Nicola Chang

Nicola Chang represents writers of fiction and non-fiction as well as a small list of poets. She is an editorially-focused agent and is passionate about working with writers closely to develop their proposals and manuscripts for submisison to publishers. She primarily represents literary fiction and general and narrative non-fiction and is looking to take on and develop writers who are working across these genres, including poets who are also working in prose. Please submit your work to submissions@davidhigham.co.uk for the attention of Nicola following our submission guidelines.

Nicola’s authors have won or been nominated for the BBC National Short Story Award, Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award, Dylan Thomas Prize, Edge Hill Prize, Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, Forward Prizes, Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, Jhalak Prize, Goldsmiths Prize, Rathbones Folio Prize, Sunday Times Short Story Award, Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Ted Hughes Award, TS Eliot Prize, White Review Poet’s Prize, White Review Short Story Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize).

Nicola reads broadly and her taste ranges from the very contemporary, such as Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation or Sally Rooney’s Normal People, to modern classics such as Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia, Toni Morrison’s Jazz or Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach. In between that, she loves writers like James Baldwin, Sybille Bedford, Anna Burns, Rachel Cusk, Junot Díaz, Kazuo Ishiguro, Garth Greenwell, Ben Lerner, Eimear McBride, Edward St Aubyn, Elizabeth Strout and Miriam Toews and short fiction by such writers as Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, José Luis Borges, Mary Gaitskill and David Szalay. She is particularly interested in diaspora writing and global stories. She has recently enjoyed Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth and The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by John M. Harrison.

In non-fiction, she is interested in academics, experts and critics who are looking to cross over into the mainstream as well as journalists and non-experts who are passionate about a particular story or subject. She is drawn to memoir, narrative non-fiction, revisionist histories and writing which works at the intersections of culture, society, politics, psychology, philosophy and criticism as well as food writing and cookery. She has recently enjoyed Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker, Revolting Prostitutes by Molly Smith and Juno Mac and Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong.

Nicola joined David Higham Associates in 2020. She was previously an agent at The Good Literary Agency and, before that, started her career at Aitken Alexander Associates. In 2019 Nicola won the London Book Fair’s Trailblazer Award for her work at TGLA and was named a Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2020.

Please send any enquiries about or for her authors to reception@davidhigham.co.uk.

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