Jacinta Dimase Literary Agent Melbourne


Please note: Other than for Middle Grade (see below for submission guidelines), we are not currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts. However, for a chance to hear more about what we are looking for and how to submit to us, Jacinta Di Mase and Danielle Binks will be presenting at these events:

KidLitVic, ‘Meet the Publishers’: May 2018

CYA Conference: 7th July 2018
CYA Conference

More events to follow …

We have found this the most successful way of finding new talent, having signed authors who have seen our presentations at events such as KidLitVIC, CYA Conference, Emerging Writers’ Festival, and the ACT Writers Centre Hard Copy Fiction and Non-fiction programs.

Listen to an Australian Writers Centre interview with Jacinta di Mase

You can also visit the Australian Literary Agents Association website for information and helpful industry links:

For Middle Grade and Young Adult Submissions please email Danielle Binks: danielle@jacintadimase.com.au. Please read Danielle’s detailed submission guidelines below.

Submission Instructions:

Include the title of your work and your name in the subject header.

Give a brief description of the work, the genre, and intended readership. Include your qualifications (if required for non fiction projects).

You must advise whether the project has been submitted to any publishers and/or other literary agents.

We endeavour to respond to all email inquiries and will request samples of your work if we believe it both suits our list and has commercial potential.

Middle Grade and Young Adult Submissions

– Danielle Binks

I am not accepting Young Adult (YA) submissions in 2018. This may change, but for now I have a full list and am focusing on those YA authors I am currently representing. I will be open to receiving more YA works – possibly in late 2018, or early 2019 – but check back here for updates!

I am, however, still keen to accept Middle Grade (MG) fiction works. I am currently less inclined towards fantasy and science-fiction MG works. I would be keen for contemporary, horror, verse, historical-fiction or historic non-fiction.

Before anyone submits they must of course be familiar with the MG category, and especially aware that the MG readership means readers who are 8-12 years-old. I also expect MG word-counts to be at least 40-45K-words, minimum.

I would hope that submitting MG authors in particular, would be familiar with the nuances and standards of the readership internationally. Aware of things like the Newbery Medal being the pre-eminent award for MG books in America, and at least some familiarity with bestselling books such as Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me and R.J. Palacio’s Wonder – not to mention popular MG authors such as Clare Vanderpool, Gary D. Schmidt, Rita Williams-Garcia, Tim Federle, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jacqueline Woodson, Katherine Rundell, C.J. Flood, and Kate DiCamillo.

More broadly – I am interested in contemporary and progressive MG literature. I am currently less inclined towards fantasy and science-fiction MG works.

I’m also a supporter of the ‘We Need Diverse Books’ movement, and would love to elevate Own Voices – a term coined by American YA author Corinne Duyvis, to identify books about marginalised protagonists written by authors who share that same identity.

If you want even more of an idea of what I like to read and could possibly be looking for; I do have a background as a book blogger, so I’m quite literally an open book when it comes to celebrating and discussing my readings habits on my blog – Alpha Reader – and also through my opinion writing.