Open Letter—the University of Rochester's nonprofit, literary translation press—is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers. Publishing ten titles in translation each year and running an online literary website called Three Percent, Open Letter searches for works that are extraordinary and influential, works that we hope will become the classics of tomorrow.

Making world literature available in English is crucial to opening our cultural borders, and its availability plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant book culture. Open Letter strives to cultivate an audience for these works by helping readers discover imaginative, stunning works of fiction and poetry and by creating a constellation of international writing that is engaging, stimulating, and enduring.


Open Letter
University of Rochester
Lattimore Hall 411, Box 270082
Rochester, NY 14627
tel: 585.319.0823
fax: 585.273.1097


Nathan Furl, Art & Operations Director
Jennifer Grotz, Poetry Editor
Chad W. Post, Publisher
Kaija Straumanis, Editorial Director


George Carroll, Publishers Representative, Redsides Publishing Services
Thomas DiPiero, Dean for Humanities & Interdisciplinary Studies, Univ. of Rochester
Fiona McCrae, Publisher, Graywolf Press
John Michael, Chair, Department of English, Univ. of Rochester
Joanna Olmsted, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Univ. of Rochester
Claudia Schaefer, Modern Languages & Cultures, Univ. of Rochester
Joanna Scott, Roswell S. Burrows Professor of English, Univ. of Rochester
Declan Spring, Senior Editor, New Directions


Along with generous support from individuals everywhere, Open Letter is grateful for the past and present support from the following organizations, foundations, agencies, and programs:

National Endowment for the Arts   |   New York State Council on the Arts   |   University of Rochester   |   Amazon.com   |   America for Bulgaria Foundation   |   Bókmenntasjóður: The Icelandic Literature Fund   |   Book Institute: The ©POLAND Translation Program   |   Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States   |   Dutch Foundation for Literature   |   Elizabeth Kostova Foundation   |   FACE (French American Cultural Exchange)   |   French Ministry of Foreign Affairs   |   Goethe-Institut (Germany)   |   Institute for Literary Translation (Russia)   |   Institut Ramon Llull: Catalan Language & Culture   |   Latvian Literature Centre   |   Ministry of Culture, Media & Informatic Society (Serbia)   |   Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia   |   State Cultural Capital Foundation


Orders can be placed with us at:

Or directly with our distributor at:
Longleaf Services, Inc.
116 S. Boundary Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8895

tel: (800) 848-6224
fax: (800) 272-6817
EDI: VAN: ICC / ID: 2033151ICC
Pubnet: SAN 203-3151


All other customer service matters for bookstores:
Longleaf Services, Inc.
116 S. Boundary Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8895
tel: (800) 848-6224
fax: (800) 272-6817


Returns should be addressed to:
Longleaf Services—Returns
c/o Maple Press Company
Lebanon Distribution Center
704 Legionaire Drive
Fredericksburg, PA 17026

Overstock Returns: 
Permission to return overstock is not required. Send books prepaid and carefully packed via traceable method. Returns must fulfill all conditions below.

Period of Eligibility for Overstock Returns: 
18 months from sale. Books must be clean, salable copies of titles without damage and currently in print as listed at the publisher's website.

Credit Allowed: 
Full credit allowed if customer supplies copy of original invoice or correct invoice number; otherwise maximum discount applies.

Such claims must be made within 30 days of invoice date.


Chad W. Post, Publisher


To apply, please send an email with the following information:

Name, position, school, department, mailing address, the book you'd like to receive, course title, and course starting date.



Open Letter is a literary press that publishes ten books annuallymostly novels, but also collections of short stories, poetry, and literary essays. We only publish books in translation and do not publish children's or young adult literature, plays, self-help books, or how-to guides, etc.

Our editors are looking for contemporary literary fiction from around the world that is unique, distinctive, and that will have a significant impact on world literary conversation. It is strongly recommended that persons who intend to submit a query should familiarize themselves with Open Letter's publications before submitting. Translators and authors wishing to submit a query should include:

  • a one-page cover letter containing relevant autobiographical information about the author and the translator and a short description of the manuscript;
  • a sample translation of approximately 20 pages (more is appreciated)
  • a list of the author's published works, if available; and
  • a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for reply.

We cannot take submissions of any kind by fax, and we do not accept disks. Because of the volume of submissions, we simply cannot respond to phone, fax, or email inquiries about the status of queries or manuscripts.

Queries may be mailed to:
Editorial Department
Open Letter
University of Rochester
Lattimore Hall 411, Box 270082
Rochester, NY 14627

Or emailed to: