Michael Curry


Michael Curry joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2012, where he started as the assistant to Jennifer Jackson. His list of clients currently includes USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Khaw, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winner Premee Mohamed, Newbery Honor, Nebula, and Locus Award winner Darcie Little Badger, Hugo and World Fantasy Award finalist Nick Mamatas, Sturgeon Award finalist Vajra Chandrasekera, and Nebula Award finalist Suzan Palumbo. He’s been a slush reader for the award-winning Lightspeed Magazine and the original incarnation of Fantasy Magazine.


Michael is actively interested in novels with a compelling concept and a distinct voice. He encourages submissions by writers from underrepresented groups.

Looking for:

– Science fiction and fantasy with superbly crafted prose, especially leaning toward the literary and the Weird.

– Near-future thrillers with strong speculative elements (think William Gibson, Paolo Bacigalupi, Omar El Akkad, or Tim Maughan rather than Dale Brown, Brad Thor, or David Baldacci).

Please do not query with nonfiction (including memoirs), poetry, middle grade, chapter books, picture books, or screenplays.

Query via email at query.mcurry@maassagency.com only and include a query letter, a synopsis (1-2 pages), and the first five pages of your novel pasted into the body of the email. No attachments.

Response times:
Query letters — up to 6 weeks from receipt.
Partial manuscripts — up to 8-10 weeks.
Full manuscripts — two months or more.


For all other inquiries (NO QUERIES), email him at mcurry@maassagency.com