Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, after six years with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, joined DeFiore and Company in early 2012. She primarily represents literary fiction, literary creative nonfiction, select illustrators with distinctive narrative points of view, and select literary books for children. Across her list, she seeks a ferocity of language, purpose, intellect and heart.

Among Meredith’s award-recognized clients are Kirkus Prize Finalist Tola Rotimi Abraham (BLACK SUNDAY); PEN Jean Stein Award winner, National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and Best American Short Stories writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (FRIDAY BLACK); Pushcart Prize-wining poet, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and UK Women’s Prize for Fiction nominee Melissa Broder (MILK FED; THE PISCES); Believer Poetry Award and 2020 Georgia Author of the Year winner Heather Christle (THE CRYING BOOK); James Beard Award-winning cartoonist and Tuca and Bertie creator Lisa Hanawalt (COYOTE DOGGIRL); “The Crane Wife” essayist and Jaimy Gordon Prize-winning novelist CJ Hauser (FAMILY OF ORIGIN); Best American Short Stories writer Jocelyn Nicole Johnson (MY MONTICELLO); Stonewall Book Award and Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award winner Jessica Love (JULIÁN AT THE WEDDING; JULIÁN IS A MERMAID); Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction Finalist Maryse Meijer (THE SEVENTH MANSION; RAG); Giller-Prize winner Sean Michaels (US CONDUCTORS); Center for Fiction First Novel Prize nominees Rachel Lyon (SELF PORTRAIT WITH BOY) and Kate Milliken (KEPT ANIMALS); Alice Hoffman Prize winner Dantiel Moniz (MILK BLOOD HEAT); Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu (AFTERSHOCKS); National Book Award nominee Kimberly King Parsons (BLACK LIGHT); Best American Essays writers Megan Stielstra (THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE) and Catherine Venable Moore; Booker Prize nominee Brandon Taylor (REAL LIFE); 2019 Oregon Book Award-winner, Orwell Prize for Political Fiction finalist and Neukom Prize for Speculative Fiction finalist Leni Zumas (RED CLOCKS), and more.

Born in New York City and raised in suburban New Jersey, she graduated from Yale with a degree in Renaissance Studies and is a member of The Association of Author’s Representatives and PEN. Forthcoming titles on her list for which the jackets are not yet pictured include Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki, The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan, What Is A Dog by Chloe Shaw, and Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor.

How to Submit to Meredith Kaffel Simonoff:

Please query her at with the following:

  • A brief description of your book
  • A brief, relevant bio
  • First five pages in the body of your email