Ooligan Press is a non-profit, general trade press located in the Pacific Northwest and dedicated to advancing the craft of publishing. Ooligan’s staff consists of educators, publishing professionals, and students within the graduate publishing program at Portland State University. We are a press committed to providing education, publishing sustainably, and producing quality books that represent the unique landscapes, communities, and people of the Pacific Northwest.
All manuscripts and proposals are read and reviewed by the Acquisitions department. We respond to query letters within four weeks after submission and to proposal and manuscript submissions within three months.
Ooligan publishes books by a variety of writers who are interested in a press that reflects the values and attitudes that inspire so many to call the Pacific Northwest their home. We accept both solicited and unsolicited submissions and also develop in-house projects.
Ooligan Press was founded in 2001 as a teaching press dedicated to the art and craft of publishing.
You can be involved with Ooligan Press by being a registered graduate student of the publishing program or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Undergraduates and graduate students in other programs are welcome at Ooligan Press.
Yes. Ooligan is a trade press. Our books generally have a print run of one to two thousand and can be found in your local bookstores. The form of the book depends upon its needs. We work in both traditional forms and new media.
Ooligan publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult fiction. Please refer to our Subsmission Guidelines if you have further questions.
Ooligan Press publishes three to six titles a year.
The name Ooligan is adopted from a Chinookan word for a smelt fish, otherwise known as the candlefish. The ooligan was an abundant natural resource in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest. It may well be the word from which the name “Oregon” was derived. During the trade of the valuable fish oil to tribes east of the Rockies, the L in Ooligan was replaced with an R, creating a word that sounded like Ooregon. One theory suggests that this usage became the name of an area of land and assumed its current spelling of Oregon over the course of history.
Individual Sales: All Ooligan Press titles are available through your local bookstore, and we encourage supporting independent booksellers. Please contact your local bookstore, or purchase online through Powell’s, Indiebound, or Amazon.
Retail Sales: Ooligan books are distributed to the trade through Ingram Publisher Services. Booksellers and businesses that wish to stock Ooligan titles may order directly from IPS at (866) 400-5351 or email@example.com.
Educational and Library Sales: We sell directly to educators and libraries that do not have an established relationship with IPS. For pricing, or to place an order, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generally, we do not advertise events to our email lists unless we know the person or organization soliciting us. Please do not send us unsolicited announcements.
Please contact the Director of Publishing, Dr. Per Henningsgaard, for more information on internships. email@example.com
It is likely that your query letter, manuscript, or book proposal was received; but due to the volume we get on an ongoing basis, it can take us some time to send out responses. On our submissions page, under “Our Acquisition Process”, you will find how long it normally takes us to respond. If we have not responded within that time frame, however, please contact the acquisitions staff to check that they received your materials.
If you know that your materials have been received and are simply eager to know our response, please be patient! While we understand your enthusiasm, repeatedly contacting us will not speed up the process or make it any more likely that we will publish your book.
Please contact our Acquisitions staff promptly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your conscientiousness in notifying us.
When in doubt, the submission guidelines on our website are always the most up-to-date. If you have found incorrect submission guidelines elsewhere, please send the source and the details of the listing to email@example.com. We are not always able to correct such postings, but we do our best to make sure we are accurately represented online. Thank you for double-checking.
Program information, including admission requirements, can be found on the English Department website, or the Ooligan Press website. To go directly to the application requirements, visit http://www.english.pdx.edu/GradWriting2.php.
There are no exams required prior to admission (including the GRE). Please visit PSU’s English Department website for full details on admission.
As on the PSU’s English Department website, we would like 15 to 30 pages of written work demonstrating promise of success in the publishing industry. This can include any type of writing within any genre—including poetry, nonfiction, or fiction—or research and scholarly writing, as in term papers. If, like some of our students, you work in bookselling or a publishing-related field, you can use work samples; any of the above are acceptable, if they exhibit your awareness of strong form and clear content.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact the staff at email@example.com to inquire about the current hours. The Ooligan office is located in Neuberger Hall, room 369, on the Portland State University campus.