Written by Emily Harstone January 27th, 2022

Mad Creek Books: Now Seeking Manuscript Submissions

Mad Creek Books is the literary trade imprint of The Ohio State University Press. With a mission to foster creativity, innovate, and illuminate, Mad Creek Books champions diverse and creative literary nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

They charge 7 dollars for general submissions and 25 dollars for the contests they run, but many of the imprint submissions are free, including their Latinographix series and the Machete nonfiction series. We are only listing them because of the free submission options.

This is what they say about their Latinographix series “This series showcases graphic novels, memoir, nonfiction, comic books, and more by Latinx writers and artists. The series welcomes projects with any balance of text and visual narrative, from larger graphic narratives to collections of vignettes or serial comics, in color or black and white, fiction or nonfiction.”

The series editor is Frederick Luis Aldama, and you can learn more or submit to this series here.

This is what they say about their general submissions window: “We also welcome general submissions in nonfiction and fiction that don’t fit within the purview of any of our series, especially those which align with Mad Creek’s mission to provide a platform for historically marginalized and underrepresented voices, ideas, and perspectives.”

You can learn more about their other series here.

You can see what they’ve previously published here. Because they are part of a larger university press they should have decent distribution, although I was unable to find out who their distributor is.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.



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