WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are drawn to smart, culturally relevant literary nonfiction that is interrogative, reflective, analytical, exploratory, and/or expository in nature. We particularly gravitate toward projects with a personal, identifiable voice and a distinctive point of view. But we also welcome work that weaves narrative writing with conceptual ideas, philosophical reflection or speculation, historical facts, and/or research. Proposed projects must have a fresh, contemporary feel and be original in one way or another—whether in terms of subject or style (or both).
We will consider any project that falls under the literary nonfiction banner, including literary memoirs, personal essays, literary journalism, interviews, literary criticism, social and cultural criticism, cultural studies, film and TV writing, art writing, nature and environment writing, place and travel writing, food narratives, and hybrid forms. Please note that we are not interested in rhetorical, academic, or standard journalistic nonfiction.
EXAMPLES OF OUR TASTE IN LITERARY NONFICTION
• Feel Free—Zadie Smith
• Coventry—Rachel Cusk
• In the Dream House—Carmen Maria Machado
• Lunch with a Bigot—Amitava Kumar
• I Like to Watch—Emily Nussbaum
• Love and Other Ways of Dying—Michael Paterniti
• Take This Man—Brando Skyhorse
• The Year of Magical Thinking—Joan Didion
• Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through—T Fleischmann
• Trick Mirror—Jia Tolentino
• Me Talk Pretty One Day—David Sedaris
• The Chronology of Water—Lidia Yuknavitch
• Heavy—Kiese Laymon
• One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter—Scaachi Koul
• Rising—Elizabeth Rush
• The Yellow House—Sarah M. Broom
HOW TO SUBMIT
If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please refer to our submission guidelines.
Please note that we treat memoirs like fiction. In addition to the nonfiction book proposal, manuscripts should be finished and polished at the time of querying.