Xi Draconis Books

Type Of Organization
(513) 328-4632
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Xi Draconis, an orange giant star, shines one hundred thirteen light years away from Earth in the constellation Draco, a serpent people of the ancient world saw slithering in the night sky. Of an average magnitude, it burns inconspicuous at the base of the serpent’s jaw, slightly obscured by stellar dust, another point of light among billions. And yet, this point of light, dim and old, still serves as part of Draco’s daggered mouth, with which the serpent battled the Olympian gods for a decade. Though at last Minerva slew Draco and tossed his body into the sky, a cold line of stars remains as testament to Draco’s rebellion. Thus, Xi Draconis Books seeks to publish literary works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that rebel, that rail against social injustice, against hatred, poverty, hunger, privatization, the celebration of ignorance, objectification, racism, exploitation, sexism, and commodification. We seek works that explore how these perversions warp the human mind, that humanize, where our culture and society would dehumanize. We seek works that complicate, where biased groups would simplify. We seek works that empathize, where others would malign. This rebellion may come in a variety of forms and voices. Both experimental and traditional techniques are welcome. Tragedy, satire, and things in between are to our liking. Works philosophical or minimal, hyperbolic or understated, are all of interest to us. Our one stipulation is that the work we publish must be socially conscious. We rebel against the gods not because we are monsters, but because they are.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Patrick Barney
Contact Title
fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
Representative Authors
Hans Burger, Joseph D. Reich, Izzy Oneiric
Submissions Policy
We accept submissions of novellas, novels, memoirs, nonfiction collections, poetry collections, and epic poems during our summer open reading period. This runs from 1 May to 31 July.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 05 / 01 - 07 / 31
Reporting Time
3 - 6 months
Author Payments
cash, copies
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Amazon, Kobo, iBooks
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
In Some Sense Innocent, The American Book of the Dead
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
Average Price Per Book
Average Price Per E-Book
Patrick Barney
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I founded Xi Draconis Books because, after years of searching, I found no press that dealt specifically with socially engaged literature. Given the many problems our world faces, this seemed like a huge gap in the indie press world.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
The press is run by one person, myself.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
I prefer that you don't submit a cover letter.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
After I receive all submissions for a reading period, I tackle them chronologically. I mark those that seem the most promising and eliminate others. Then, after I've made my final decision, I send out all letters at once.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
If your manuscript isn't trying to address some problematic social issue, then I won't be interested. I'm also very attuned to works that don't come together thematically. I want to feel like a book is trying to make a point or complicate a subject.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Buy a book before you submit, or at least read an author interview or watch one of our video blogs. Unless you're a fan of what we do, then you probably won't find a home with us.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
A conscientious and intelligent person who wants to delve into deeply thematic literature.