Jennifer Jackson


jennifer-jackson-photoJennifer Jackson is Vice President at the Donald Maass Literary Agency, which she joined in 1993. Once upon a time, she worked as a bookseller for Waldenbooks, and also did a stint at Forbidden Planet, the retail division of London’s Titan Books. She maintains a personal website at and her blog is archived at

Growing up reading science fiction and fantasy led naturally to a concentration in that genre, which she continues to champion. She initiated the expansion of the agency into the area of women’s fiction, and has also expanded her genre reach into the thriller and suspense categories.

Her current roster includes, among others, New York Times best-selling fantasy writer Jim Butcher, Hugo Award winning science fiction author Elizabeth Bear, USA Today best-selling author Anne Bishop, New York Times best-seller Kim Harrison, evil genius Seth Dickinson, Nebula Award winner Martha Wells, Compton Crook Award winner Nicky Drayden, Nebula finalist Saladin Ahmed, Icelandic novelist Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, and Shirley Jackson Award nominee Tamsyn Muir.

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UPDATE: For January 15, 2022 – March 15, 2022, Jennifer Jackson will be accepting queries/submissions from BIPOC only. (Other than that she’s remaining CLOSED to queries/submissions except by referral from colleagues and clients.)

Some notes for BIPOC submissions:

Writers DO NOT need to live in the US to submit. I have clients living all over the world. However, my non-English language skills are exceedingly rusty so I can only take submissions in English at this time.

Here’s what I’m looking for: Novel or novella length adult or YA fiction. I’m thrilled that the novella has made a comeback, but will note that the available markets are still few in number so having plans for novels also would be keen.

My list is fairly representative of my taste, but I’m particularly interested right now in grounded science fiction, futurism, space opera, second world fantasy, secret history, gothics, and horror. I’ll consider anything that falls into SF/F/H or adjacent speculative categories, though. There always seems to be something I didn’t know I was looking for until I’m up until the wee hours reading it – look at GIDEON THE NINTH (Tamsyn Muir) and STAR EATER (Kerstin Hall).

I’m also interested in the tradition of regional fiction (stories that use place, and sometimes time period, as a distinguishing characteristic and integral part of the narrative) but with a more contemporary sensibility. These do not have to fall into SFF categories but it’s okay with me if they do.

Here’s what I don’t want to see in my inbox: Nonfiction, memoirs, screenplays, poetry, and picture books. If it’s not one of these… see above regarding things I didn’t know I was looking for.

For an initial query/submission please send a query letter, the first ten (10) pages of the manuscript, and a short 1-2 page synopsis. Please email this to ( with BIPOC in the subject line. Cut and paste into the email – no attachments, please.