Stephen Barr is a senior literary agent at Writer House, where he started out as an intern in 2008. He represents a broad stripe of authors across all genres, with a perpetual hankering for audacious, voice-abundant YA, intricate picture books, mysteries that handcuff humour and tragedy to the same radiator, and really any fiction that tackles heavy themes with a light touch.
Stephen is looking for stories that surprises, a story that's told with sincerity but not over-seriousness, a story that asks a lot of questions and leaves some of the trickiest ones unanswered, a story that feels true even if it's hilariously, ridiculously untrue, a story that pushes buttons, a story that does something new!
He's not looking for anything that explicitly moralizes or simplifies complicated issues or doesn't challenge the tropes it's trading in or (more specifically) is a memoir about online dating : )
Stephen Barr - Editor Assessments
Stephen will be providing verbal feedback with his assessments.
- Chapter Books
- Early Readers
- Junior Fiction
- Literary Fiction
- Middle Grade
- Narrative Non-Fiction
- Picture Book
- Speculative Fiction
- YA Writing
- Assessment sessions are only available to conference attendees at this time.
- Assessment sessions are non-refundable unless we are able to resell the session.
- No refunds will be made if you make an assessment booking but do not book for the Conference and your session will be cancelled.
- You may book your session before booking for the conference however there will be a $25.00 administration charge should you decide to cancel the appointment before assessment bookings closing on 15 May 2021.