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About Booth: “The Booth editors seem to have a knack for attracting and selecting pieces that get right into my marrow, fill my bones full with breathing and want.” –Vouched Books.

Contact Information:

Editor: Robert Stapleton

Department of English, Butler University

4600 Sunset Ave

Indianapolis, IN  46208

Phone: (317) 940-8501



Submission Information:

Formats: print, online Genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics

Simultaneous submissions: yes (with notice) Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 9/1-3/31 Response time: 3 months Payment: no Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: forthcoming Founded: 2009 Issues per year: 1 online title/week, 2 print collections/year Copy price: $8 Average pages: 145 Subscription (1 year): $12

Publisher’s description: Booth was founded in 2008 as an offshoot of the Butler University MFA program and currently publishes fresh literature every Friday on its website. In addition, Booth offers up two quality paperback issues a year (December and May) that are visually arresting. Booth embraces great storytelling, distinctive voices, both classic and inventive forms, gravity + comedy, grim reapers and grand weepers, and anything carried by a rich sense of story and heart.

Booth offers up the work of both celebrated and emerging writers. Past contributors include Jonathan Lethem, Jane Hamilton, George Saunders, Nick Flynn, Roxane Gay, Kim Addnizio, Michael Martone, Charles Simic, Ethel Rohan, Robin Black, Richard Rodriguez, Alicia Erian, Ryan Boudinot, and more. Every January Booth invites submissions for a writing contest. Previous rounds have included a Chapter One contest(Final Judge: Richard Russo) and Poetry contest(Final Judge: Linda Gregg).

“Its creative lightheartedness makes it a welcome addition to the crowded ranks of literary magazines, so many of which tend to dwell on the more depressing aspects of life. Booth provides a lot of bang. It’s certainly worth adding to contemporary American literature collections.” -Library Journal

Recent Issues:

Booth celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2014 by publishing its first Short Fiction issue (6, 2014). Included is Lenore Myka’s “Real Family,” the winner of the 2013 Booth Story Prize, along with Annie Bilancini’s “Little Miss Bird-in-Hand,” the runner-up. Roxane Gay served as the final judge for this gig. Also offered inside Booth 6 is a long comic from Nick St. John, Edmundo Paz Soldán translations by Kirk Nesset, and stories short and long from Randa Jarrar, Doug Ramspeck, Jennifer A. Howard + more. Nick Francis Potter illustrations pepper this issue, and the cover art is courtesy of Josh Keyes.

This issue (5, 2013) debuts our new craft column, “How I Write,” with short essays from Chris Offutt, Kim Addonizio, Pam Houston, Matt Bell, and more. We’ve also got fiction from Claire Vaye Watkins, Lee Martin, Michael Martone, and Teresa Milbrodt, as well as poetry from Micah Ling, Charles Harper Webb, and Suzanne Richardson. Two craft interviews this time around: Chuck Klosterman and Charles Simic. Booth 5 is the second of two print issues this year that prize graphic design and designers. Kevin Cyr’s “Fillmore” graces the front and back covers, while Kelly Clancy provides the art and comics throughout.

Booth 4 (in print) highlights our 2012 Poetry Prize winner, Aubrey Ryan. John McNally offers up a new Ralph story. In our featured interview, Joe Blair talks craft and inspiration. We continue our Winesburg, Indana, series with new fiction from Roxane Gay, Michael Martone, and Erin McGraw. Comics and art throughout showcase the irreverent humor of Dustin Harbin. New fiction and poetry from Kevin Wilson, Kelcey Parker, Victoria Bosch Murray, J. A. Tyler, and more.


last updated 04/15/2014