FOLIO Volume 35 (2020): All Systems Go

SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 35 OPEN ON OCTOBER 1, 2019 AND CLOSE ON DECEMBER 15, 2019.

All systems go (phrase): A state of readiness for immediate action

FOLIO is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry centered around the theme All Systems Go. For this issue, we are looking for any and all interpretations of this theme, including writing that wrestles with systems of every kind: from government and economics, systems of liberation and oppression, to the workings of the body and the natural universe. Systems govern and contain technology, pop culture, healthcare, family, and more. They are often the means by which human progress, innovation, and solidarity are enacted.

Systems can be described, analyzed, illustrated, upheld, and vitally, disrupted. Conversations around the systems that humans maintain and enjoy invite stories of personal and social transformation. We are equally interested in the beauty of systems that humans, and all of nature, inhabit. We hope this issue will be a collection that celebrates the joy of human interconnectedness as much as it explores the struggle against systems that deny our common and individual humanity. We look forward to reading your work!

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All systems go (phrase): A state of readiness for immediate action

FOLIO is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry centered around the theme All Systems Go. For this issue, we are looking for any and all interpretations of this theme, including writing that wrestles with systems of every kind: from government and economics, systems of liberation and oppression, to the workings of the body and the natural universe. Systems govern and contain technology, pop culture, healthcare, family, and more. They are often the means by which human progress, innovation, and solidarity are enacted.

Systems can be described, analyzed, illustrated, upheld, and vitally, disrupted. Conversations around the systems that humans maintain and enjoy invite stories of personal and social transformation. We are equally interested in the beauty of systems that humans, and all of nature, inhabit. We hope this issue will be a collection that celebrates the joy of human interconnectedness as much as it explores the struggle against systems that deny our common and individual humanity. We look forward to reading your work!
 

Please submit up to 5 poems (8 pages maximum) in one document. 

  • Use a serif font & number your pages.
  • Do not include identifying information in your submission document.

 We are eager to read your submission!


All submissions to this category will be considered for FOLIO's  Editor's Prize in Poetry for Volume 35. One prize-winner will receive notation within our Spring 2020 issue, with a small monetary token of our appreciation ($50). 

All systems go (phrase): A state of readiness for immediate action

FOLIO is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry centered around the theme All Systems Go. For this issue, we are looking for any and all interpretations of this theme, including writing that wrestles with systems of every kind: from government and economics, systems of liberation and oppression, to the workings of the body and the natural universe. Systems govern and contain technology, pop culture, healthcare, family, and more. They are often the means by which human progress, innovation, and solidarity are enacted.

Systems can be described, analyzed, illustrated, upheld, and vitally, disrupted. Conversations around the systems that humans maintain and enjoy invite stories of personal and social transformation. We are equally interested in the beauty of systems that humans, and all of nature, inhabit. We hope this issue will be a collection that celebrates the joy of human interconnectedness as much as it explores the struggle against systems that deny our common and individual humanity. We look forward to reading your work!

Previously unpublished literary + speculative fiction of excellent quality, in terms of craft, are welcome.
 

  • 5,000 word maximum for prose submissions. Please submit only one (1) short story or three (3) works of flash fiction in one document.
  • Use a serif font (double-spaced) and number your pages.
  • Do not include identifying information in your submission document.

We are eager to read your submission. We are looking for a compelling voice, self-awareness & clear decision-making regarding structure and tone.

All submissions to this category will be considered for FOLIO's  Editor's Prize in Fiction for Volume 35. One prize-winner will receive notation within our Spring 2020 issue, with a small monetary token of our appreciation ($50).

All systems go (phrase): A state of readiness for immediate action

FOLIO is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry centered around the theme All Systems Go. For this issue, we are looking for any and all interpretations of this theme, including writing that wrestles with systems of every kind: from government and economics, systems of liberation and oppression, to the workings of the body and the natural universe. Systems govern and contain technology, pop culture, healthcare, family, and more. They are often the means by which human progress, innovation, and solidarity are enacted.

Systems can be described, analyzed, illustrated, upheld, and vitally, disrupted. Conversations around the systems that humans maintain and enjoy invite stories of personal and social transformation. We are equally interested in the beauty of systems that humans, and all of nature, inhabit. We hope this issue will be a collection that celebrates the joy of human interconnectedness as much as it explores the struggle against systems that deny our common and individual humanity. We look forward to reading your work!

Creative non-fiction is welcome.

  • Please submit only one previously unpublished essay at a time.
  • Pieces may be up to, but no more than, 4500 words in length, double-spaced.
  • Use a serif font & number your pages.
  • Do not include identifying information in your submission document. 

We are eager to read your submission. We are looking for a compelling voice, self-awareness & clear decision-making regarding structure + tone, diligent research (when relevant), and your ability to surprise us.

 All submissions to this category will be considered for FOLIO's  Editor's Prize in Non-fiction for Volume 35. One prize-winner will receive notation within our Spring 2020 issue, with a small monetary token of our appreciation ($50). 

All systems go (phrase): A state of readiness for immediate action

FOLIO is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry centered around the theme All Systems Go. For this issue, we are looking for any and all interpretations of this theme, including writing that wrestles with systems of every kind: from government and economics, systems of liberation and oppression, to the workings of the body and the natural universe. Systems govern and contain technology, pop culture, healthcare, family, and more. They are often the means by which human progress, innovation, and solidarity are enacted.

Systems can be described, analyzed, illustrated, upheld, and vitally, disrupted. Conversations around the systems that humans maintain and enjoy invite stories of personal and social transformation. We are equally interested in the beauty of systems that humans, and all of nature, inhabit. We hope this issue will be a collection that celebrates the joy of human interconnectedness as much as it explores the struggle against systems that deny our common and individual humanity. We look forward to reading your work!


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FOLIO VOLUME 34 (2019)

THE WORLD TREE ISSUE

In this issue: an interview about finding universalities with Soniah Kamal, author of Unmarriageable; the winners of FOLIO’s annual Editor’s Prize: “Ode for an Ode on a Grecian Urn” by M.B. McLatchey (Poetry), “Related Disorders” by Carly E. Husick (Fiction), and “Young Dioses” by Joseph Cárdenas (Nonfiction); and much more prose, poetry, and art in conversation with our central theme for 2019, The World Tree. The branches and roots of the World Tree stretch across the cosmos, connecting all that there is or ever will be. The World Tree is anything and it is everything. Within these pages: a chronicle of life, of loss, and of life after loss.

All gratitude and respect to our formidable list of contributors: Richard Brostoff, Roger Camp, Joseph Cárdenas, Mary Copeland, Genevieve DeGuzman, Wendy Dinwiddie, Susan Dyer, Jonathan Greenhause, Joshua Hall, Emily Holland, Carly E. Husick, Julie Iannone, Jayne Marek, Laura McCullough, M.B. McLatchey, Thomas Osatchoff, Simon Perchik, Alice Pettway, Dan Pinkerton, Fabrice Poussin, Donna Pucciani, Laurie Reiche, Sam Simon, Sarah Walker, Suellen Wedmore, and Cassondra Windwalker!

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In this issue: interviews with authors Elena Passarello and Carmen Maria Machado; the winners of FOLIO's Editor's Prize: "Refrigerator Theory" by JoHannah Ash (Poetry), "Tespih ve Dogan" by Gwen Goodkin (Fiction), and "Istanbul Gone" by Jesse O'Reilly-Conlin (Nonfiction); and much more prose, poetry, and art responding to a theme of "crossroads and intersections" within our 2018 issue.

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In this issue: interviews with authors Viola Allo and Michael Carroll; the winners of FOLIO's inaugural Editor's Prize: "Rainbow Trout" by Judson Evans (Poetry), "Creamer's House" by Louise Marburg (Fiction), and "Standing Still" by Deborah Guerra (Nonfiction); and much more prose, poetry, and art within our 32nd volume.

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In this issue: interviews with authors Christopher Citro, and Alberto Rios; all three winners of our 2016 Poetry Contest judged by award-winning poet Jericho Brown, and much more prose, poetry, and art that responds to The Surreal & Fantastical, our 2016 issue theme.

All gratitude and respect to our formidable list of contributors: E. Kristin Anderson, Rachel Ansong, Brandon Barrett, Priscilla Becker, Grant Clauser, Henry Crawford, Ivan De Monbrison, Hannah E. Dow, Jonathan Duckworth, Hollie Dugas, Paul Freidinger, Jonathan Greenhause, Ashley Hoffman, Steve Klepetar, Robert Kostuck, Sofia Lago, Mila Natasha Mendez, Jade Mere, Kathryn Merwin, Rees Nielsen, Alice Pettway, Todd Pierce, Claire Polders, Jessica Roeder, Brad Rose, E.M. Schorb, Marvin Shackelford, Maheshwar Sinha, Michael St. Germain, Ursula Villarreal-Moura, and Kirby Wright. 

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