Commissioning Editor and Senior Literary Agent

Warren leads the WAA team and his clients, as literary agent, include:
Dryad Press: (Michèle Betty, Kobus Moolman, Sally Ann Murray, Simon van Schalkwyk, Brian Walter, Fiona Zerbst); Tinzwe Media: (Rutendo Nyamuda); Unathi Magubeni; Brad Morris; Zanele Ndlovu; Ikenna Chinedu Okeh; Kelly Showker; Linda Ann Strang (Star Reverse, Dryad Press 2022) and Uzor Maxim Uzoatu.

Warren’s clients, as line and developmental novel editor [please note, literary agents cannot be paid-for book editors and simultaneous literary agents for that manuscript, as this presents a conflict of interest]:
Wendy Ashworth; Jude Dibia; Onyeka Nwelue’s The Strangers of Braamfontein (2021); Mitterand Okorie.

Anthology Editor: Tinzwe Media (Meghan Adams; Megan Damon; Estée de Villiers; Gabriel Klaasen; Cato Louw; Siyavuya Madikane; Simon Nyamuda; Karabo Mafolo; Bernice Maune; Tanaka Mutakwa; Lolu Ncukana; Nhlanhla Ngulube; Goitsemang Nkomo; Elna Schutz; Rebecca Sibanda; Khumo Theko; Jamie Thurston Wyngaard).

Rourke is Executive Editor for the South African based literary journal, Hotazel Review (

Poetry: Please note that Rourke only represents national poets, aiming for and published through, Dryad Press. His role for this remarkable independent poetry publisher is ‘Foreign Rights’.

What I’m Looking For:

Exceptional style and story in terms of both fiction as well as nonfiction. My emphasis is literary fiction, memoir and poetry. I do consider genre, but it needs to be exceptional. Short story writers are welcome. Editorial agents work closely with authors in terms of line and developmental editing, before and after going out on subs, and I represent only top shelf writing to top shelf publishers: As the editing necessitates time, I will rarely consider manuscripts that have not been professionally edited, by a literary minded editor, and I suggest that you ensure that I’m receiving the best possible version of your manuscript. I have a working relationship with, and my clients have been under consideration by, the editors and publishers of: Abibiman Publishing; Barbican Press; BenBella Books; BlackBird Books; Black Lawrence Press; Ecco (HarperCollins); Dryad Press; Editura Creator (Romania); Graywolf Press; Grove Atlantic; Nine Arches Press; Tin House; Schöffling & Co.; Soft Skull Press . . . among a plethora of others.

Warren is currently closed to submissions.

In order to be considered for representation with Warren Jeremy Rourke, authors need to query with the following, to his email address:
1. A Query Letter (including a Short Bio of the author, at end).
2. 500 word Synopsis of the manuscript.
3. First 3 Pages of the manuscript (please do not send more than 3 pages with the initial query).
We may, thereafter, request a partial (first 3 chapters) from the author.
Please allow time for us to consider your query, at least 2 weeks, before your follow up (we receive an inordinate amount of queries each month).
Where we will endeavor to respond with our decision, we will not provide any feedback, and our response comes by way of a form letter.