FOLIO Volume 36 (2021)

SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 36 OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 AND CLOSE ON DECEMBER 11, 2020.

FOLIO is seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art for upcoming Volume 36. While our previous two issues have centered on a specific theme, we are accepting submissions of any topic this year. Send us your best work. It can be something new, it can be something that you’ve been waiting to submit for a long time. We hope to receive a wide range of work that showcases the human experience, whether that experience is one of joy, grief, trauma, perseverance, social justice, excitement, or any other emotional state. 

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

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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.

Our latest issue is available for purchase through the purchase link below--way down there! 

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 We accept only unpublished, original work.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.

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)


PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY WORK TO THIS CATEGORY.

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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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