Stephen Barr - Editor Assessments
  • 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

    • Feedback

      Stephen will be providing verbal feedback with his assessments.

    • Assessment Categories

      • Chapter Books
      • Crime
      • Early Readers
      • Fantasy
      • Illustrations
      • Junior Fiction
      • Literary Fiction
      • Middle Grade
      • Mystery
      • Narrative Non-Fiction
      • Non-Fiction
      • Picture Book
      • Speculative Fiction
      • Thrillers
      • YA Writing
    • Important

      • 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.