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Welcome to the CLMP Directory of independent literary publishers, a digital resource and offspring of CLMP’s former annual print directory.

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Essay Press
  • Type of organization
  • Phone
    (256) 348-7223
  • Web address
  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    Essay Press is dedicated to publishing artful, innovative and culturally relevant prose. We are interested in publishing pieces that are too long to be easily published in journals or magazines, but too short to be considered book-length by most publishers. We are looking for prose that has something to say, essays that both demand and deserve to stand alone. We particularly welcome work that extends or challenges the formal protocols of nonfiction, including, but not limited to: lyric essays and prose poems or poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship, and philosophy.
  • Is your group affiliated with a University, portal or other agency?
  • Primary editor/Contact person
    Travis Sharp
  • Contact title
    Executive Editor
  • Publishes
    essays, nonfiction
  • Focus
    Essay Press is dedicated to publishing innovative, explorative, and culturally relevant essays in book form.
  • Representative authors
    Mary-Kim Arnold, Selah Saterstrom, Jenny Boully
  • Submissions policy
    Submissions only accepted during our annual contest. (See website for details)
  • Accepts unsolicited submissions?
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Reading period
  • Reporting time
    2 - 3 months
  • Author Payments
    royalties, copies
  • Contests
    Essay Press/University of Washington at Bothell Contest (See website for details)
  • Number of paid staff
  • Number of unpaid staff
  • 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)?
  • Number of Books Published per Year
  • Titles in Print
  • Average Print Run
  • Format (%)
    100% Paperback
  • Average Price per Book
  • Average Price per e-Book

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