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Black Ocean
  • Type of organization
  • Web address
  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    Black Ocean is an award-winning independent publisher based out of Boston, with satellites in Detroit and Chicago. From early silent films to early punk rock, Black Ocean brings together a spectrum of influences to produce books of exceptional quality and content. In conjunction with our book releases we manifest our aesthetic in celebrations around the country. We believe in the fissures art can create in consciousness when, even if just for a moment, we experience a more vital way of operating in the world—and through that moment then seek out more extreme and enlightened modes of existence. We believe in the freedom we find through enlightened modes of existence, and we are committed to promoting artists we firmly believe in by sharing our enthusiasm for their work with a global audience.
  • Is your group affiliated with a University, portal or other agency?
  • Primary editor/Contact person
    Janaka Stucky
  • Contact title
  • Publishes
    fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, translation, graphic novel
  • Focus
    "Writing that instantly grabs the reader, is compelling, exhibits originality and skill and contains powerful imagery."
  • Recent Awards Received
    Oregon Book Awards New York Public Library's 25 Books to Remember Small Press Distribution Top Sellers
  • Representative authors
    Zachary Schomburg, Tomaz Salamun, Aase Berg
  • Submissions policy
    Black Ocean does not accept unsolicited submissions except during the open reading period for poetry. All other genres are by solicitation only. (See website for details)
  • Accepts unsolicited submissions?
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Reading period
    From 6 / 1 - 6 / 30
  • Reporting time
    2 - 3 months
  • Author Payments
    royalties, copies
  • Number of paid staff
  • Number of unpaid staff
  • Distributors
    Small Press Distribution
  • Wholesalers
    Baker & Taylor
  • 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)?
  • Number of Books Published per Year
  • Titles in Print
  • Average Print Run
  • Format (%)
    20% Hardcover, 80% Paperback
  • Average Price per Book
  • Average Price per e-Book

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