FOLIO Volume 37 (2022)

SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 37 OPEN ON OCTOBER 1, 2021 AND CLOSE ON DECEMBER 3, 2021.

Heraclitus maintained that the very nature of life is flux, is change, and that to resist this change was to resist the essence of our existence.

What could be more relevant today than the idea of Worlds in Flux? We have all been affected by Coronavirus, a force of nature that has muscled us into bearing witness to a brave new world and lifestyle no one could have expected. Analogously, how do other major (or minor) life changes shake up our own private universes? What can falling in love, the heating of the planet, physical and geopolitical conflict, spiritual/moral birth or bankruptcy, addiction, breakups, makeups, the coming of age, or the never ending cycle of life and death teach us?

The beauty of these periods of newness are endless and profound. And as agents of change and transformation, we become first-hand communicators of what comes out of Worlds in Flux. Whether they be lessons we tell ourselves so that we are not doomed to repeat them or celebrations of the best thing that has ever happened to us, our stories are revealing fossilizations of what it means to be human. They act to enshrine the uncanny elements of life that cannot help but withstand the test of time.

For our 2022 issue, FOLIO is searching for your take from the greatest tectonic shifts in time and world affairs to even the smallest most seemingly insignificant metamorphoses in your own personal life. What does the fountainhead of a new era mean to you? How has your life been transmogrified? How have you and your loved ones been affected by this change? Please send us previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or art  of excellent quality about your version and vision of Worlds in Flux. This topic can be as broad or as specific as you’d like to make it.

For individual genre requirements, please click on each genre’s form below.                                                          

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 Carmen Maria Machado, Michael Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, Ann Beattie, Walter Kirn, and Marie Howe. With over 30 years of history, FOLIO is proud to continue publishing great work. 

If you would like to get a sense of the work we publish, please check out past issues of FOLIO. You may purchase FOLIO through Submittable by following the purchase 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.

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

FOLIO does NOT tolerate racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, or any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and viewpoints. 

FOLIO does NOT accept previously published work. We accept only unpublished, original work. 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 an entire submission, please use the "Withdraw" function. To withdraw part of a submission, please send us a message within Submittable noting which piece(s) are no long available. Thank you.

SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 37 OPEN ON OCTOBER 1, 2021 AND CLOSE ON DECEMBER 3, 2021.

Heraclitus maintained that the very nature of life is flux, is change, and that to resist this change was to resist the essence of our existence.

What could be more relevant today than the idea of Worlds in Flux? We have all been affected by Coronavirus, a force of nature that has muscled us into bearing witness to a brave new world and lifestyle no one could have expected. Analogously, how do other major (or minor) life changes shake up our own private universes? What can falling in love, the heating of the planet, physical and geopolitical conflict, spiritual/moral birth or bankruptcy, addiction, breakups, makeups, the coming of age, or the never ending cycle of life and death teach us?

The beauty of these periods of newness are endless and profound. And as agents of change and transformation, we become first-hand communicators of what comes out of Worlds in Flux. Whether they be lessons we tell ourselves so that we are not doomed to repeat them or celebrations of the best thing that has ever happened to us, our stories are revealing fossilizations of what it means to be human. They act to enshrine the uncanny elements of life that cannot help but withstand the test of time.

For our 2022 issue, FOLIO is searching for your take from the greatest tectonic shifts in time and world affairs to even the smallest most seemingly insignificant metamorphoses in your own personal life. What does the fountainhead of a new era mean to you? How has your life been transmogrified? How have you and your loved ones been affected by this change? Please send us previously unpublished poetry of excellent quality about your version and vision of Worlds in Flux. This topic can be as broad or as specific as you’d like to make it.

·  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 37. One prize-winner will receive notation within our Spring 2022 issue, with a small monetary token of our appreciation ($50).

SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 37 OPEN ON OCTOBER 1, 2021 AND CLOSE ON DECEMBER 3, 2021.

Heraclitus maintained that the very nature of life is flux, is change, and that to resist this change was to resist the essence of our existence.

What could be more relevant today than the idea of Worlds in Flux? We have all been affected by Coronavirus, a force of nature that has muscled us into bearing witness to a brave new world and lifestyle no one could have expected. Analogously, how do other major (or minor) life changes shake up our own private universes? What can falling in love, the heating of the planet, physical and geopolitical conflict, spiritual/moral birth or bankruptcy, addiction, breakups, makeups, the coming of age, or the never ending cycle of life and death teach us?

The beauty of these periods of newness are endless and profound. And as agents of change and transformation, we become first-hand communicators of what comes out of Worlds in Flux. Whether they be lessons we tell ourselves so that we are not doomed to repeat them or celebrations of the best thing that has ever happened to us, our stories are revealing fossilizations of what it means to be human. They act to enshrine the uncanny elements of life that cannot help but withstand the test of time.

For our 2022 issue, FOLIO is searching for your take from the greatest tectonic shifts in time and world affairs to even the smallest most seemingly insignificant metamorphoses in your own personal life. What does the fountainhead of a new era mean to you? How has your life been transmogrified? How have you and your loved ones been affected by this change? Please send us previously unpublished fiction of excellent quality about your version and vision of Worlds in Flux. This topic can be as broad or as specific as you’d like to make it.

  • 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!

All submissions to this category will be considered for FOLIO's Editor's Prize in Fiction for Volume 37. One prize-winner will receive notation within our Spring 2022 issue, with a small monetary token of our appreciation ($50).

SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 37 OPEN ON OCTOBER 1, 2021 AND CLOSE ON DECEMBER 3, 2021.

Heraclitus maintained that the very nature of life is flux, is change, and that to resist this change was to resist the essence of our existence.

What could be more relevant today than the idea of Worlds in Flux? We have all been affected by Coronavirus, a force of nature that has muscled us into bearing witness to a brave new world and lifestyle no one could have expected. Analogously, how do other major (or minor) life changes shake up our own private universes? What can falling in love, the heating of the planet, physical and geopolitical conflict, spiritual/moral birth or bankruptcy, addiction, breakups, makeups, the coming of age, or the never ending cycle of life and death teach us?

The beauty of these periods of newness are endless and profound. And as agents of change and transformation, we become first-hand communicators of what comes out of Worlds in Flux. Whether they be lessons we tell ourselves so that we are not doomed to repeat them or celebrations of the best thing that has ever happened to us, our stories are revealing fossilizations of what it means to be human. They act to enshrine the uncanny elements of life that cannot help but withstand the test of time.

For our 2022 issue, FOLIO is searching for your take from the greatest tectonic shifts in time and world affairs to even the smallest most seemingly insignificant metamorphoses in your own personal life. What does the fountainhead of a new era mean to you? How has your life been transmogrified? How have you and your loved ones been affected by this change? Please send us previously unpublished nonfiction of excellent quality about your version and vision of Worlds in Flux. This topic can be as broad or as specific as you’d like to make it. Creative nonfiction 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 37. One prize-winner will receive notation within our Spring 2022 issue, with a small monetary token of our appreciation ($50). 

SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 37 OPEN ON OCTOBER 1, 2021 AND CLOSE ON DECEMBER 3, 2021.

Heraclitus maintained that the very nature of life is flux, is change, and that to resist this change was to resist the essence of our existence.

What could be more relevant today than the idea of Worlds in Flux? We have all been affected by Coronavirus, a force of nature that has muscled us into bearing witness to a brave new world and lifestyle no one could have expected. Analogously, how do other major (or minor) life changes shake up our own private universes? What can falling in love, the heating of the planet, physical and geopolitical conflict, spiritual/moral birth or bankruptcy, addiction, breakups, makeups, the coming of age, or the never ending cycle of life and death teach us?

The beauty of these periods of newness are endless and profound. And as agents of change and transformation, we become first-hand communicators of what comes out of Worlds in Flux. Whether they be lessons we tell ourselves so that we are not doomed to repeat them or celebrations of the best thing that has ever happened to us, our stories are revealing fossilizations of what it means to be human. They act to enshrine the uncanny elements of life that cannot help but withstand the test of time.

For our 2022 issue, FOLIO is searching for your take from the greatest tectonic shifts in time and world affairs to even the smallest most seemingly insignificant metamorphoses in your own personal life. What does the fountainhead of a new era mean to you? How has your life been transmogrified? How have you and your loved ones been affected by this change? Please send us previously unpublished art about your version and vision of Worlds in Flux. This topic can be as broad or as specific as you’d like to make it.


FOLIO seeks gritty, exciting, compelling, and inspiring art. We now feature comic, 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.art@gmail.com


All submissions to this category will be considered for FOLIO's  Editor's Prize in Art for Volume 37. One prize-winner will receive notation within our Spring 2022 issue, with a small monetary token of our appreciation ($50). 

FOLIO VOLUME 36 (2021)

Please note: due to disruption from the COVID-19 outbreak, our physical mailing may be delayed. As soon as we can send issues out safely, we will fulfill all orders. In the meantime, we offer a discounted digital copy of this issue. Follow this link for purchase and download: http://www.0s-1s.com/new-magazines-iii/folio-36-1

Unlike our previous two issues, which each had a focused submission theme, this year, we opted to open for submissions of all subjects, themes, styles, and perspectives. We, as editors, wanted to ensure that the work we received would be able to encompass the raw emotion of current events—the COVID-19 pandemic, social justice movements against racism and white supremacist violence, to name a few—while also giving writers an opportunity to send in work that needn’t feel “rushed” or “timely.” We simply wanted work that cut to the core of all human experience.


In this issue: 

  • an interview with author Elissa Washuta about her new book White Magic, a collection of essays that bend narrative and time to confront past traumas and reclaim histories stolen by colonialism and violence
  • our annual Editor's Prize winners—the cover, our Editor's Prize for Art: an untitled piece by Mario Loprete; the Editor’s Prize for Poetry: Keith Woodruff's “Another Grief Poem”; the Editor's Prize Nonfiction: “My Father’s Ashes, Urn, and Tombstone” by Judith Saunders; and the Editor's Prize for Fiction: Kuros Charney’s “Shah Mat” 
  • Plus new work from the following Volume 36 contributors: Joanna Acevedo, Amin Ahmad, Mary Ardery, Emma Aylor, V. B. Borjen, Marisa P. Clark, Bruce Ducker, U.A Edwardson, Alan Elyshevitz, Diane Forman, Rebecca Givens Rolland, Laura Hetzel, Aiden Heung, Lisa Higgs, Cristina Legarda, Dawn Macdonald, Victoria Mendoza, Melissa Nunez, Ailsa Ross, Linds Sanders, Darci Schummer, Anindita Sengupta, Savannah Slone, Grace Q. Song, Samn Stockwell, Peter Vertacnik, Ashley Wagner, Maura Way, Jean Wolff


With this subscription, you will receive:

1. An order of our new, limited-run 2021 issue (Volume 36)


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FOLIO VOLUME 35 (2020)

All Systems Go

Please note: due to disruption from the COVID-19 outbreak, our physical mailing has been delayed until further notice. As soon as we can send issues out safely, we will fulfill all orders. In the meantime, we are offering a discounted digital copy of this issue. Follow this link for purchase and download: http://www.0s-1s.com/new-magazines-ii/folio-35-1


In this issue: an interview with Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, author of The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons; the winners of FOLIO’s annual Editor’s Prizes: Murwarid Abdiani's "Good Girls and Daughters” (Non-fiction), Caroline Adkin’s “Notes on Carrying My Own Firewood” (Poetry), and Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry's “Gene Therapy” (Fiction); and much more prose, poetry, and art in conversation with our central theme for 2020, All Systems Go. Inside is 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. Also featured is work that engages the beauty of systems that humans, and all of nature, inhabit. 


All gratitude and respect to our formidable list of contributors: Murwarid Abdiani, Millicent Borges Accardi, Caroline X. Adkins, Jennifer Battisti, Nan Becker, Ace Boggess, Roger Camp, Lisa Compo, Will Cordeiro, Madeleine Cravens, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, Jenny Hedley, Romana Iorga, Pamela Gwyn Kripke, Mercedes Lawry, Karl Lorenzen, Leah Oates, Frances Park, C. R. Resetarits, Gretchen Rockwell, Fierce Sonia, Alison Stone, Brett Stout, Xenia Taiga, Adam Tavel, Michael Zinkowski, Monika Zobel


With this subscription, you will receive:
1. An order of our new, limited-run 2020 issue (Volume 35)


PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY WORK TO THIS CATEGORY.
THIS CATEGORY IS SOLELY FOR PURCHASING AN ISSUE SUBSCRIPTION!

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

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

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