We seek to publish regionally significant works of literary, historical, and social value.
We define the Pacific Northwest as Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.
We recognize the importance of diversity, particularly within the publishing industry, and are committed to building a literary community that includes traditionally underrepresented voices; therefore, we are interested in works originating from, or focusing on, marginalized communities of the Pacific Northwest.
Additionally, our Press is concerned with sustainability and the future of the publishing industry. 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.
We invite you to submit the following:
- Literary fiction
- 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:
- Genre fiction (i.e.romance, horror, westerns, mystery, thriller)
- Children’s books
- Middle grade books
- Religious books
- Self-help books
- How-to manuals
- Incomplete manuscripts
Note on Backlist:
Because Ooligan has narrowed its focus, some of our backlist titles no longer represents our current interests as a press. Some past titles that still meet our current submission guidelines are Oregon Stories; Classroom Publishing; Cataclysms of the Columbia; Ricochet River; Blue Thread; The Portland Red Guide; 42; Alive at the Center; and Rethinking Paper and Ink.
How to Submit
To further our commitment to sustainable publishing, Ooligan Press exclusively accepts digital submissions. We use Submittable.com, a highly prevalent digital submission platform among publishers, to receive query letters and proposal packages. If you do not already have a Submittable account, registration is free.
We will not evaluate printed manuscripts. If you do send us submissions by mail, we will return them if you include a SASE.
We accept query letters for completed manuscripts by email or through Submishmash.com. We will only accept emailed correspondence that includes the query text in the body of the email message. In other words, please do not send us your query letter as an email attachment, as we will not open it.
When submitting a query letter, please include the following:
- A brief summary of your manuscript
- A description of the intended audience(s) and potential market(s)
- A short paragraph about yourself and your publishing history
- Your contact information
If, upon review of your query letter, we are interested in reading more of your work, we will contact you and request a proposal package.
We only accept proposal packages through Submittable. Please note that we will not review any emailed proposals. When submitting a proposal, please include the following:
- A cover letter with a summary of your work, projected page count, intended audience(s), marketing ideas, and a list of published works that compare to your writing
- A table of contents (if appropriate)
- Your complete manuscript
A Note on the Acquisitions Process
All queries are read by the acquisitions managers. If a query fits our submission guidelines, a proposal will be requested. All proposals are read by a committee of students enrolled in the book publishing program. To ensure a strong and informed decision each proposal is read by multiple readers. A manuscript will never be read outside the acquisitions committee without permission from the author. Submission of a proposal package implies consent to the above practices. Once the committee has reached a decision, the author will be informed in a timely manner.
We respond to query letters within four weeks and to proposal package submissions within three to six months. As a teaching press, we have an extended review process, and your patience is appreciated. Please note that we do not accept physical submissions and will not evaluate them.