WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Our interest is in artistically vibrant, intelligent literary fiction that explores diverse aspects of contemporary life and the human experience. We are especially drawn to the philosophical, the erudite and the complex, social realism, the darkly humorous and the satirical, speculative realism, explorations of identity, environment and climate themes, indigenous perspectives, the migrant and refugee experience, cultural and multicultural issues, and stories with international settings.
More than any particular angle, theme, or aesthetic approach, our central concern is with literary quality. We seek works that stand out in terms of technique, mastery of language, intellectual sophistication, and style. In addition, we look for a fresh, contemporary feel and are especially interested in works that appeal to a wide readership. We recommend considering the page-count of your work before querying—we are looking for manuscripts of between 60,000 and 100,000 words for novels and at least 40,000 words for novellas and short story collections.
We are not looking for genre fiction—such as historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller, romance, and western. However, we are open to projects that play with genre conventions or artfully incorporate genre elements.
EXAMPLES OF OUR TASTE IN LITERARY FICTION
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
Reproduction by Ian Williams
Tenth of December by George Saunders
The World Doesn’t Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Florida by Lauren Groff
A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley
Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
There There by Tommy Orange
Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
HOW TO SUBMIT
If you would like to submit your material for consideration, please refer to our submission guidelines.
Please note that we only consider novels, novella-length work, and short story collections written originally in English. Manuscripts should be finished and polished at the time of querying.