Galileo Books has two open reading periods in winter and summer which we hope will result in 1-4 selections. Here are a few imaginary boxes which we fill with checkmarks prior to accepting a manuscript:
a confident, appealing voice
vivid imagery and the balance of abstract to concrete imagery
the capacity to surprise
the elastic syntax, pace, and music
the thematic cohesiveness and the emotional range and maturity
deft handling of highly charged emotion
use of wit, humor, and self-implication
the choice and use of extended metaphor, skillfully juxtaposing the micro and the macro
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