We are now open for Digital Chapbooks/Pod Pamphlets 2020. Any and all submissions will be reviewed. The 2020 Chapbook cohort will be announced in December and will be rolled out monthly from January.
Thank you for your interest and support! Please keep reading the below before submitting.
Bloom. Mutation. Entropy. Catalyst. Brine.
Our call for submissions for 2020 Digital Chapbooks revolves around a series of interlocking questions: How queer is climate change? What mutating futurities are possible in writings of the diaspora? How do we imagine evolving micro/macro/plant-based/insect-like scales of environmental disturbance? How salty is survival? What kind of archive is the ocean? What will become of history under water? We invite writers to submit works that speak to our ecological moment, apprehend change, reaction, and action in networked and local ways, and explore the multiple and the contingent.
We welcome interdisciplinary collaborations, translations, transcreations, hybrid works, prose, poetry, and creative essays up to 44 pages. QPOC, multilingual, disabled, island-based and/or migrant writers are encouraged to submit.
Submissions close October 1, 2020.
***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!