Our friends over at Ashland Creek Press are currently seeking book-length submissions relating to animal rights. Excuse me as I contemplate temporarily shutting down my life so that I can write that novel that’s been gnawing at me for about 15 years now, patiently waiting to appear on paper. (In truth I did write it — about 90% of it anyway, handwritten, in fact — yet I can’t bring myself to look at it again… But I digress.)
If, like me, you have a manuscript hidden away on a flash drive, or perhaps burning on the ends of your fingertips, this might be just be the kick in the pants you’ve been needing. I’m a huge ridiculous fan of both Ashland Creek Press and it’s co-founders, John Yunker and Midge Raymond. Ashland Creek Press is a small, independent publisher of books “with a world view,” and it’s not uncommon to find veganism and animal rights issues as strong through-lines in their publications. John, of course, is the brilliant author of The Tourist Trail, a “literary thriller about endangered species in the world’s most remote areas, and those who put their lives on the line to protect them” — which we gave a glowing review. (Remember, for a limited time, you can still get a copy of The Tourist Trail when you donate $25 to Our Hen House!) Ashland Creek Press is also the publisher responsible for Out of Breath by Blair Richmond, a young adult novel about vampires and veganism — which we also reviewed, and you should also not miss reading. (And stay tuned for our upcoming review of Falling Into Green.)
So much literature inspiration! Are you feeling it too? Well, writers and budding authors, get on that. Here is the description of what they’re looking for:
Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting submissions of book-length manuscripts with themes relating to animal rights and the environment. We are especially interested in novels, but we also read nonfiction, including memoir. We believe that veganism and animal rights issues are poorly represented (or mis-represented) in popular literature and we want to do our part to change that. Above all, we’re looking for exceptional, well-written, engaging stories. As you’ll see from our new and forthcoming titles, we are open to many genres (young adult, mystery, literary fiction) as long as the stories are relevant to the themes listed above. Please note that at this time we are not reading submissions for children’s books. Ashland Creek Press is a small, independent press that publishes only a handful of books each year; we regret that we’re unable to publish all of the fine work we receive. Please visit our submissions page for more details. We look forward to reading your work!