Open Letter is a literary press that publishes ten books annually—mostly novels, but also collections of short stories, poetry, and literary essays. We only publish books in translation and do not publish children's or young adult literature, plays, self-help books, or how-to guides, etc.

Our editors are looking for contemporary literary fiction from around the world that is unique, distinctive, and that will have a significant impact on world literary conversation. It is strongly recommended that persons who intend to submit a query should familiarize themselves with Open Letter's publications before submitting. Translators and authors wishing to submit a query should include:

  • a one-page cover letter containing relevant autobiographical information about the author and the translator and a short description of the manuscript
  • a sample translation of approximately 20 pages (more is appreciated)
  • a list of the author's published works, if available
  • a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for reply, if submitted in hard copy

Because of the volume of submissions, we simply cannot respond to phone, fax, or email inquiries about the status of queries or manuscripts.

The status of your submission can be seen by logging in to your Submittable account.

Hard-copies of queries or submissions may be mailed to:
Editorial Department
Open Letter
University of Rochester
Dewey Hall 1-219, Box 278968
Rochester, NY 14627

Open Letter is a literary press that publishes ten books annually—mostly novels, but also collections of short stories, poetry, and literary essays. We only publish books in translation and do not publish children's or young adult literature, plays, self-help books, or how-to guides, etc.

Our editors are looking for contemporary literary fiction from around the world that is unique, distinctive, and that will have a significant impact on world literary conversation. It is strongly recommended that persons who intend to submit a query should familiarize themselves with Open Letter's publications before submitting. Translators and authors wishing to submit a query should include:

  • a one-page cover letter containing relevant autobiographical information about the author and the translator and a short description of the manuscript
  • a sample translation of approximately 20 pages (more is appreciated)
  • a list of the author's published works, if available

Because of the volume of submissions, we simply cannot respond to phone, fax, or email inquiries about the status of queries or manuscripts. For updates on the status of your submission, please consult your Submittable account.

Open Letter is a literary press that publishes ten books annually—mostly novels, but also one book of poetry every year.

Our poetry editor is looking for contemporary poetry from around the world that is unique, distinctive, and that will have a significant impact on world literary conversations. The poetry should engage with contemporary formalist poetic concerns (line, syntax, sound, etc.) while also pushing thematic boundaries.  

It is strongly recommended that submitters familiarize themselves with Open Letter's past poetry publications as well as the poetry posts on the Three Percent Blog before submitting. 

Translators and poets wishing to submit should include:

  • a one-page cover letter that includes a brief biography of the poet and the translator; a description of the manuscript; a description of translation difficulties posed by the particular poetry text; a list of the author's published works, if available; and poets writing in English who share stylistic similarities with the translated poet. 
  • a sample translation of at least 20 pages (more complete manuscripts are preferred, but not required)
  • Notifications will generally be sent in January and August, but submitters may hear throughout the year.

Because of the volume of submissions, we simply cannot respond to phone, fax, or email inquiries about the status of queries or manuscripts. For updates on the status of your submission, please consult your Submittable account.

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