Getting to Know Our Presses

By Ola Faleti on Thursday, June 23, 2016

One great thing about being a part of CWIP is the ample opportunities to learn about the vast arena of publishing in Chicago. Lucky for us, this city has a plethora of different publishers and publishing houses. Why not familiarize yourself with a few of them?

Featherproof Books
Featherproof Books was founded in 2005 and is "dedicated to the small-press ideals of finding fresh, urban voices ignored by the conglomerates." Their catalog includes a variety of fiction, nonfiction,and poetry. Featherproof editors publish plenty of Chicago and non-Chicago writers. If you're looking to submit to them, check their website or email an editor to learn more about their submission period.

University of Chicago Press
Founded in 1890 and housed in Hyde Park, University of Chicago Press highlights works that promote
"education, foster[s] public understanding and enrich[es] cultural life." A brief glance through UCP's catalog makes this apparent. UCP is the biggest university press in the country, with both a Journal and Books division. Unsurprisingly, UCP publishes authors from all over the country and the world. Be sure to consult the website's contact page for any further information on publishing or employment opportunities.

Curbside Splendor
Curbside Splendor is an indie publishing company that was founded in 2009 and is located in Humboldt Park. This small but mighty press publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Additionally, Curbside Splendor hosts an annual novella writing contest and publishes a monthly e-zine on their website. Take a look at the "About" page on their website for any submission or general info inquiries.

Northwestern University Press
Northwestern University Press is located in Evanston, just north of the city. Like UCP, NUP publishes scholarly works as well as fiction, drama, nonfiction, and poetry. While NUP isn't as large as UCP, it's nonetheless been committed to promoting a diverse array of literature since 1893. NUP's imprint, TriQuarterly Press, mostly publishes fiction and poetry. For any general questions/submission guidelines, check out the "Contact" tab on their website.

Dancing Girl Press
Dancing Girl Press is an indie press and design studio founded in 2004 that is situated in the South Loop. Unlike the other presses listed, DGP also sells art prints, apothecary items, and home goods. DGP may be a great option for emerging writers seeking publication, or those who appreciate the intimacy and craft of a handmade chapbook. DGP's annual chapbook series, in particular, seeks to highlight women writers. For more info, check out their website.

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