If you’re wondering if THE OS PRESS is right for you, consider this: our previous and forthcoming authors have ranged in age from 20 to 80. For many, this is their first book.
We are interested in supporting those who are interested in supporting each other and the community — we care less about your pedigree and more about your energy. And most of all we care about your voice: that it is uniquely yours.
We will never publish derivative, standard issue work — we’d rather take a risk on an unknown than publish more of the same from a star.
We understand the creative impulse as a political and social action, and publishing as a tool in a larger fight to directly circumvent the top-down writing of history. Ideally, you are already engaged in your work in a way that understands this — or you’d like to be.
We believe it is a privilege and a joy to enter into this process with you – and you will always retain rights to your material. However, we are committed to releasing the fear of a scarcity economy, and publish under a creative commons license that encourages educational and other non commercial sharing. We support the establishment of new protocol that work for the creative community, and support our growth – not those that stifle and teach fear, under the apparent flag of “protection.”
As part of our commitment to transparency, we provide detailed Author Resources outlining our standard project terms and the answers to many FAQ's on our website. If you're considering whether publishing with the OS is right for you, it's a great idea to read this over before submitting.
All of our print volumes to date are available here, directly via The Operating System. Most are printed by an independent, family owned and operated printer, Spencer Printing, in Honesdale, PA., as well as at bookstores and online via a hybrid distribution model using both Small Press Distribution and Ingram.
The Operating System is always in the process of resilient reinvention. This platform was designed as a hub for forwardthinking, proactive creators — individuals and groups who wish to become more than the sum of our parts, together.
Current webcontent streams of production derive from all corners of The OS’s geographic and virtual community landscape – here, collaborators, partners and contributors have an always available opportunity for online publication and dialogue, whether in a sustained fashion or in a single post.
You will find here ongoing web series to which unsolicited submissions are accepted, but if you have an idea for cross-pollination or would like to have The OS host an ongoing new series in text or other media, please email us.
GLOSSARIUM: UNSILENCED TEXTS AND MODERN TRANSLATIONS was established in early 2016 in an effort to recover silenced voices outside and beyond the familiar poetic canon, seeking out and publishing both contemporary translations and little known (and unknown) out of print texts, in particular those under siege by restrictive regimes and silencing practices in their home (or adoptive) countries.
The term “Glossarium” derives from latin/greek and is defined as “a collection of glosses or explanations of words, especially of words not in general use, as those of a dialect, locality or an art or science, or of particular words used by an old or a foreign author.” The series is curated by Managing Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, assisted by Stephen Ross and Ariel Resnikoff, as well as with the help of a wide range of global allies and friends.
PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE ANNOUNCED OUR 2019 CATALOG, and are reading for 2020. It is unlikely that we will announce additional publications for 2019, with the exception of translations, Kin(d) texts and projects, and experimental art/collab/performance projects.
If you have a collaborative, interdisciplinary or performance volume that you are submitting SPECIFICALLY to The OS that you cannot see existing on another press, OR if you / your organization want to work on developing a particular project collaboratively with Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, creative director, or our staff, please send an email to email@example.com in addition to submitting here.
Any and all submissions will be reviewed, but we are on a 3-6 month review delay due to the volume received, and do know that the earliest possible publication of your volume would be 2020 with extraordinarily rare exception as explained above.
Thank you for your interest and support! Please keep reading the below before submitting.
THE OS PRESS reviews poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, plays, rogue-academic and other genre-nonconforming project manuscripts year round. We are a queer run, actively feminist, radical organization committed to social justice, as well as to bringing to print projects that may struggle to find a niche elsewhere.
Our intentions are primarily archive-driven: writing into the history and securing into the ontology the existence / persistence of avant-garde, experimental, radical voices and practices that might otherwise fade into invisibility / obscurity.
(Which is to say: if you're here with a straightforward book of fiction, we congratulate you on your accomplishment, but be aware that your work is the least likely to be considered.)
We publish full lengths all year round, as well as a 4-volume PRINT:DOCUMENT chapbook series each spring, which all chapbook submissions will be considered for. Our chapbook series is limited edition and not distributed via SPD. Please submit directly to our chapbook series for shorter projects, and familiarize yourself with how that series works before you do!
Underrepresented voices are in particular encouraged to apply.
***READ and FOLLOW these guidelines when sending us work:***
Please be familiar with The Operating System before sending anything. In your cover letter, tell us why your book is a good fit for the OS! You might mention what other OS books you have read, or other OS projects you've contributed to online or off. How do you imagine your work will fit in with other books in our catalog? We are best able to work with submissions that clearly demonstrate an awareness of what we're about.
MISSION / ETHICS COMPLIANCE: We reserve the right to roundly reject any and all submissions that contain misogynistic, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, ableist, or other hateful content. If your work contains any potentially offensive or triggering content, but you believe it is still appropriate for the OS, please include a trigger warning in your cover letter.
TRANSPARENCY CHECK-IN: Publishing is a labor of love. We have never since our inception charged for manuscript review, but if in good faith you'd consider supporting our all volunteer labor by buying a book, you'll find options for book / chapbook / series purchase below. You can also buy directly from the OS online store and use a special 20% discount for submitters, with the code "SUBMITTABLE" at checkout. Please specify what book you choose in your cover letter if you order directly through submittable!
TERMS and CONTRACTS: as part of our commitment to transparency, we keep public the basic terms of our contracts, and help you see behind the curtain into how our agile, shoestring model operates. Because we don't charge fees and don't have institutional or major philanthropic support, a publishing agreement with the OS is a collaborative venture with fellow artists / poets focused on making a beautiful object, getting it into the archive, and into hands -- not a ticket to remunerative success, most likely. Please be familiar and comfortable with our terms!
Thank you and keep writing!
The Operating System Team
Beginning 2018 at the Operating System, there will be several online features and series run by our new Contributing Editors. The Experimental Speculative Poetics series, spearheaded by Kenyatta JP García, will be focused on new approaches to speculative poetry as speculative poetry is arguably one of the oldest forms of poetry. I mean, you telling me, Gilgamesh isn’t spec po?
So, what are we looking for? Ex-Spec Po. We're interested in seeing speculative poetry but with a more experimental twist. We want sci-fi, fantasy, Afro-futurism, magical realism, retro-futures, weird westerns, paranormal, supernatural, superhero, fairy tales, Southern and Ethnic Gothic imaginings but with a fresher take. We'd like postmodernist and meta-modernists approaches to the weird. Dada and surrealism, oulipo, uncreative writing, erasures, really push the boundaries of innovation while wandering through many realms and dimensions of the often unexplainable. Let’s see how can a poet apply hyperrealism to the speculative? Is there a post-conceptual way to take on such imaginary narratives? Is there a way to bring speculative poetry and the post-avant-garde worlds together? We sure hope so.
"Poetics" is understood broadly here. Prose form? Sure. Research driven? Sure. Hybrid? Fantastic. We are open to multimedia, as well. If you have any questions about your work, let us know.
Submit 1-3 pages of work as a PDF or .doc file, .jpg or .png for images. got questions? Email us.
We'd also like you to tell us about your work in this area and what it means to you -- the OS is always interested in the back-end of the code.
FYI: We are a queer run, actively feminist, radical organization committed to social justice, as well as to bringing to print projects that may struggle to find a niche elsewhere. We reserve the right to roundly reject any and all submissions that contain misogynistic, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, ableist, or other hateful content. If your work contains any potentially offensive or triggering content, but you believe it is still appropriate for the OS, please include a trigger warning in your cover letter.
[RE:CON]VERSATIONS, as its name might suggests, seeks to create value in doing “recon” in conversation form around the production of otherwise ephemeral creative production. How can we, in our role as auto-archivist-ontologist-documentarians, leave a trail for ourselves and for others that exceeds and extends the value of a performance, exhibit, lecture, reading, or other event?
This is a space for solo or collaborative interview, conversation, annotation, reflection, or other expository exploration of the research, development, production, (etc) aspects of the creative process. It is our belief that to “open source” conversations of this type is to create a rich resource of histories within which we may locate our own practice / intentions / ideas and plans, get inspired and gain insights into our craft and community.