Ooligan Press

Ooligan is a not-for-profit general trade press that publishes books honoring the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.

Submission Guidelines


Our Interests

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:

Please note that we will not consider the following:

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Because Ooligan has narrowed its focus, some of our backlist titles no longer represents our current interests as a press.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.

Submit through Submittable

We will not evaluate printed manuscripts. If you do send us submissions by mail, we will return them if you include a SASE.

Query Letters

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.

Email: acquisitions@ooliganpress.pdx.edu

When submitting a query letter, please include the following:

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.

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 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.

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