I became a literary agent in 2012. Previously I was a commissioning editor at Virago Press, an imprint of Little Brown Book Group. I co-founded the Diversity in Publishing Network, which received the New Venture Award from Women in Publishing in 2005. I have been a judge for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Bocas Fiction Prize, SI Leeds Prize, the London Short Story Prize  and the Northern Writers’ Awards. Elise Dillsworth Agency is in association with CaskieMushens who provide back-room and rights support.