FOLIO Volume 32 (2017)

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

Reading Period for Volume 32: September 19th 2016 to January 2nd, 2017.


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*

Our reading period for Volume 32 is currently open. This year, FOLIO is proud to announce our first ever Editor's Prize! This year, all general submissions will be considered and a select few will be recognized as finalists.  One accepted submission from each category will be chosen by our judges. Each winner will be awarded a monetary prize, as well as two copies of our 2017 issue. Even more exciting: FOLIO will be hosting a reading during D.C.’s 2016 AWP madness, where winners, finalists and judges will be invited read their work! Our judges for the Editor's Prize are Stephanie Grant (fiction), David Keplinger (poetry) and Sandra Beasley (nonfiction). To learn more about the judges and to view the complete guidelines, please visit the genre links below. 

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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 We accept only unpublished, original work.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.  

Yes, FOLIO is a non-profit organization.

To withdraw a submission, please follow these instructions. 

Ends on January 2, 2017

 “Everything you can imagine is real.” 
― Pablo Picasso

 

FOLIO seeks gritty, exciting, compelling, and inspiring art. We now feature comic, graphic novel, paint, photography, and digital art. Featured artists in our most recent issues have included Asaf Hanuka, Yumi Sakugawa, Frank Correa, Ivan Pinkava, Sai Abishek, and Chelsea Martin, to name only a few.

When submitting, please include a description of your work and the themes or motivations you are exploring.

Submissions can be in any medium and may be printed in color or black and white in high-resolution jpeg or TIFF files at no less than 300 dpi. Please contact us with any questions at folio.editors@gmail.com

Ends on January 2, 2017

 “That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth.” 
― Tim O'Brien

 

Speculative + literary fiction of excellent quality, in terms of craft, are welcome.

  • Please submit only one proof-read story at a time.
  • Pieces may be up to, but no more than, 5000 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 and tone.

Please note: all submissions to this category will be considered for FOLIO's Editor's Prize. All submissions will be considered and a select few will be recognized as finalists. One accepted submission will be chosen by the wonderful Stephanie Grant, our fiction judge. Each winner will be awarded a monetary prize, as well as two copies of our 2017 issue. Even more exciting: FOLIO will be hosting a reading during D.C.’s 2016 AWP madness, where winners, finalists and judges will be invited read their work!

Grant is the award-winning author of two novels, The Passion of Alice (Houghton Mifflin 1995) and Map of Ireland (Scribner 2008). Her work has received many grants and awards, including a Rona Jaffee Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Award and an NEA fellowship. The Passion of Alice was longlisted for Britain's Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. She is currently at work on Home Equity, a novel about contemporary marriage and debt.

Ends on January 2, 2017

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

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.

Please note: all submissions to this category will be considered for FOLIO's Editor's Prize. All submissions will be considered and a select few will be recognized as finalists. One accepted submission will be chosen by the kick-ass Sandra Beasley, our non-fiction judge. Each winner will be awarded a monetary prize, as well as two copies of our 2017 issue. Even more exciting: FOLIO will be hosting a reading during D.C.’s 2016 AWP madness, where winners, finalists and judges will be invited read their work!

Beasley is the author of the poetry collections Theories of Falling (New Issues, 2008) and I Was the Jukebox (W.W. Norton, 2010), as well as the memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (Crown, 2011), which also serves as a cultural history of food allergies. Her poetry has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2010Poetry DailyVerse Daily, and Best New Poets 2005, as well as such journals as PoetryThe BelieverAGNI online, BlackbirdBarrelhouseCopper NickelGulf Coast, and Black Warrior Review. She was a regular contributor to the "XX Files" column for the Washington Post Magazine and more recently her prose has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Psychology Today. She has received fellowships to the University of Mississippi (as the Summer Poet in Residence), the Sewanee Writers' Conference (Walter E. Dakin Fellowship), and Virginia Center for Creative Arts (two Cafritz Fellowships), among others honors. She serves on the Board for the Writer's Center and is also a member of the Arts Club of Washington. Beasley lives in Washington, D.C.

Ends on January 2, 2017

“A word after a word after a word is power.” 
― Margaret Atwood

  • 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!

Please note: all submissions to this category will be considered for FOLIO's Editor's Prize. All submissions will be considered and a select few will be recognized as finalists. One accepted submission will be chosen by the one and only David Keplinger, our poetry judge. Each winner will be awarded a monetary prize, as well as two copies of our 2017 issue. Even more exciting: FOLIO will be hosting a reading during D.C.’s 2016 AWP madness, where winners, finalists and judges will be invited read their work!

Keplinger is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Most Natural Thing (2013) and The Prayers of Others (2006), which won the Colorado Book Award. His first collection, The Rose Inside, was chosen by the poet Mary Oliver for the 1999 T.S. Eliot Prize. Professor Keplinger has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, held a residency in Denmark through the Danish Council on the Arts, and a two year Soros Foundation fellowship in the Czech Republic. In 2011 he produced By and By, an album of eleven songs based on the poetry of his great-great grandfather, a Civil War veteran. His translations of Danish poet Carsten René Nielsen have appeared in two volumes, World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors (2007) and House Inspections (2011), a Lannan Translations Selection. His work has been included in numerous anthologies in the United States, as well as in China and Northern Ireland, and he has taught at the universities of Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Kosice (Slovakia). His areas of interest include contemporary American poetry, European poetry and poetics in the twentieth century, poetic meter and form, creative writing pedagogy, translation and artistic collaboration, and the poetry of witness (with emphases on the American Civil War, the poets of World War I, and Holocaust literature).

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:

1. An order of our new limited-run The Surreal & Fantastical issue (Volume 31, 2016)

2. A free limited edition art print by former art editor, Devin Symons (while supplies last). 

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With this subscription, you will receive:

  •  An order of our new limited-run 30th anniversary issue (2015),  which features an extract from Mari Naomi’s remarkable (and latest) graphic novel; Courtney Lamar Charleston's wrenching and unforgettable poem "Six Shots on Ferguson Missouri"; interviews with authors Helon Habila, and Laura Van Den Berg; all three winners of our 2015 Fiction Contest judged by Lydia Millet, and much more prose, poetry, and art that responds to Conflict, our 2015 issue theme.
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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 not submit any work in this category. This category is solely for subscribing to our issues. With this subscription, you will receive our latest issue (2014), plus two back issues (2013, 2012, and 2011).

Under Title: please write your full name. 

Under Cover Letter: please ensure your address is written out in full. Please write any special instructions for mailing you your FOLIO issue. For international addresses, please include a phone number and/or email address.

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