Ghostbird Press

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Ghostbird Press makes chapbooks that join word and image. Recent authors include Rajiv Mohabir, Roger Sedarat and Kimiko Hahn.

Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Pete Vanderberg
Contact Title
Founding Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, translation, gr_novel
Representative Authors
Kimiko Hahn, Rajiv Mohabir, Roger Sedarat
Submissions Policy
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis through our website. Submission fee includes the purchase of one of our books. We accept simultaneous / unsolicited submissions between 20-25 pages.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
1 - 12 months
Author Payments
Year Founded
Number Of Books Published Per Year
2 - 4
Titles In Print
Average Price Per Book
Pete Vanderberg
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I founded Ghostbird Press in 2011 because I wanted to make chapbooks - to give writers the opportunity to see their work in print.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
It's just me - I do pretty much everything. Sometimes I ask my brother to provide cover or internal artwork. My wife provides love and patience.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Keep it brief - let me know what your project takes inspiration from. I also like to read a brief author bio - what have you published, in what ways do you engage with the writing world, where are you from...
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
I read all submissions and make decisions based solely on which projects move me the most.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
I look for strong, evocative, unique use of language. I look for an authentic voice and a subject that compels me to keep reading.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Be brave. Submit what you hope to publish, not what you think other people want to publish. Take rejection as part of the vocation - have faith and keep writing. And please - follow all submission guidelines.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Every time a submission just grabs me and won't let go, I feel like to be able to participate in that story.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
My ideal reader is also a writer - a person who questions everything, but also believes that there is a sacred mystery that resonates through us all.