WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Well-crafted novels, novella-length work, and short story collections that showcase the wide breadth of contemporary human experience. Our thematic interests are broad and varied, but we are partial to autofiction, philosophical fiction, political fiction, international fiction, social realism themes, the darkly humorous and the satirical, the strange and the uncanny, speculative realism, explorations of identity and belonging, environment and climate themes, indigenous perspectives, the migrant and refugee experience, and cultural and multicultural issues.
We are open to most forms, styles, and approaches—from the traditional to the experimental or avant-garde, the stylistically or formally innovative to the deeply ambitious in terms of scope or subject-matter. That said, we lean more towards the maximal rather than the minimal, but are open-minded and accepting of variations insofar as the prose can be described as fresh, innovative, erudite, elegant, invigorating, or challenging. More than any theme or aesthetic approach, our central concern is with literary and artistic excellence—in terms of originality of vision, mastery of language, craft, and technique.
We do not consider genre fiction—such as historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller, romance, or western. However, we are open to projects that play with genre conventions or artfully incorporate genre elements for literary ends.
Manuscripts must be finished and polished at the time of querying. We require that at least 75% of a short story collection comprise stories previously published in well-regarded literary magazines or journals.
EXAMPLES OF OUR TASTE IN LITERARY FICTION
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen • Indelicacy by Amina Cain
Reproduction by Ian Williams • Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
Tenth of December by George Saunders • Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (tr. Jennifer Croft) • There There by Tommy Orange
Outline by Rachel Cusk • Panthers & the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Days by Moonlight by André Alexis
A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán (tr. Sophie Hughes)
The Idiot by Elif Batuman • Petite Fleur by Iosi Havilio (tr. Lorna Scott Fox)
Weather by Jenny Offill • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
HOW TO SUBMIT
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