FOLIO is a nationally recognized literary journal sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors. If you would like to submit to us in the future, please check out past issues of FOLIO to determine the compatibility of your work with our journal.

Please note that all FOLIO submissions are to be made online only via Folio Submittable. FOLIO does not accept email or hard-copy submissions.

You can find detailed guidelines via our Submittable page, but, in general, this is what we look for:

Poetry and Prose submissions 

We look for well-crafted poetry and prose that is bold and memorable. We want art that challenges. We encourage you to look at a recent issue of FOLIO to determine the compatibility of your work with our magazine. Past issues have included work by Roxane Gay, Michael Reid Busk, Franny Choi, Billy Collins, Ivan Pinkava, Hettie Jones, William Stafford, Bruce Weigl, Yumi Sakugawa, and Ross Gay, as well as interviews with Michael Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, Ann Beattie, Walter Kirn, Marie Howe, and Carmen Maria Machado.

Art Submissions

FOLIO seeks gritty, exciting, compelling, inspiring art. We now feature comic, graphic novel, paint, photography, and digital art. Featured artists in our most recent issues have included Asaf Hanuka, Yumi Sakugawa, Frank Correa, Ivan Pinkava, Sai Abishek, and Chelsea Martin, to name only a few. When submitting, please include a description of your work and the themes or motivations you are exploring. Submissions can be in any medium and may be printed in color or black and white in high-resolution jpeg or TIFF files at no less than 300 dpi.


Please contact us with any questions or comments:

Folio Orders

For purchases, please visit Submittable to find our latest issue and great bundles at even better prices. Digital copies are available on 0s&1s.

If you're in the DC area, visit Loyalty Books, or The Potter's House, or Politics & Prose to buy FOLIO at a discounted rate.