In addition, VAO Publishing is interested in releasing a small number of titles from local authors every year. There isn't a specific genre that we want to promote more than any other: we simply want to provide a venue for the expression of local writers with a compelling story and voice.
If you are interested in having us consider your work, you should first submit a pitch (a short description of the story you want to tell).
If the idea strikes a chord with our editorial staff, we'll request the first five chapters (or an equivalent percentage of the overall text). We may then decide your book is a good fit (or we may request the remainder of your manuscript before making a decision).
Please do not submit chapters without an invitation to do so. Any such unrequested submission will be deleted.
We are seeking submissions for a collection of the best Latino/a fiction that both celebrates and complicates the American pastime tentatively entitled Arriba Baseball!: A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction.
“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America,” wrote historian Jacques Barzun, “had better learn baseball.” The first of its kind, Arriba Baseball!: an Anthology of Latino/a Baseball Fiction seeks to challenge established paradigms within literary baseball fiction, a genre traditionally sustained by works from predominantly white, male authors (such as Bernard Malamud, Lamar Herrin, Eric Rolfe Greenberg, and W.P. Kinsella), and one which has historically excluded the Latino/a voice and other writers of color.
We invite such fiction (up to 5,000 words) concerning the game of baseball which challenges any and all exclusionary ideologies that have historically delimited the sport, and that meditates on the Latino/a contributions and experiences both on and off the field of play. While climactic homeruns and strikeouts are okay, we prefer scoreboards but upside down. We also invite works that confront any of the issues surrounding baseball today, such as (but not limited to) the use of performance-enhancing drugs, queer and feminine performativity in baseball, the globalization of the sport, and baseball’s legacies of white privilege, racism, and male exclusivity in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other countries throughout Latin America where the game continues to flourish.
All fiction must be previously unpublished and of literary quality. Translations and works in Spanish will also be considered. We particularly encourage fiction from Latina and LGBT authors.