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 whenever possible 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.”
All of our print volumes to date are available here, and all future titles will be distributed through Brooklyn Arts Press via Small Press Distribution.
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.
[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.
2017 will be the 6th year of our wildly popular poetry month series, an annual celebration which runs every day during April and hosts a poet** talking about another poet’s influence on their life and work. We’ve had a handful of return contributors but each entry highlights a unique poet — which means that we have an archive of 151 essays on a wide variety of poets and their influence on others in the creative community by the end of the 2016 series (yes, 151...we had a bonus this year)!
You can find all previous entries, in reverse chronological order, here.
Do take a look at these to get an idea of the stylistic diversity within the series, as well as to look over past subjects as we do not allow repeats of poets who've already been written on. (No worries though if you can't read them all, or don't want to scroll through to look for your choice! you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask if someone's been written on).
(**FYI: the series is also open to non-poets writing on poetic influence on their practice!)
Underrepresented voices are in particular encouraged to apply.
IMPORTANT for 2016 and beyond: We do not charge a reading fee, but please be aware that we ourselves are not paid, nor do we pay others to read submissions! For this reason we ask writers to 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. 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. We are not able to guarantee consideration of bulk-submitted manuscripts.
Thank you and keep writing!