  • Tanja Howarth
  • Clare Hulton
  • Ben Illis
  • Barrie James
  • Karen James
  • Peter Janson Smith
  • John Jarrold
  • Cara Jones
  • Robin Jones
  • Lucy Juckes
  • Jane Judd
  • Carrie Kania
  • Simon Kavanagh
  • Mariam Keen
  • Frances Kelly
  • Molly Ker Hawn
  • Caradoc King
  • Zoe King
  • Robert Kirby
  • Peter Knight
  • Andrew Knight
  • Lizzy Kremer
  • Laurence Laluyaux
  • Sophie Lambert
  • Louise Lamont
  • Sonia Land
  • Rowan Lawton
  • Pippa Le Quesne
  • Susanna Lea
  • Cat Ledger
  • Barbara Levy
  • Fiona Lindsay
  • Christopher Little
  • Mandy Little
  • Jonathan Lloyd
  • Pat Lomax
  • Laura Longrigg
  • Liane Louise Smith
  • Andrew Lownie
  • Mark Lucas
  • Lucy Luck
  • Jennifer Luithlen
  • Penny Luithlen
  • Nicky Lund
  • Sarah Lutyens
  • Alice Lutyens
  • David Luxton
  • Jacqui Lyons
  • Angus MacDonald
  • Laura MacDougall
  • James Macdonald Lockhart
  • Helen Mackenzie Smith
  • Sarah Manning
  • Sarah Manson
  • Sylvie Marston
  • Joanna Marston
  • Gaby Martin
  • Blanche Marvin
  • Duncan McAra
  • Kirsty McLachlan
  • Gill McLay
  • Eunice McMullen
  • Annabel Merullo
  • Caroline Michel
  • Madeleine Milburn
  • Nancy Miles
  • Rachel Mills
  • Philippa Milnes Smith
  • Amy Mitchell
  • Silvia Molteni
  • Doreen Montgomery
  • Caroline Montgomery
  • Paul Moreton
  • Joanna Moult
  • Lisa Moylett
  • Ivan Mulcahy
  • Toby Mundy
  • Oliver Munson
  • Judith Murray
  • Juliet Mushens
  • Jean Naggar
  • Kate Nash
  • Ruth Needham
  • Geraldine Nichol
  • Peta Nightingale
  • Polly Nolan
  • Andrew Nurnberg
  • Faith OGrady
  • Hellie Ogden
  • Gabriele Pantucci
  • Philip Patterson
  • John Pawsey
  • Tony Peake
  • Maggie Pearlstine
  • Clare Pearson
  • Jonathan Pegg
  • Imogen Pelham
  • Catherine Pellegrino
  • Norah Perkins
  • Fiona Petheram
  • Juliet Pickering
  • Richard Pike
  • Carrie Plitt
  • Kevin Pocklington
  • Lesley Pollinger
  • Anna Power
  • Shelley Power
  • Amanda Preston
  • Liz Puttick
  • Aoife Rice
  • David Riding
  • Rebecca Ritchie
  • Peter Robinson
  • Guy Rose
  • Kathryn Ross
  • Zoe Ross
  • Stephanie Roundsmith
  • Elizabeth Roy
  • Felicity Rubinstein
  • Georgina Ruffhead
  • Uli Rushby Smith
  • Gillie Russell
  • Laetitia Rutherford
  • Laetitia Rutherford
  • John Saddler
  • Darryl Samaraweera
  • Rosemary Sandberg
  • Alice Saunders
  • Jenny Savill
  • Marilia Savvides
  • Sandra Sawicka
  • Vivienne Schuster
  • Rosemary Scoular
  • Richard Scrivener
  • Mike Sharland
  • Linda Shaughnessy
  • Kate Shaw
  • Elizabeth Sheinkman
  • Caroline Sheldon
  • Hannah Sheppard
  • Camilla Shestopal
  • Julia Silk
  • Dorie Simmonds
  • Jeffrey Simmons
  • Christopher Sinclair Stevenson
  • Deborah Sinclair Stevenson
  • Michael Sissons
  • Philippa Sitters
  • David Smith
  • Susan Smith
  • Robert Smith
  • Yasmin Standen
  • Mark Stanton
  • Elaine Steel
  • Rochelle Stevens
  • Shirley Stewart
  • Peter Straus
  • Sarah Such
  • Mandy Suhr
  • Alex Sullivan
  • Cathryn Summerhayes
  • Laura Susijn
  • Alice Sutherland-Hawes
  • Karolina Sutton
  • Joanna Swainson
  • Sallyanne Sweeney
  • Peter Tallack
  • Becky Thomas
  • Lesley Thorne
  • Euan Thorneycroft
  • Jon Thurley
  • Stephanie Thwaites
  • Antony Topping
  • Lavinia Trevor
  • Felicity Trew
  • Simon Trewin
  • Jane Turnbull
  • Diana Tyler
  • Jo Unwin
  • Peter Urpeth
  • Gilly Vincent
  • Charlie Viney
  • Robin Wade
  • Amy Waite
  • Zoë Waldie
  • Charles Walker
  • Clare Wallace
  • Patrick Walsh
  • Caroline Walsh
  • Rebecca Watson
  • Anna Webber
  • Chris Wellbelove
  • Rosie Welsh
  • Laura West
  • Isabel White
  • Pat White
  • Eve White
  • Araminta Whitley
  • Dinah Wiener
  • Vicki Willden Lebrecht
  • Alice Williams
  • Anne Williams
  • Laura Williams
  • Sarah Williams
  • Jo Williamson
  • Jane Willis
  • James Wills
  • Ed Wilson
  • Claire Wilson
  • Donald Winchester
  • Rebecca Winfield
  • Gordon Wise
  • Tom Witcomb
  • Romily Withington
  • Caroline Wood
  • Bryony Woods
  • Jessica Woollard
  • Camilla Wray
  • Andrew Wylie
  • Susan Yearwood
  • Claudia Young
  • Danielle Zigner
  • Georgia de Chamberet
  • Jonathan sissons
  • The secret to getting an agent

    What are they really looking for?