Augury Books

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Augury Books is an independent press based in New York City. Committed to publishing innovative work from emerging and established writers, Augury Books seeks to reaffirm the diversity of the reading public. The editorial board is dedicated to fairness and quality of work.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kate Angus
fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Representative Authors
Frances Justine Post, Halina Duraj, Maureen Alsop
Submissions Policy
We accept full-length poetry manuscripts, short story collections, and creative nonfiction collections during our open reading period via Submittable. We read query letters throughout the rest of the year.
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Varies 5 / 1 - 6 / 30
Reporting Time
1 - 3 months
Author Payments
cash, copies
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Kate Angus
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I co-founded the press in 2010.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Our editorial board consists of two people. We divide out our tasks fairly evenly. We also have a rotating staff of interns.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Keep it simple and don't tell us what the book is supposed to be doing: let us discover that for ourselves when we read.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
The interns and I read everything submitted to us and choose finalists/semi-finalists. Those manuscripts are then read by the rest of the editorial board and discussed as a group.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Intelligence, emotion, associative imagery, some sort of surprise, sharpness.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Start sending your work out! It can be scary to send your manuscript out into the world, but how else will you find an audience? And remember that whether or not it's published is not actually a judgement of its artistic merit (though I know it can f
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
The reader who already loves reading. The reader who wasn't sure if they loved reading or not but sudden has just fallen in love with the first of many beloved books.