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LITERARY FICTION

What We Are Looking For

Our emphasis is on intelligent, character-driven literary fiction with a strong contemporary resonance. We are not interested in genre fiction (such as historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller, romance or western). However, we welcome projects that play with genre conventions in style or form.

We’re open to a broad range of literary fiction, although we are partial to novels that say something original about human experience and the human condition. We are drawn to the cerebral, the provocative, the surreal and atmospheric, social realism, speculative realism, magical realism, satirical and absurdist themes, coming-of-age stories, explorations of identity and belonging, the immigrant experience, cultural and multicultural issues, environmental themes, indigenous perspectives, and stories with international settings.

Please note that we are highly selective about literary fiction projects. We have a particular interest in writers who have been published in literary magazines or have completed a program in creative writing (such as an MFA).

Submissions must be for full-length, previously unpublished novels (between 60,000 and 100,000 words). We are not interested in seeing queries for previously published material, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks or online. We will consider translations of previously published or unpublished work provided the writing is exceptional and translated samples are available for review.

If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to our Submission Guidelines page.