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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.”

The OS reviews translation, hybrid texts, performance books, vispo, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, plays, rogue-academic and other genre-nonconforming project manuscripts year round. We are a queer run, actively feminist, radical press committed to social justice, as well as to bringing to print projects that may struggle to find a niche elsewhere. 

You should know that 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.)

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.

WEB:

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.

The Operating System is actively soliciting manuscripts to be published as part of our "Unsilenced Texts"  series.


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. 

We are specifically seeking dual-language translation or translingual projects, as well as archival / found / unknown / out of print projects in English. 

Our interest here is consistent with the rest of our catalog: we are open to any genre, as well as hybrid genre and scholarly work. Long fiction submissions are least in keeping with our interests, but if you feel a work of fiction in translation is strongly aligned with our mission, you are welcome to submit that as well.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the work in our catalog, in particular the work in translation. If you don't have any of our volumes, we ask that in good faith you consider purchasing a book to help offset our quickly growing costs! We are all volunteer run and have never charged for submissions in our history, but your help and support means a lot. Presses like ours our a community affair.

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. 

Check out our catalog here, where you can order any book at 20% off with a special code for submitters, "SUBMITTABLE," which you can enter at check out. There are also options below for you to order one of our books here at a discount directly via this submission -- please specify what book you choose in your cover letter if you select this option. Thank you! 

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!

Most importantly, we look forward to reading your work! 

With our best, 
ONWARD
The Operating System 

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 lynne@theoperatingsystem.org 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.
TEAM OS
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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!
ONWARD
The Operating System Team

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE CURRENTLY READING FOR  OUR  2019 CHAPBOOK SERIES. CHAPBOOKS ACCEPTED FOR PRINT PUBLICATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN SEPTEMBER 2018.

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Any and all submissions will be reviewed, but we are on a 3-6 month review delay due to the volume received. With rare exceptions (translation, performance volumes, etc.) we only publish short, chapbook length works as part of our chapbook series. If you are submitting a text or project that seems like it may be one of these exceptions, please make note of why.

Thank you for your interest and support! Please keep reading the below before submitting.
TEAM OS
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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. Underrepresented voices are in particular encouraged to apply.

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.

ABOUT OUR CHAPBOOKS:

We publish our 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, though POD distribution is available on a case by case basis.  

Our PRINT:DOCUMENT chapbook series, which started in 2013, was the origin of book publishing at the OS, and each year's group of poets constitutes a "cohort" of sorts, bringing together four creative practitioners to work together towards a cohesive series. Design and other considerations are made as a cohort working together with an OS editor / designer, and this group is now called to curate the OS's annual poetry month series, with each chapbook poet coordinating a week.

Chapbooks are consistent in size (6x7 for all series 2013-17, 6.5x6.5 for 2018 and beyond), and feature artwork/cover design that unifies the series, usually created for the series explicitly by founder Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and/or in tandem with collaborating artists. See previous chapbook series in our catalog here. If you are working with concrete text please be mindful of these constraints when submitting.

***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!
ONWARD
The Operating System Team

The OS PRESS invites you to contribute to a new project critically considering the role of the challenged body in creative life and practice, for a collected volume co-edited by Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and Jay Besemer.  Proceeds from sales of this volume will go to organizations supporting the intersection of disability and the arts. 


Our entire lives are lived in bodies, and yet in many ways we are forced to live and behave as though our bodies are secondary to an invented idea of a distinct and isolated, thought-driven "self", performing the illusion of that pernicious dialectic of mind-body separation so central to much of western philosophy, modern Judeo-Christian religion, and the sustenance of institutional norms and expectations.

Behind the curtain of creative practice, and behind the public face and story, the myth of the "artist," often deeply hidden for a variety of reasons, the body remains: the broken body, the body in pain, the body at the hospital again, the depressed body in the bed for weeks, the body that doesn't feel like it belongs to you, the shamed body, the dangerous body, the traumatized body. Sometimes, part of this body's story becomes our story, but as in Borges and I, the story often becomes unfamiliar, the version of your body one that becomes falsified and magnified, out of our control. 

So: we ask you. What is your body's story, and how have challenges to that body, and to that story, been central to the story of your creative practice? We want to see the work that came out of that consideration, and so, too, do we want to talk to you about your experience, so we can share our stories, and learn from each other -- and invite a casting off of stigma and shame. 

A deeply, deeply ableist culture is the source of so much of our fear and shame, so much of the self-erasure and silencing around these stories. For many of us who are already bioprecarious, deeply fearful about the job market, financial instability, with a lack of adequate healthcare, and lack of adequate interpersonal resources, to come forward with our body's story is often to risk destabilizing ourselves even further. We risk alienation, isolation, job loss, spiraling depression, and more, fears that may be very familiar to you. We may avoid treatment or lifestyle changes out of fear of stigma or isolation. 

The "challenged" body in the title could be read as the challenge of having a body, being challenged by the body, or ongoing challenge to the body.  The body's relationship to disability, disease, mental or physical illness, injury, trauma, addiction, pregnancy, medical complications, caretaking, aging, dysmorphia, gender transition, obesity, eating disorders, physical abuse, racial or gender bias around physical attributes or lack thereof -- these and more fall under this umbrella.

Before submitting note that contribution to this project for all participants will include: 

  • Submission of original creative material / production (diverse disciplines)            **Please note, because this is an anthology, this work CAN have been previously published, shown, or performed, provided you have the writes to the work. Attribution will be given.  It is possible to include multimedia on our website as an extension to the text.  >>>>> If you are a creative practitioner dealing with these issues but who doesn't have original completed material to submit, note that in your submission -- you are welcome to submit solely expository text about your experience and images or documentation from your creative practice (performance photos, etc). 
  • Completion and submission of expository writing / essay ON your experience of bodily challenge (either writing you've already done and/or in response to interview prompts we will provide that you can do in a Q&A format or free-write a response to) 
  • Not strictly required but ideal: process notes and ephemera, links & resources you have used in your healing, research, or creative process

If you are not interested in submitting writing you've already done about your experience or writing about your experience, then this is not the project for you.

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Please submit texts, visual work, composition, still images (or notations) of performance, dance, or other media that engage directly with the body and its challenges. We welcome prose, poetry, hybrid texts, comics, interviews, performance texts and documentation, etc. We are especially interested in work that avoids, complicates or transcends traditional narrative forms/modes.

Our suggested page limit is 10 for text submissions, with some wiggle room. This does NOT include your essay / process statement / Q&A or ephemera/images. Please accompany your submission with a cover letter including a brief bio and a “practice statement” that helps situate your work within the somatic conversation. If submitting non-text work, please include notes about the medium in which you're working.

Please contact lynne@theoperatingsystem.org and jay@theoperatingsystem.org with questions about this project. Put IN CORPORE SANO - SUBMISSIONS in the subject line. 

Some framing questions to consider:

Does your body have a presence in/relationship to your creative practice, specifically your creative processes?

Has the relationship of your body to your practice altered over a period of time (even a short period, or a sudden alteration) through the actions of age, illness, injury, childbearing, gender transition, or other bodily changes?

Has caretaking activity in relation to another’s bodily changes become important to your own creative practice, whether as subject or as frame?

Does your work reflect your somatic realities, whether overtly or subtly? Does the body inform the structure of your work, over or in addition to its content?

Some possible areas of interest: process diaries for body/illness/abledness-focused work; dis/ability understood broadly; gender transition as a field/form of creative transition; chronic illness vs. the market; the artist as canary or as designated patient (our illnesses as indicators/scapegoats for sickness of society); fat-phobia and the artist; Sontag’s “Illness as Metaphor” revisited in post-digital, post-Internet age; creative engagement with intersections of gender and illness (fibromyalgia, PTSD, endometriosis, "hysteria" and mental illness, anatomy-specific cancers/STDs, the medical infantilization of women i.e. visual and textual language of breast cancer awareness campaigns & the erasure of male breast cancer); living and creating with HIV in the 21st century; the intersection of creative practice to the habitual service to the body necessary in long term caretaking of another compromised or challenged body or bodies.


The Field Notes series is a place to share and reflect on your work — and life — with our creative community. Running continuously since our inception, this series offers creative practitioners from all disciplines an opportunity to take us behind the scenes. This can be approached in a vast variety of ways and in a multitude of forms: from the direct documentation of work, activity, production, place, conversation, etc., in text, photo, video, audio, etc. to a more involved process in which a practitioner opts to take the field notes themselves on AS a practice — creating singular or serial documentation of work-in-progress or a particular project over a period of time. Previous entries have included composers, scientists, visual artists, choreographers, poets, journalists, and more — sharing journal pages, recordings, sketches, interview notes, lists, photos,… nothing is inadmissable. We’re also interested in shining the light here on what it means to live a creative LIFE in the other, invisible hours — whether that means you’re a writer who spends his summers on an Alaskan Fishing Rig, or a neurobiologist discovering gold in the seeming jibberish of your journal pages.

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.