About The Conium Review & Conium Press

Conium publishes innovative writing. We lean toward unconventional plots, bizarre settings, and experimental language. Get weird with it.

We are especially interested in work from women, LGBTQIA authors, writers of color, and writers with disabilities. We have previously worked with Submission Bombers and other groups to encourage submissions from marginalized writers.

The Conium Review is distributed through the Ingram Book Group. Stock and availability changes regularly, but we’re often shelved at independent bookstores, including Powell’s Books, Elliott Bay Book Company, Quimby’s Bookstore, and Skylight Books. Additionally, we donate a portion of every print-run to charities like Open Books and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

Conium Press publishes one to three standalone titles per year. Each year’s publishing decisions are determined based on available budget and editorial workload. We think books should take risks, and we like gravitate toward titles that might get overlooked elsewhere. Our most recent book is Mariana Samuda’s Five Places You Meet Fifteen-Year-Old You.

We also publish flash fiction and marginalia through The Conium Review Online Compendium (i.e. our blog with a pretentious-sounding name). Work from the site has been selected for the Queen’s Ferry Press Best Small Fictions anthology, placed in the Vestal Review Award, long-listed for the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, and selected for the Ploughshares “Best Short Story” feature.

If you have questions about our small press, please e-mail coniumreview@gmail.com

Praise for The Conium Review:

  • The Conium Review . . . is raising a unique voice.  And it is one that’s worth listening to.” —Prick of the Spindle
  • ” . . . tension, mystery, good old-fashioned action pulled off with clarity and skill, and the occasional bombshell of a metaphor.  I found myself constantly itching to find out what was going to happen next . . . ” —NewPages.com
  • ” . . . we’re bearing witness to the bizarre, but it’s not just bizarre for the sake of bizarre.  It’s a brand of bizarre that offers insight into the human condition.” —Small Press Reviews
  • ” . . . strange and unfamiliar, all while keeping us grounded in a seemingly ‘familiar’ world . . . a mixture of the strange and new.” —Stone Highway Review
  • “Whether the plot is deft, or deliciously lengthy, each story in [The Conium Review] provides remarkable characters, and situations to grapple with. A reader will be entertained and satisfied with the variety of storytelling while the writer will be encouraged and hopefully inspired.” —The Review Review

Interviews With Our Editors:

  • Duotrope’s Digest interview with several members of our editorial staff.
  • The Grub Daily micro-interview with our managing editor for Grub Street’s annual “The Muse and The Marketplace” conference.