The Short Publishing Genius Story

Believing in literature’s practical ability to create sympathy and therefore a better world, Publishing Genius exists to make the best books by devoted members of the global literary community, and to make them in the most interesting and progressive ways.

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Having published dozens of books of poetry and literary fiction, the press and the writing it champions has received numerous awards, been optioned for the screen, translated, and anthologized. PGP has been praised for its literary innovations in magazines from Publishers Weekly to The Believer to

The small press was founded as a broadside project in 2006. The Baltimore City Paper named it Best Publishing House in 2009 and 2013. In 2011, Publishing Genius moved into its first office. In 2014 the office moved to Atlanta. Guests are welcome to come over for a cup of coffee or iced tea and have a chat. Email to make an appointment!

Please visit our Press/Media page, or read a concise history of the press at our Tumblr. And here’s our famously obtuse mission statement, and here’s our page at Poets & Writers.


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What’s next? Who knows! Adam has spent the last five years as a publishing consultant, helping writers and businesses achieve their goals and dreams with their own books. You can find out more about that project at GBD is completely separate from PGP, but the work allows Adam to find out more and more about the publishing world, and naturally Publishing Genius will be informed and motivated by those new new frontiers.



Book submissions closed for the year on June 30. Read this post for info on the 2016 guidelines.

I expect we will accept one book of poetry, one novel or short story collection, and maybe one other thing. Check out our catalog to find out what kind of books we publish.

Our Related Projects

Everyday Genius was the online journal from PGP that ran from 2009 till 2015. After almost six inspiring years, we “pivoted” from a venue that features original fiction and poetry to Real Pants, a group blog that is focused on “Literature and the New Literary Community.”

The Chris Toll Prize was founded in 2013, and memorializes our friend and mentor, Chris Toll (d. 2012), by publishing one chapbook a year in his honor. Submissions for this are accepted in June.

On July 1, 2015 we launched Ebook Flights, our series for longer short work, which is available for ebook only. The first flight features fantastic fiction by Gabe Durham, Lily Hoang, and Bob Schofield.

Starting in 2015, Publishing Genius will be partnering with Green Mountains Review, the literary journal of Johnson State College, on a contest for new books of fiction and poetry.


Founding Editor: Adam Robinson (email:
Mktg & Pub: Sarah Jean Alexander (email:

Real Pants Executive Editor: Amy McDaniel (email:

Ebook Flights Managing Director: Nick Sweeney

Green Mountains Review Contest Director: Jensen Beach

Chris Toll Prize Committee:

Michael Kimball penned our tagline, “Bigger. Faster. Reader.”


Bulk Orders

Publishing Genius Books are distributed to the trade by Small Press Distribution. Click here for more info.

For bulk orders, including discount and return policies, contact

To contact PGP by mail, please write:

Adam Robinson
421 Second Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

You may also use the contact form below.

Do not mail, email, or use the contact form for submissions. Instead, view the guidelines.

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Check out this sweet trailer for Edward Mullany’s trilogy-ending trilogy, The Three Sunrises. 

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