Stephen Barbara

An agent with Foundry since January of 2009, Stephen Barbara represents books for young readers, and adult fiction and nonfiction. His clients include New York Times bestseller Lauren Oliver, Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz, National Book Award nominee and national bestseller Lisa Graff, two-time Emmy winner and Edgar Award winner Jack Ferraiolo, co-creator of the national sensation Go The F*** To Sleep (Akashic Books) Ricardo Cortès, international bestseller Todd Strasser, and indie bestseller and award-winning children’s author Lynne Jonell, among many others. Since 2010, Stephen has also represented the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit, as well as the multimedia arts organization The Story Pirates.
Stephen grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and later attended the University of Chicago, where he studied English and literary criticism and was a co-founder of the college’s literary magazine. After a stint as a freelance book reviewer and sports writer for publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Weekly Standard, Stephen began his publishing career, working first as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins, then spending three years as Contracts Director of the Donald Maass Agency.

Stephen Barbara only accepts submissions by email. Please send all queries for Stephen to For more information on submitting your project, please see the Foundry Submissions page.

  • Lauren Oliver
    New York Times Bestseller

  • Lauren Oliver
    New York Times Bestseller

  • Splendors & Glooms
    Laura Amy Schlitz
    New York Times Bestseller and Newbery Honor winner

  • A Tangle of Knots
    Lisa Graff
    National Book Award nominee and National Bestseller

  • This Song Will Save Your Life
    Leila Sales
    “Poignant” –New York Times Book Review

  • Fallout
    Todd Strasser
    ALA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

  • Africa is My Home
    Monica Edinger
    New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice”

  • Go the F**k to Sleep
    illustrated by Ricardo Cortes
    #1 New York Times Bestseller

  • Meant to Be
    Lauren Morrill
    The Children’s Book Council’s 2013 “Teen Choice” award nominee

  • Sidekicks
    Jack D. Ferraiolo
    Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2011

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