It’s an objective fact that February 2019 lasted thirty-seven thousand years. Somehow we’ve made it to March, and I’m excited to offer a bit more detail into what we have going on this month and beyond.
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference is being held in Portland, OR this year. We’ll be at booth 7001 surrounded by some of my favorite contemporaries. On Thursday March 28, we have an offsite event featuring a superb lineup of readers. If you’re stopping by, you’ll get a chance to see our forthcoming fall catalog, distributed under SCB. Will you be at AWP? Want to attend our offsite event? Tickets can be found here.
The transition into a third-party co-marketing and distribution agreement with SCB has been a long time coming. What this means for us is that we’ll be releasing books exclusively during the fall and spring seasons (per the distribution schedule), with about a year’s work done in advance prior to the book release. It makes the work of publishing a lot more compartmentalized and planned out, which alleviates a lot of the ad hoc stress of dropping titles whenever we feel like it. Here are the titles coming out fall 2019:
Hermosa by Yesika Salgado
The third installment to Salgado’s poetry trilogy.
Zigzags by Kamala Puligandla
The winner of our first fiction submission competition, this will be Puligandla’s debut novel.
the blind pig by Aziza Barnes
A twice-published poet, Aziza hardly needs introduction in literary-centric worlds. This is their first novel, and I’m honored to be working on it.
From Rufio to Zuko by Dante Basco
This is a series of nonfiction essays pertaining to Basco’s life, upbringing, and current work in the Hollywood landscape.
The 2020 spring catalog is mostly built out, and the fall 2020 catalog has some preliminary roots in place. We still have some art book titles forthcoming that are independent of this schedule, but otherwise this is the structure in place. I’m so pleased with what we have coming up.
Poetry submission finalists
This was the second year we held submissions for full-length poetry collections. We received 443 submissions, which is something like 4x the volume we received last year. I’ve learned a great deal from holding submission competitions, and I’m motivated to see what the finalists goals are for their work. The finalists for this competition are Henri Maddocks, Sheila Sadr, and Mae Ramirez.
The selection process was done through Submittable, which has a built in upvote or downvote system. The panel of readers, a diverse range of literary folks with different tastes, voted on the submissions throughout the last five months. The three finalists had unanimous approval from the panel.
My goal with reviving the blog is to speak more to the intention and process behind Not a Cult. Most of our communication style so far has been visual, with minimal writing. Having a resource that is a bit more long-form seems important. With that, I’d encourage you to leave a comment with questions, comments, or anything you think is relevant to the conversations at hand. I’ll try to make this a weekly thing. Thanks for taking the time to read.