1. By November before the conference we post the names and bios of available agents and editors and a list of which genres they represent to help you choose a good match for your work. To see which agents still have available appointments, please visit this page.
  2. Register for the Muse.
  3. During the registration process, select your 1st choice of agent or editor you’d like to meet. You may reserve as many appointments as you’d like during registration; to make additional appointments afterward email Caleb at You must register for the conference to participate in the Manuscript Mart.


  1. We strongly recommend polishing your 20-page sample and making it as strong as you possibly can. It should represent your best work, and preferably be the first 20 pages of a book-length manuscript.
  2. We also strongly recommend including a query letter (you can find suggestions for writing one here) and a 1-page synopsis (you can find advice on writing one here). Providing these helps the agents and editors give you more wholistic feedback
  3. Complete the Manuscript Checklist to be sure you’ve correctly formatted your sample according to our guidelines. Here are the basics:
    1. No more than 20 double-spaced pages of a fiction or nonfiction manuscript. Pages should be numbered, titled, in black 12-point Times New Roman font, on white 8.5x11-inch electronic pages, with a 1-inch margin on all sides
    2. You may include an optional 1 page query and/or 1 page synopsis of the work as a whole. These two pages may be single-spaced.
    3. Full submission is in a single Microsoft Word document. The title of the file MUST be your full name--example: ToniMorrison.doc. Files must end in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf extension.
  4. If you've registered for multiple meetings, you'll submit the Manuscript Sample form once per agent or editor you'll be meeting with. This form will be posted here when it is available.
  5. By Monday, March 29th, 2021 at 11:00am ET, submit your manuscript. Under no circumstances can we accept late submissions and we cannot offer refunds or credits if you do not submit on time.


  1. By Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, you will receive an email with your full conference itinerary, including your Manuscript Mart placement confirmation and appointment time.
  2. On the day of your meeting, the agent or editor you're meeting with will call you at the designated time at the phone number you provided during registration.
  3. We ask that you conclude your discussion promptly so all meetings can start on time.

On Sunday, May 2nd, you'll receive an email from the Muse team requesting you evaluate your Manuscript Mart experience. The information you provide us is vital to ensuring the Manuscript Mart continues to meet our high standards.