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LITERARY FICTION

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Broadly, we are interested in literary fiction that explores diverse aspects of contemporary life and the world we live in now. In terms of range, we are drawn to the cerebral and erudite, the philosophical, the surreal, social realism, speculative realism, the darkly humorous, satire and absurdism, explorations of identity and belonging, environmental and climate themes, indigenous perspectives, the immigrant and refugee experience, cultural and multicultural issues, and stories with international settings.

Regardless of the theme or context, we seek novels and short story collections that stand out in terms of ambition, vision, sophistication and execution, and the vibrancy and quality of the prose. Above all, we look for a fresh, contemporary feel.

Note that 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 masterfully incorporate genre elements.

EXAMPLES OF OUR TASTE IN LITERARY FICTION

• Grand Union—Zadie Smith
• The Largesse of the Sea Maiden—Denis Johnson
• Flights—Olga Tokarczuk
• Reproduction—Ian Williams
• Tenth of December—George Saunders
• The World Doesn’t Require You—Rion Amilcar Scott
• Exit West—Mohsin Hamid
• The Sympathizer—Viet Thanh Nguyen
• Americanah—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• The Idiot—Elif Batuman
• Florida—Lauren Groff
• A Lucky Man—Jamel Brinkley
• There There—Tommy Orange
• Outline—Rachel Cusk
• Legend of a Suicide—David Vann
• Fish Soup—Margarita García Robayo
• On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous—Ocean Vuong

HOW TO SUBMIT

If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to our submission guidelines.

Please note that we only consider novels and short story collections written originally in English. Manuscripts should be finished and polished at the time of querying.