Announcing the Updated Submission Guidelines

Recently, as Ooligan’s acquisitions managers, we reviewed the press’s Mission Statement, Submission Guidelines, and Our Interests information and have decided to make some changes. While our press’s vision and commitment to publishing diverse works from the Pacific Northwest has stayed the same, we believe that these changes will broaden that goal.

Though updating the language factored into the majority of the changes, one of the largest changes we made was to remove the restriction on genre fiction. Some of the best authors from the Pacific Northwest write genre fiction—Octavia Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin are two great examples of this. We recognize that literary writing and genre fiction are not mutually exclusive, and that they both can open up avenues to talk about important subjects.

So without further ado, here are our updated submission guidelines:

Mission Statement

Ooligan Press is a general trade publisher with national distribution rooted in the rich literary tradition of the Pacific Northwest, a region that is widely recognized for its unique and innovative sensibilities and its wealth of culture. Ooligan Press aspires to discover works that reflect the values, attitudes, and experiences that inspire so many to call the Northwest their home.

Submission Guidelines

We invite you to submit the following:

  • Literary fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Young adult fiction
  • Books about the craft and teaching of writing, publishing, and book production
  • Books on sustainable practices

Please note that we will not consider the following:

  • Poetry
  • Children’s picture and middle grade books
  • Religious books
  • Self-help books

For incomplete fiction, nonfiction, and comics manuscripts, or for development inquiries, contact outreach@ooliganpress.pdx.edu.

Our Interests

We seek to publish regionally significant works of literary, historical, and social value to the Pacific Northwest.

We recognize the importance of comprehensive representation and diversity, particularly within the publishing industry, and are committed to building a literary community that includes traditionally underserved voices; therefore, we encourage works originating from, or focusing on, the experiences that come from these people and communities within the Pacific Northwest.

Additionally, our press is concerned with sustainability and the future of the publishing industry’s impact on the planet. Our OpenBook series represents our pledge to transparency in sustainable book production. By focusing on responsible and efficient printing methods, the titles in our OpenBook series are published with minimal environmental impact. We welcome work that examines and engages these issues.

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