Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Laertes is an independent press committed to literary translation - to the furthering of that particular art. Our aim is also to relay works from far and wide, in any genre, that render the full human weight.
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
essays, fiction, poetry, translation
Recent Awards Received
A silver IPPY for cover design and a gold medal from PubWest for book design
C. P. Cavafy, Jeton Neziraj, Xhevdet Bajraj
We have an open submissions policy within our publishing parameters, i.e. literary translation, the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an emphasis on simple and sheer humanity.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
02 - 04 weeks
Number Of Paid Staff
We have many contract workers, but no full-time paid staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
2017 (We recently reincorporated as Laertes Press, Inc. Our earlier incarnation was Laertes, a Press for Literary Translation, Inc.)
Number Of Books Published Per Year
1 in October 2015; 4-5 expected in our next fiscal year: 2017-2018
Titles In Print
Clearing the Ground: C.P. Cavafy, Poetry and Prose, 1902-1911, Translations and Essay by Martin McKinsey; The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower, by Jeton Neziraj, Translated by Robert Elsie, Janice Mathie-Heck, and Alexandra Channer; Slaying the Mosquito, by Xhevdet Bajraj, Translated by Ani Gjika; The Things You Take with You, by Andreas Flourakis, Translated by Alexi Kaye Campbell; One Flew over the Kosovo Theater, by Jeton Neziraj, Translated by Alexandra Channer
Average Price Per Book
Laertes titles will range from $17 to $19; acting edition and chapbooks are always $10; our anthologies will be around $24.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
No pitch is necessary. We will be kind.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Simple humanity in the original author.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Let's all be truthful and kind. Nothing else is important.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
I suppose it's anyone who turns to literature to broaden their horizons . . anyone curious about the world . . and anyone with a craving for the full human immensity and weight.