FOLIO Volume 32 (2017)


Reading Period for Volume 32: will open later this fall.


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. 

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

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 magazine. 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 Books, The Potter's House or Politics & Prose to buy FOLIO at a discounted rate.

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. 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.

In this issue: interviews with authors Christopher Citro, and Alberto Rios; all three winners of our 2016 Poetr yContest 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). 

Under Title: please write your full name. Under Cover Letter: please write any special instructions for mailing you your FOLIO issue. Please ensure your address is written out in full, if it isn't already entered as part of this category (Submittable requires an address on the landing page of the category). For international addresses, please include a phone number and/or email address. 

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

Please do allow 2 weeks for processing! 

For multiple copies and special orders, please contact us at folio.editors@gmail.com

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

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.
  • 4 back issues (2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011)
  • A free limited edition art print by former art editor, Devin Symons (while supplies last). 

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Under Cover Letter: please write any special instructions for mailing you your FOLIO copies. Please ensure your address is written out in full, if it isn't already entered as part of this category (Submittable requires an address on the landing page of the category). For international addresses, please include a phone number and/or email address.

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


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.

Under Title: please write your full name. 

Under Cover Letter: please write any special instructions for mailing you your Folio copies. For international addresses, please include a phone number with area code and/or email address.

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

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 write any special instructions for mailing you your Folio copies. Please ensure your address is written out in full, if it isn't already entered as part of this category (Submittable requires an address on the landing page of the category). 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