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NARRATIVE NONFICTION

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Thoughtful, sophisticated, and unapologetically intelligent projects across the full spectrum of narrative nonfiction. We tend to gravitate towards work that hinges on a personal voice and a distinctive point of view. But we also welcome work that weaves personal narrative with conceptual ideas, philosophy, theory, research, and other elements. More than any particular 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 welcome projects that fall within these broad subcategories: literary memoirs, creative nonfiction, book-length essays and essay collections, experimental biography and autobiography, literary journalism, cultural commentary and criticism, cultural history, film and TV writing, art writing, nature and environment writing, place and travel narratives, science writing, medical and illness narratives, and food writing. Please note that we are not interested in rhetorical, scholarly, or standard journalistic nonfiction.

Please note that we handle memoirs like fiction. In addition to the nonfiction book proposal, manuscripts should be finished and polished at the time of querying.

Single author work only. Co-authored projects will not be considered. The proposed book must be written in English (no translations).

EXAMPLES OF OUR TASTE IN NARRATIVE NONFICTION

Feel Free by Zadie Smith • Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom • Coventry by Rachel Cusk
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole • Disfigured by Amanda Leduc
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino • The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
In the Dark Room by Brian Dillon • Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong • Love Drones by Noam Dorr
Surrender by Joanna Pocock • Collected Essays by Hanif Kureishi
Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl • Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

HOW TO SUBMIT

We have specific submission guidelines for this category. Learn more here.