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Announcing Small Press Week, Nov 20-26, 2016!

Small presses, the authors they’ve published, and the readers who love them, will talk about exciting new releases, classic back-catalogue titles, and what makes small press publishing so fearless, intimate, creative, and heart-warming—using the hashtag #SPWeek16.


We’ll also have 7 one-day hashtags, each concentrating on a different facet of publishing:

Sunday November 20


Kick off #SPWeek16 with some secrets! Provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of your process, press, or people.

Monday November 21


Today is for talking about the history of your press, past employees, the authors you discovered who’ve gone on to win Pulitzers, the stories that still haunt you, and anything else that has gone into making your press unique and its books fantastic.

Tuesday November 22


Every Tuesday is #newreleasetuesday, but this Tuesday is for featuring all of your 2016 releases, no matter when their release date. Zoom in to provide excerpts, close-up photos, and anecdotes about your new books.

Wednesday November 23


What’s on the horizon for your press and its authors? Share your goals and initiatives, your most creative projects, and where you want your press to be in 5, 10, or 100 years!

Thursday November 24


Today is American Thanksgiving, so today we’ll focus on what—and who—makes us grateful to be in publishing!

Friday November 25


Recommend some #FridayReads: what books are you loving that other presses have released? Wherever possible, be sure to tag the authors and publishers you’re praising!

Saturday November 26


Encourage holiday shoppers to support small presses! Talk about what makes small presses special, how you are embedded in your local community, how your titles could only be released by a nimble, innovative publisher, or how independent publishers help writers nurture and sustain the literary conversation. And be sure to talk up your most amazing titles! (You may also want to use #shopsmall for greater visibility, since today is Small Business Saturday.)

Remember to hashtag every post you can with #SPWeek16 so people can find the whole sprawling discussion in one place!

Small presses and their editors can also join us on Facebook.

11 August 2016

Choose Wisely Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Choose Wisely by H. L. Nelson

Choose Wisely

by H. L. Nelson

Giveaway ends August 23, 2016.

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23 July 2016

Museum Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom by Joanne Merriam

The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom

by Joanne Merriam

Giveaway ends July 31, 2016.

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at Goodreads.

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23 July 2016

Sunvault will open for submissions soon

Writers! Upper Rubber Boot Books wants your stories for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation, the upcoming anthology of speculative fiction edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Wieland. Set for publication in spring 2017, Sunvault will open to submissions following the funding of our Kickstarter project in April.

We want this anthology to reach outside Western and Anglophone traditions of speculative fiction, showcasing the way environment and environmental issues are talked about and perceived in all parts of the world. We encourage and welcome submissions from diverse voices and under-represented populations, including, but not limited to, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, those with disabilities, and the elderly. Authors of all walks of life should feel encouraged to send us stories celebrating these diverse characters and settings all around us.

What are we looking for?

We want short stories that fall under the scope of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, weird fic, etc.). If you’re unsure, submit! We love to be surprised.

The anthology will focus on times of environmental crisis and the people inhabiting these tipping points, fighting to effect change and seek solutions, even if it’s already too late. But these are stories of hope, not just disaster! Turn your lens to those crucial moments in a world’s history when great change can be made by the right people with the right tools. Remember: hope can spark in even the grimmest of situations.

Is there environmental SF already?

There is! Although environmental factors in SF aren’t seen as frequently as other issues, writers are addressing it in revolutionary ways. Here are some examples of SF with primary environmental concerns:

  • Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy
  • Paulo Bacigalupi’s novels (The Windup Girl, The Water Knife)
  • George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer
  • Edan Lepucki’s California
  • Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy

The list goes on. Not all of these stories, though, truly fall into the solarpunk category. So what is solarpunk?

What is solarpunk?

Solarpunk follows in the tradition of steampunk and cyberpunk as the embodiment of a counterculture ideology: innovating a way of life that is better for the present and ultimately better for the future. Concepts like clean energy and sustainability are integral to solarpunk as they are outlets for societal reform. The fight for positive change is where -punk comes into play.

There are various communities online that are imagining and building solarpunk as an idea and an aesthetic, but as a literary movement, it is as yet largely undefined. That’s where you come in. Sunvault is the SF community’s opportunity to define the solarpunk genre. We want to see your conceptions and interpretations of the genre. We want to see what solarpunk looks like to you.

Length & Payment:

We’re looking for short stories from 500 to 7500 words. Don’t query about longer pieces. We want to include as many stories as possible in the anthology, so we aren’t able to consider longer works. All authors will be paid 6 cents USD per word upon publication for original fiction.

We are also open for reprint submissions. Reprints are paid a flat rate of $50 for stories under 2000 words and $100 for stories over 2000 words. Please include a complete publication history for reprint submissions.

We will accept submissions from any country.


Translations are welcome. Please include proof that you have the permission of the original author to translate and submit the story, and provide the original author’s contact details as well as your own. Payment will be split equally between the translator and the author. If this is the first publication of the story in English, even if it has appeared in its original language in print, we will pay the rate for original work.

How do I submit?

Submissions will open as soon as our Kickstarter is fully funded and run for approximately a month. Send your story to us at sunvaultanthology[at] with the subject like Original Submission: Story name for originals and Reprint Submission: Story name for reprints. Submit translations as original stories (if previously unpublished in English), but be clear that it is a translation in the body of your message. If the format is wrong, your story may end up in our spam folder, so be diligent. We will only read files sent as .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf.

Include a cover letter in the body of your email to tell us a bit about who you are. Please include the story’s length, any relevant info we should know about the story, and an author’s bio. Do not describe your story in the cover letter.

We will not be accepting simultaneous submissions. You may only submit one story during the reading period.

Response Time:

We won’t be responding to submissions until the reading period has officially closed, so response times will vary, but expect to hear back from us within 2-3 months. Please don’t query until after 3 months.

1 comment 28 February 2016

This Is Horror

We’re excited and humbled that Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good was nominated in the anthology category for a This Is Horror Award! Also lovely to see Damien Angelica Walters and Rebecca Jones-Howe, both of whom were in Choose Wisely, nominated for their short story collections – and so many other wonderful writers and presses here. Please go vote!

10 January 2016

“Poetry is hard, let’s…read more poetry.”

So I’m working today to get Floodgate Poetry Series​ Vol. 2 promo set up, and I search on Floodgate because I am looking for something else and up pops this really thoughtful review by Marissa Lingen​ that I missed when she published it, probably because I was packing for Kenya and so tremendously distracted by all of that—anyway, these particular chapbooks aren’t 100% her thing, but I am loving how thoughtful she is in her examination of this (“I think it was less ‘these are bad poems’ and more ‘these are not mostly the poems for me.'”) and I love what she has to say about Judy Jordan​’s chapbook:

Judy Jordan’s “Hunger” section was the one that struck deepest for me. It was keenly observed lack, hunger but also bills and illness, and yet not in a way that became a drumbeat of woe. It started with my favorite of the section, “These First Mornings Living in the Greenhouse,” and the entire section had the feel of a latter-day imperial fall in real daily terms–not what we imagine an imperial fall would be like, but what it actually was, dragged out, small, particular, personal ways. The greenhouse in the cold is vivid and rich and particular, and Jordan goes on from there to all the other particulars of a fall (not an autumn, a fall), the bulldozers, the algae-clogged ponds.

Thank you, Marissa. And everybody: go read her reviews! Not just of our books but all of her reviews, because they are always thoughtful and well-expressed, and we need this kind of literary conversation.

14 November 2015

Goodreads Giveaway of Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2 by Judy Jordan

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2

by Judy Jordan

Giveaway ends November 17, 2015.

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at Goodreads.

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10 November 2015

Contributor news!

It’s been a pretty long time—nine months!—since I’ve shared contributor news, so I have a long list of stuff for you to read and enjoy below.

Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good contributors:


How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens contributors:


The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom (which will be released next year) contributors:

Soles Series contributors:

The Twelfth Planet book Letters to Tiptree includes many talented writers, including URB authors Rose Lemberg, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo, Nisi Shawl, Lucy Sussex, Rachel Swirsky, and Bogi Takács.

And, finally, Flight 505: A Novella‘s author Leslie Bohem has a TV series with Hulu involving psychics and organized crime that’s going to be awesome.

31 October 2015

Goodreads Giveaway of Flight 505

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Flight 505 by Leslie Bohem

Flight 505

by Leslie Bohem

Giveaway ends September 27, 2015.

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at Goodreads.

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20 September 2015

Press release: Flight 505 takes off


Flight 505 takes off

Los Angeles writer Leslie Bohem releases an explosive new novel about the rock and roll life.

Nashville, TN – Upper Rubber Boot Books announces the release of the Leslie Bohem’s book Flight 505, a rock and roll road trip thriller. The story follows three former bandmates, one a mega-star, one a heroin junkie, and one living a quiet suburban life, and chronicles the killer consequences of their reunion.

“I am tremendously excited about Les’ book,” said Joanne Merriam, the Publisher. “We are incredibly proud to publish the work of such a passionate and exciting new talent.”

Legendary post-punk rocker Johnette Napolitano called the book “a great read,” and said, “if you weren’t in L.A. back in the ’80s… well, this is what it was like.”

Leslie Bohem was part of the early 1980s Los Angeles music scene. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a cult hit with their single, “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls,” which appeared in Revenge of the Nerds. He was also the bass player of Sparks. His songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Misty Martinez, and others. His new album, Moved to Duarte, will be released soon.

He is also a screenwriter, and wrote and executive produced (with Steven Spielberg) the mini-series Taken, for which he won an Emmy award. He also wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, Dante’s Peak, and many others. Twenty Bucks, which he wrote based on a 1935 script by his dad, Endre Bohem, earned an Independent Spirit Award.

Upper Rubber Boot Books is a small press based in Nashville, Tennessee, specializing in poetry books, novellas, and anthologies.

For more information about Flight 505, please visit, or contact Joanne Merriam at

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4 September 2015

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