FOLIO Volume 33 (2018)

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” 
― Camus

Reading period for Volume 33 (2018): will open in the fall of 2017.

Volume 32's reading period (September 19th, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017) is CLOSED. To withdraw a submission, please follow these instructions.


FOLIO is a nationally recognized literary journal affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors. Past issues have included work by Roxane Gay, Michael Reid Busk, Franny Choi, Billy Collins, Ivan Pinkava, Hettie Jones, William Stafford, Bruce Weigl, Yumi Sakugawa, and Ross Gay, as well as interviews with Michael Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, Ann Beattie, Walter Kirn, Marie Howe, and Evie Shockley. With over 30 years of history, FOLIO is proud to continue publishing great work. 

If you would like to submit to us in the future, please check out past issues of FOLIO to determine the compatibility of your work with our journal. You may purchase FOLIO through Submittable by following the subscription links below, and digitally on 0s&1s [here's a how-to guide for downloading your copy]. If you’re in the DC area, visit Upshur Street BooksThe Potter's House or Politics & Prose to buy FOLIO at a discounted rate.

Our latest issue (Volume 31, 2016) is available for purchase through the subscription link below--way down there! *scrolls


Send us your questions or comments to folio.editors@gmail.com, but before you do please note that: 

NO, FOLIO does NOT accept previously published work. We accept only unpublished, original work. NO, FOLIO does NOT accept work by former or current American University students/faculty.

Yes: FOLIO accepts translations as long as the English translation has not been published elsewhere; Simultaneous submissions are OK as long as you let us know and pull your piece if/as soon as it's accepted elsewhere; Posthumous submissions are accepted for consideration as long as the piece in question is submitted by the next of kin/person who holds the rights to the piece (proof required prior to acceptance).  

Yes, FOLIO is a non-profit organization.

To withdraw a submission, please follow these instructions. 

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.

All gratitude and respect to our formidable list of contributors: Laura Bernstein-Machlay, Despy Boutris, Roger Camp, Shannon Castleton, Judson Evans, Allen Forrest, Debora Guerra, Lindsay Haber, Jennifer Harvey, Gloria Heffernan, Mercedes Lawry, Louise Marburg, Lia Mastropolo, Maria McLeod, Laurie Monahan, Dave Nielsen, Ed O’Casey, Abedemi Olowonira, Robert Pruitt, Josh Rathkamp, Varun Ravindran, Eileen Rush, Claire Scott, Alison Stone, Daniel Tobin, James Valvis, and Ursula Villarreal-Moura.

With this subscription, you will receive:

1. An order of our new limited-run 2017 issue (Volume 32)

2. A free limited edition art print by 2017 cover artist, Devin Symons (while supplies last). 



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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. 

With this subscription, you will receive:

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FOLIO in collaboration with Big Lucks are proud to present the winner of the 2015 Best Prize as selected by Ginger Ko:

SAY GRIEF ENOUGH TIMES THAT IT LOSES MEANING

Looming behind piles of discarded waste, ismael luna's leave anything weaves a lyric of survival cloaked in a faded tapestry of yellows and browns, wilted flowers, fake flowers, the smelll of attics and pink soap. Here, we exist in the "unavoidable smallness" of a reality that is unwelcoming. How waste and beauty mirror each other. How cultural violence is normaized. But though the spreads of this chapbook appear sparse they are never quiet--we are commanded to listen, to watch words interact across pages, to read and feel the power of language, and that of intersecting hybrid languages, to grow, create, and keep on living: "we are more / than mantles of / trauma."*

20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Camp of the Sacred Stones, a Spirit Camp along the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

With this subscription, you will receive:

1. A copy of ismael luna's limited-run chapbook, leave anything.

2. A randomly selected back issue from the FOLIO archives.

3. A free limited edition art print by 2017 cover artist, Devin Symons (while supplies last).



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*Chapbook description by Big Lucks editor Kina Viola

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Our 2015 issue (Volume 30) is SOLD OUT, so whether you've been yearning for a chronological set of magazines with one year missing or simply want SIX years of stunning poetry, prose, and art for $19.50, this bundle is for you!

With this subscription, you will receive:

  •  An order of our new limited-run volume 32 (2017),  which features the winning pieces of FOLIO's inaugural Editor's Prizes: "Rainbow Trout" by Judson Evans (Poetry), "Creamer's House" by Louise Marburg (Fiction), and "Standing Still" by Deborah Guerra (Nonfiction); interviews with authors Viola Allo and Michael Carroll; and much more prose, poetry, and art.
  • 5 back issues (2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011)
  • A free limited edition art print by 2017 cover artist, Devin Symons (while supplies last). 

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Please do not submit any work in this category. This category is solely for subscribing to our issues.

With this subscription, you will receive FOLIO Volume 23, Issues 1 & 2 (Spring and Winter 2008), which feature an interview with Alice McDermott and Mat Johnson, and remarkable work by Mercer Bufter, Sharon Coleman, Mary Diane Hausman, Angie Macri, Lisa Manzi, BZ Niditch, Robert Bense, Jim Daniels, Stephen Massimilla, Allan Peterson, Rebecca B. Rank, and Ann Walters.

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Please do allow 2 weeks for processing! For multiple copies, do contact us at folio.editors@gmail.com.