Bull City Press


Type Of Organization
Press
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Bull City Press, an independent small press based in North Carolina, was born in 2006. In 2015, we launched a line of fiction and nonfiction chapbooks when we merged with Origami Zoo Press. We also host events in the Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina when we’re able. We love readers, and we love writers. We want to make sure they find each other. So that we can both pay the writers we publish and keep readers’ costs low, we are staffed entirely by volunteers. No one draws a salary from the press, so we can put all proceeds into creating new chapbooks. You can find more information on our staff here. We currently publish a small quarterly magazine, Inch, and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Each year, we publish the winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Our logo and our mascot, Barry the Bull, were designed by Flying Hand Studio. They also designed most of our books before 2017. Many of our titles are now designed by Spock & Associates. Through a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we give students the chance to learn editing, design, and publishing skills by working on Bull City Press titles. Students have provided invaluable feedback to authors, created book jackets and interiors, and developed marketing materials for several books.

Social Media Platforms Used
@bullcitypress (Twitter & Instagram)
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
no
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Ross White
Contact Title
Founder & Director
Publishes
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Recent Awards Received
SPD Bestsellers
Representative Authors
K Ming-Chang, Leila Chatti, Tiana Clark
Submissions Policy
At this time, we do not consider unsolicited manuscripts outside of our three reading periods. Each year, we team with The Frost Place in Franconia, NH, to offer the Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship. Get information on the Frost Place Chapbook Competition, which is open to entries each October 1-January 5. From March 15 – April 15, we accept submissions of short collections of poems, short fiction, and short memoir for Inch. Take a look at the guidelines. From May 15 – June 15, we hold a Chapbook Open Reading Period. This reading period is open to poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. All submissions must go through our electronic submissions managers. Any materials sent via US mail will be destroyed unread, and Bull City Press will not respond. Because we are an all-volunteer operation, reading times for submissions vary based on the number of manuscripts each volunteer can carefully read while still attending to their day-to-day responsibilities. Often a minimum of 90 days will pass before we’ve assembled a long list of potential manuscripts to consider.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
No
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
yes
Reading Period
Varies
Reporting Time
3 - 4 months
Author Payments
royalties
Contests
Frost Place Chapbook Prize
Number Of Unpaid Staff
15
Year Founded
2006
Distributors
Small Press Distribution
Number Of Books Published Per Year
10
Titles In Print
75
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
62
Paperback
100
Chapbook
100
Average Price Per Book
12.00
Average Price Per E-Book
12.00
Number Of Issues Per Year
1
Back Issues Available
yes
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
yes
Format
perfect
Publish Print Anthology?
yes

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