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.
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"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
Zachary Schomburg, Tomaz Salamun, Aase Berg
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)
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Simultaneous submissions accepted
From 6 / 1 - 6 / 30
2 - 3 months
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Small Press Distribution
Baker & Taylor
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20% Hardcover, 80% Paperback
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