BISAC Subject Headings List

Use the information provided here to determine the specific codes that describe your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a new heading for the current year’s edition. Not sure how to select your code? Check out our FAQ.

If you can't find the code you're looking for after reviewing all the pages below, we recommend you use whatever codes currently best represent your book. If you want to suggest a new code for future BISAC additions, you can submit a suggestion here.

To download and incorporate this list into your databases and systems, you’ll need to purchase an End Users' License Agreement



Use subjects in this section only for dramatic works written for the stage. Subjects may be used alone (for individual works or collections by one author) or with "DRAMA / Anthologies (multiple authors)".

Critical works should be assigned "LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama" and any other subjects needed in the LITERARY CRITICISMsection (and should not be assigned any subjects in the DRAMA section). Note the existence of the subheading "Shakespeare" in both the DRAMA and LITERARY CRITICISM sections.

Use subjects beginning with "PERFORMING ARTS / Theater" for works on drama as performed on the stage and use "PERFORMING ARTS / Screenplays" for dramatic works written for film or television.

Subjects with a place or group of people, e.g., "DRAMA / American / Hispanic & Latino" or "DRAMA / Canadian" are intended for works written by authors commonly identified as being from the country or region specified. They are not meant to indicate the setting or language (original or translated) of a work. For multinational authors, or authors not associated with the country in which they were born, use your discretion in deciding which location the author is most commonly identified with.


DRA000000   DRAMA / General

DRA011000   DRAMA / African

DRA001000   DRAMA / American / General

DRA001010   DRAMA / American / African American & Black

DRA001020   DRAMA / American / Asian & Pacific Islander *

DRA001030   DRAMA / American / Hispanic & Latino *

DRA006000   DRAMA / Ancient & Classical

DRA002000   DRAMA / Anthologies (multiple authors)

DRA005000   DRAMA / Asian / General

DRA005010   DRAMA / Asian / Japanese

DRA012000   DRAMA / Australian & Oceanian

                                  DRAMA / Authorship & Technique see PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting

DRA013000   DRAMA / Canadian

DRA014000   DRAMA / Caribbean & Latin American

DRA021000   DRAMA / Contemporary *

DRA004000   DRAMA / European / General

DRA004050   DRAMA / European / Eastern

DRA003000   DRAMA / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

DRA004010   DRAMA / European / French

DRA004020   DRAMA / European / German

DRA004030   DRAMA / European / Italian

DRA004040   DRAMA / European / Spanish & Portuguese

                                   DRAMA / History & Criticism see LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama

DRA020000   DRAMA / Indigenous

DRA022000   DRAMA / Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island *

DRA028000   DRAMA / Jewish *

DRA017000   DRAMA / LGBTQ+

DRA018000   DRAMA / Medieval

DRA015000   DRAMA / Middle Eastern

                               DRAMA / Monologues see PERFORMING ARTS / Monologues & Scenes

DRA023000   DRAMA / Native American *

DRA016000   DRAMA / Russian & Soviet

DRA010000   DRAMA / Shakespeare

DRA024000   DRAMA / Type / Comedy *

DRA025000   DRAMA / Type / Historical *

DRA008000   DRAMA / Type / Religious & Liturgical

DRA026000   DRAMA / Type / Tragedy *

DRA027000   DRAMA / Type / Tragicomedy *

DRA019000   DRAMA / Women Authors


If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

© 2023, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of these lists or any attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.