I’ve had a wonderful time over the last few weeks promoting My Last Continent, including a reading and signing at New York’s fabulous Shakespeare & Co. on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
One of the fun things about this bookstore is its Writers’ Corner, which offers myriad services for writers via its Espresso Book Machine. The EBM is also great for readers: Many publishers’ backlist titles, including all Ashland Creek Press titles, are available on demand via this technology.
The Espresso Book Machine has come a long way … just a few years ago, it took more than twenty minutes to print out an on-demand title; now, you can have a book printed in just five minutes, says Françoise Brodsky, Director of Community at Shakespeare & Co. Check out the store’s author services for more information.
My travels also took me to Powell’s City of Books, which also has an Espresso Book Machine available to readers and writers.
Click here to learn about Powell’s EBM services. Not only can you publish your own work, but within minutes you can access print-on-demand titles from small presses, out-of-print titles, and Big Five backlist titles.
We love print-on-demand because as an environmental press, we feel it’s important to save as many resources as we can — which is one of the major reasons we print books only as readers need them. We’re delighted to see that the Espresso Book Machine is offering booksellers the opportunity to save more resources by avoiding shipping and by printing titles directly in the store. We hope you’ll check out Shakespeare & Co. and Powell’s, and help support all that they do!
Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting nonfiction submissions for a new anthology, Writing for Animals: An anthology for writers and instructors to educate and inspire.
From Franz Kafka’s Report to the Academy to Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, animals have played a central role in literature. Increasingly, writers are playing a central role in advancing awareness of animal issues through the written word.
And yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals—from crafting point of view to voice. Writers who hope to raise awareness face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. We hope to address these issues and more with a new collection of articles, by writers and for writers—but most of all, for the animals.
We seek articles from authors and educators about the process of writing about animals in literature.* Our focus is on including a mix of instructional and inspirational articles to help readers not only improve their work but be inspired to keep at it. Articles may be previously published and should not exceed 10,000 words.
There is no deadline at this time; we will accept submissions on a rolling basis until further notice. Accepted submissions will receive a stipend of $100 plus a copy of the finished book upon publication.
*Please note that this is a collection of instructional articles about the craft of writing. We will NOT be publishing animal stories or personal essays, only articles that deal specifically with the art and craft of writing about animals.
Areas of interest include:
- Anthropomorphism and writing from the animal’s point of view
- The rethinking of animal-centric idioms (such as “fish out of water” or “kill two birds with one stone”)
- How to elevate animals from “set pieces” to “characters” in your writing
- How to address violence toward animals
- Animal rescue themes
- Animals and “personhood”
- The “animal turn” and what it means for animal-centric literature
- Animals in children’s literature
For all submissions, please include (in a single document) the entire essay and an author bio listing all publishing credits, awards, and experience. Include a valid e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number.
And, just to be clear, we are not looking for essays about animals. We are looking for articles about writing about animals.
All submissions must be made using Submittable.
Last year, I began a blog series called Cat Editors, after noticing that I am not the only writer with a feline companion who is always in the middle of the writing action. (Below is my editor and our General Manager, Theo.)
Several of our beloved Ashland Creek Press authors also have cat editors — among them Mindy Mejia, author of The Dragon Keeper and the mystery novel EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE, forthcoming this November from Emily Bestler Books; and Jean Ryan, author of the story collection Survival Skills.
Click here to learn more about Mindy and and her hardworking editor Dusty:
And click here to learn more about Jean and her devoted editor Tango:
And, if you’re a writer with a cat editor in your life and you’d like to share the joy, feel free to send me a note!
We are delighted to announce Jennifer Boyden has won the 2015 Siskiyou Prize for her novel THE CHIEF OF RALLY TREE.
Of THE CHIEF OF RALLY TREE, judge Ann Pancake writes: “Inventive, smart, and often hilariously funny, The Chief of Rally Tree delivers a social critique both searing and sly.”
Jennifer Boyden is the author of two books of poetry, The Declarable Future (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), winner of The Four Lakes Prize in Poetry; and The Mouths of Grazing Things (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), winner of The Brittingham Prize in Poetry. She is a recipient of the PEN Northwest Wilderness Writing Residency and has taught writing and literature courses at a variety of places, including Suzhou University in China, The Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology, Whitman College, and at various workshops. On the faculty of Eastern Oregon University’s low-residency MFA program, Jennifer also works for an environmental nonprofit in the San Juan Islands. She lives in Friday Harbor, Washington.
The two prize finalists are the novel THE PLACE WITH NO NAME, by José María Merino, translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Polli, and the essay collection THE SHAPE OF MERCY: ESSAYING THE GEOGRAPHY OF HOME by Alison Townsend.
The semifinalists are NOT TILL WE ARE LOST: REFLECTIONS ON EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION by William Homestead and THE PTEROPOD GANG by Nancy Lord.
The Siskiyou Prize is named for the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northern California and southern Oregon, one of the most diverse eco-regions in the world. The annual award is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. The winner receives a cash award of $1,000, a residency at PLAYA, and an offer of publication by Ashland Creek Press.
Thanks to all who submitted to the prize for your support of environmental literature. For more information, and to learn about next year’s prize, visit SiskiyouPrize.com.
I’m pleased to say that we’re on the home stretch toward choosing stories for the next edition of Among Animals.
To give you a preview of what’s to come, we’ve got stories that feature cats and dogs and chickens and fish. And a mule. A kangaroo. A sea bear. A polar bear.
And, of course, humans.
We’re still looking for a few more great stories and are setting a deadline of December 15th. So if you’ve got something you think might fit, please send it today! And please feel free to check out our first edition, which will tell you what the anthology is all about.
And thanks to everyone who shared their work with us. We appreciate the opportunity to read your submissions.