The Publishing Genius Short Story
Publishing Genius aims to make the best books by devoted members of the global literary community, and to make them in the most interesting and progressive ways. That’s because we think literature can—and does—change the world.
Having published dozens of books of poetry and literary fiction, Publishing Genius 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 Flavorwire.com.
Initially founded in 2006 by Adam Robinson, as a broadside project, 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, and in 2022 we settled in Westport, NY—the Champlain Valley area of the Adirondack Park.
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From the “Concise History”
I started Publishing Genius in 2006 as a class project for my MFA. I went to University of Baltimore, where the program is focused not just on writing, but also on publishing as a creative endeavor.
In response to an assignment, I teamed up with a classmate to publish poetry on telephone poles and bus stops and in grocery carts and under windshield wipers. We droplifted poems into books at Barnes & Noble. That sort of thing …
Poets & Writers picked up the concept and wrote about it in a long feature, here.
Our Related Projects
- The Art of Everyone was our blog and quarterly journal until 2022.
- 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” was active from 2015 – 2017. There’s still a lot of great writing there!
- 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.