Galileo Books has two open reading periods in January and June 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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