FOLIO Volume 31 (2016)

Reading Period for Volume 31: Now CLOSED

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“I spoke fire, laughed smoke, and madness spilled forth from my inspiration.”

Arthur Holitscher

FOLIO is a nationally recognized literary journal sponsored by 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. 

Our theme for FOLIO Volume 31 is The Surreal and Fantastical. Our reading period is now CLOSED, and our staff is sorting through over 700 submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. If you submitted, and have not heard back, please be patient. We're working eagerly and very hard to get back to you.  

If you would like to submit to us in the future, please to check out past issues of FOLIO to determine the compatibility of your work with our magazine. You may purchase FOLIO through Submittable by following the links below, and digitally on 0s&1s. If you’re in the DC area, visit Upshur Street Books, The Potter's House or Politics & Prose to buy FOLIO at a discounted rate.


Kangsen Feka Wakai, Editor in Chief

Stephannie Sandoval, Managing Editor

Karen Keating, Assistant Editor

Lilah Katcher, Non-fiction Editor

Steve Castro, Poetry Editor

Louis Campana & Hanna Mangold, Fiction Editor

Mary Coggins, Art Editor

Send us your questions or comments to, but before you do please note that: 

NO, FOLIO does NOT accept previously published 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.  

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