Agents:
Jenny Bent
John Bowers
Victoria Cappello
Gemma Cooper
Heather Flaherty
Louise Fury
Molly Ker Hawn
Sarah Manning
Beth Phelan
Brooks Sherman

To query John, please review our
submissions guidelines
Then email  bowersqueries@thebentagency.com

Please send me:

  • Literary fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Apocalyptic fiction
  • Narrative non-fiction

I'm not currently considering queries in the following genres:

  • Poetry
  • Young adult fiction
  • Middle-grade fiction
  • Picture books
  • Self-help/How-to

John Bowers

To query John, please review our submissions guidelines
Then email bowersqueries@thebentagency.com

John Bowers represents adult literary fiction and nonfiction in the areas of history, finance, media theory, politics, and science.


I’m from Richmond, Virginia and studied English literature at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating with a master’s degree in teaching, I spent a few years teaching English and Drama at American International schools in Colombia and Costa Rica. There I engaged in community outreach initiatives, picked up surfing, and after one too many eye-rolls trying to get kids to fall in love with Shakespeare, I packed my bags for Brooklyn.

Before joining the Bent Agency, I worked in literary scouting, where I read fiction and non-fiction and recommended titles for foreign publishing and film/TV adaptation. I now help handle the Bent Agency’s foreign rights and am also building a list of literary fiction and serious non-fiction for adults.

For fiction, I’m looking for Southern Gothic and Southern-influenced literary fiction along the lines of Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy and anything in the tradition of titans like Flannery O’Connor. I would also love to see idea-driven science fiction such as Ursula K. Le Guin's THE DISPOSSESSED, dystopian fiction such as Nick Harkaway's THE GONE-AWAY WORLD and stories that make the world feel dystopian, like Kurt Vonnegut's classic, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-5.

For non-fiction, I’m interested in narrative non-fiction in the vein of Beth Macy’s FACTORY MAN and sweeping historical non-fiction like RIVER OF DOUBT and KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST. I’m open to projects that engagingly distill topics regarding culture, media theory, finance, and popular science much in the way of Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell’s acclaimed works. I’m deeply intrigued by stories that help us better understand our world and anything that sets forth strong characters, edgy and expansive themes, and new perspectives.