WordFarm is an independent literary press.
WordFarm began in 2002 with a group of Chicago-area writers, editors and designers who had among them more than fifty years of publishing experience. We later spread out from Chicago and now have staff members in New Hampshire, Michigan and Washington. Though we all have "day jobs," WordFarm is our labor of love. Our business is self-funded, and we work on 2 or 3 projects each year. Our mission is to discover and promote outstanding literary works by both new and established writers. You can see this mix in the complete listing of books on our website.
We publish collections of poetry, short fiction, essays, and single works of fiction or literary nonfiction. We take great care with developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading, design and typesetting, and manufacturing. We do relational, niche marketing and selling, making each book available through Small Press Distribution, from Amazon, and from us directly (we offer competitive bookstore and educational discounts). We keep books in print and available for the "long haul." And we offer digital editions through Amazon's Kindle program.
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Primary editor/Contact person
Sally Sampson Craft
Director of Communications
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
WordFarm publishes in three areas: fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry.
Recent Awards Received
WordFarm won ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Award (essays category) for the title Bright Shoots of Everlastingness.
John Leax, Paul J. Willis, Luci Shaw
Not reading new submissions until Summer 2019. Please check our website for our reading dates and guidelines before submitting queries or manuscripts.
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Titles in Print
Average Print Run
90% Paperback, 10% Other
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