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Aquarius Press/Willow Books
  • Type of organization
  • Phone
    (877) 979-3639
  • Fax
    (877) 979-3639
  • Web address
  • Social media platforms used
    Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    Aquarius Press publishes trade, academic, and special interest titles by writers typically underrepresented in the marketplace. Key partnerships have been formed with several universities, libraries, governmental agencies, and literary organizations. Numerous titles are included in special collections, including the University of Michigan Special Collection, Poets House in New York, and the African Libraries Collective. The flagship imprint, Willow Books, was co-founded with Dr. Randall Horton in 2007 with a mission to develop, publish, and promote writers of color. Collaborations include PEN/Faulkner, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and the Weeksville Heritage Center. In addition to publishing and providing professional development opportunities, Willow has created a platform for its authors to engage with the public through workshops, conferences, digital streaming broadcasts, and public readings in the U.S. and abroad. Signature events include the annual LitFest (Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and D.C.) and its Literature Awards. The Willow Arts Alliance sponsors fellowships to talented multidisciplinary artists. The press has an active roster of over 40 single-title authors and has published over 10 anthologies and journals containing the works of over 200 poets and writers. An industry leader, the press is known for its excellence in design, content, and diverse selection of award-winning authors and fellows.
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  • Primary editor/Contact person
    Randall Horton
  • Contact title
  • Publishes
    fiction, nonfiction, poetry, video
  • Focus
    Writers of color
  • Recent Awards Received
    Asian Pacific Islander Library Association, San Francisco Public Library Laureates, Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters
  • Representative authors
    Lucinda Roy, Vanessa Hua, E. Ethelbert Miller
  • Submissions policy
    Manuscripts accepted via Submittable during Open Reading Period (April 1-September 1 of each year). (See website for details)
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Reading period
    From 4 / 1 - 9 / 1
  • Reporting time
    12 - 15 months
  • Author Payments
    royalties, copies
  • Contests
    Willow Books Literature Awards (See website for details)
  • Number of paid staff
  • Number of unpaid staff
  • Distributors
    Ingram, SPD
  • E-distributors
  • CLMP Member?
  • How many writers did you publish in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
  • How many live events did you present in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
  • ISSN Number
  • ISBN Number
    978-0-9971996; 978-0-9985278; 978-0-9961390
  • Number of Books Published per Year
  • Titles in Print
    Deceit and Other Possibilities; Fabric; Summer of the Cicadas; The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller
  • Average Print Run
  • Format (%)
    90% Paperback, 5% Chapbook, 5% Other
  • Average Price per Book
  • Average Price per e-Book

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