American Reader Series


BOA accepts submissions to the American Reader Series during October and November of each year. Please read and follow the submission guidelines below prior to submitting any material.

**Please note that BOA does not publish novels and that unsolicted manuscripts sent outside of the open reading period will be recycled without response. Thank you.

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


  • 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

Passwords Primeval: 20 American Poets in Their Own Words, Tony Leuzzi

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