Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, after six years with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, joined DeFiore and Company in early 2012. She represents literary and upmarket fiction and select creative nonfiction. She also works with a small group of illustrators, and on the rare children’s book. She is especially seeking high-concept, genre-bending literary fiction that grapples with some aspect of our collective past or possible future, character- and idea-driven fiction steeped in a specificity of voice, place and questions about how we live now, intimate stories with global resonance, braided cultural criticism and philosophy, poets exploring other forms, international writers, and narratives which court desire and joy even as they reckon with darkness. Across her list, she seeks a ferocity of language, intellect, purpose, and heart.

Some of the prizes and honors Meredith’s clients have been nominated for or have received include The Booker Prize, the PEN Jean Stein Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the “5 Under 35” honor by the National Book Foundation, the Whiting Award, the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Giller Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Aspen Literary Prize, rhe National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Best First Book Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the NYPL Young Lions Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the James Beard Award, the Ignatz Award, the Center for Fiction Susan Kamil Award, the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Story Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, the Zora Neale Hurston-Bessie Head Fiction Award, the Stonewall Book Award, the Klaus Flugge Prize, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the Oregon Book Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

Among Meredith’s award-recognized clients are Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Ryka Aoki, Melissa Broder, Jessamine Chan, Heather Christle, Liana Finck, Isaac Fitzgerald, Lisa Hanawalt, CJ Hauser, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, Jessica Love, Maryse Meijer, Sean Michaels, Rachel Lyon, Kate Milliken, Dantiel W. Moniz, Nadia Owusu, Kimberly King Parsons, Catherine Venable Moore, Tola Rotimi Abraham, Megan Stielstra, Morgan Thomas, Brandon Taylor, Crissy Van Meter, Robin Wasserman, Toya Wolfe, Cecily Wong, and Leni Zumas.

Born in New York City and raised in suburban New Jersey, Meredith is stepmother to two now-grown daughters. She graduated from Yale University and is a member of The Association of American Literary Agents and PEN.

Some recent books she’s read for pleasure and loved: The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan; Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman; Long Division by Kiese Laymon; The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans; Matrix by Lauren Groff.

Meredith is assisted by Dana Bryan: dana@defliterary.com.

 

How to Submit to Meredith Kaffel Simonoff:

Please query her at querymeredith@defliterary.com with the following:

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