American Reader Series
At this time, we will only be accepting short fiction submissions for the American Reader Series through our annual BOA Short Fiction Prize from April 1 - May 31. Please note that BOA does not publish novels. Unsolicted manuscripts sent outside of the open reading period will be recycled without response. Thank you.
Click here for the complete BOA Short Fiction Prize guidelines.
BOA Editions publishes short literary fiction through its American Reader Series. While aesthetic quality is subjective, the fiction that BOA publishes will be written by authors more concerned with the artfulness of their writing than the twists and turns of plot (i.e. the majority of genre writing such as mystery, science fiction, horror, etc.). As with our poetry, the first criterion for publishing any book will be its artistic excellence.
Our strongest current interest is in short story collections (and short-short story collections). We strongly advise you to read our first published fiction collections and previous winners of the BOA Short Fiction Prize, listed below.
The American Reader Series will also remain a venue for works of prose about poetry and poetics.
American Reader Series Submission Guidelines
WE DO NOT ACCEPT ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS.
- Submit only one book-length, complete manuscript at a time. Page count is open, but 300 pages should be considered the high end.
- Manuscript should be double spaced.
- Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient return postage.
- Send the manuscript Attn: Fiction Submission.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Note simultaneous submissions in your cover letter and notify BOA immediately should your submission be accepted elsewhere.
- Include a cover letter with relevant publishing history.
- In the case of literary fiction, include a brief synopsis or description of the work. Do not send a query. Send the complete manuscript.
Allow a minimum of four to five months for reply
American Reader Series Titles
Christmas at the Four Corners of the Earth, Blaise Cendrars
Pig Notes & Other Dumb Music: Prose on Poetry, William Heyen
After-Images: Autobiographical Sketches, W. D. Snodgrass
Walking Light, Stephen Dunn
To Sound Like Yourself (out of print), W. D. Snodgrass
You Alone Are Real to Me: Remembering Rainer Maria Rilke (out of print), Lou Andreas-Salomé
Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee, Edited by Earl G. Ingersoll
I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket For Occasions Such As These, Anthony Tognazzini
Unlucky Lucky Days, Daniel Grandbois
Glass Grapes and Other Stories, Martha Ronk
Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters, Jessica Treat
On the Winding Stair, Joanna Howard
Cradle Book: Stories & Fables, Craig Morgan Teicher
In the Time of the Girls, Anne Germanacos
This New and Poisonous Air, Adam McOmber
To Assume a Pleasing Shape, Joseph Salvatore
The Innocent Party, Aimee Parkison
The Era of Not Quite, Douglas Watson
The Winged Seed: A Remembrance, Li-Young Lee
Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories, Aurelie Sheehan
The Tao of Humiliation, Lee Upton
Bridge, Robert Thomas
Reptile House, Robin McLean
The Education of a Poker Player, James McManus
Remarkable, Dinah Cox