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Catalyst Press
  • Type of organization
  • Phone
    (925) 315-5970
  • Web address
  • Social media platforms used
    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    Catalyst Press is an independent publishing company founded in 2017. Books are a spark for change in the world. We publish books that reveal the world from different perspectives, tilting or reversing or tweaking our own understanding of what’s real, true, necessary, or beautiful. Catalyst’s publishing program  emphasizes books emerging from the African continent and about Africa but not exclusively; we plan to expand to publishing indigenous writers from other parts of the world, all with the goal of publishing literature that exposes the truth and pursues justice and peace.
  • Is your group affiliated with a University, portal or other agency?
  • Primary editor/Contact person
    Jessica Powers
  • Contact title
  • Submissions policy
    Catalyst Press is currently only interested in manuscripts authored by African writers or set authentically and realistically in an African location or among the African Diaspora anywhere in the world. We are primarily interested in books featuring African protagonists ("Africans" can be black, white, Asian, mixed race, etc, and culturally may be African, Euro-African, Asian-African, etc--but they will generally have grown up on the continent or among the African Diaspora). We are willing to consider exceptions in certain cases but we seek to publish African and African Diasporan points of view, realities, and understandings of the world we live in. A key word for us is "authentic"--but diversity is also key as there is no singular African culture, belief system, or experience. On the adult side, we publish crime/mystery, thrillers, literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir, children's and young adult novels.  If you believe you have a manuscript that we would be interested in, please send a short description, a bio, and approximately 10 pages to info [at] catalystpress.org. We can't promise a short response time but will do our best to respond within two months.
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