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, directly via The Operating System. They are printed by an independent, family owned and operated printer, Spencer Printing, in Honesdale, PA., as well as at bookstores and online 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.

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.

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.

We look forward to reading your work! 

With our best, 
The Operating System 

If you have a project, in particular a collaborative or performance volume, that you are submitting SPECIFICALLY to The OS or want to work on developing with Lynne or our staff, please send an email to in addition to submitting here.

Any and all submissions will be reviewed, but we are on a 3-6 month delay due to the volume received, and do know that the earliest possible publication of your volume would be 2018.

Thank you for your interest and support!

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 press 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 grade, 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, and a 4-volume PRINT:DOCUMENT chapbook series each spring, which all chapbook submissions will be considered for.  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. 

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.

Thank you and keep writing!
The Operating System Team

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.

[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.