Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, after six years with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, joined DeFiore and Company in early 2012. She is especially interested in voice-driven literary and upmarket fiction, creative nonfiction and braided criticism that — whether through nuanced characterization, high concept premise, unique structure, transportive sense of place, or by engaging with particular strands of history or culture, or reimagining the bounds of genre or canon — reflects the complexities of this world, what it means to be human, and what we owe one another. Across her list, she seeks a ferocity of language, intellect, intention, and heart.

Among Meredith’s award-recognized clients are Kirkus Prize finalist and Aspen Words Literary Prize nominee Tola Rotimi Abraham (BLACK SUNDAY); PEN Jean Stein Award winner, William Saroyan International Prize winner, National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize, 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 W. 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-shortlisted author and National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award finalist Brandon Taylor (REAL LIFE; FILTHY ANIMALS); Pen/Faulkner finalist author Robin Wasserman (MOTHER DAUGHTER WIDOW WIFE); winner of the Zora Neale Hurston-Bessie Head Fiction Award Toya Wolfe (LANDMARKS); 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 and is a member of The Association of American Literary Agents and PEN.

How to Submit to Meredith Kaffel Simonoff:

Please query her at with the following:

  • A brief description of your book
  • A brief, relevant bio
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