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Sunvault cover – detail from early concept

We’ll be revealing the cover art for Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation a week Wednesday! Below, by our talented cover artist, Likhain (who is a finalist for Best Fan Artist for the 2017 Hugo Awards!), is a detail from early concept drawings:

15 April 2017

Open call: Broad Knowledge

Announcing an open call for submissions for Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good, an anthology of dark and speculative fiction in the Women Up To No Good book series, co-edited by H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, to be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books.

Authors must identify as female, non-binary, or a marginalized sex or gender identity.

This anthology will be themed around the idea of knowledge (learning/science/education/training/etc). Stories may be funny or serious, set anywhere on or off the world, in any time period, but must feature female protagonists whose knowledge is integral to the plot/conflict.

  • Word/page count: Up to 5,000 words/story.
  • Payment: six cents per word.
  • Genres: Dark and speculative fiction encompasses horror, science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism, and we welcome all of these genres.
  • Publication history: Original stories only. Reprints may be submitted by invitation only.
  • Multiple submissions: No.
  • Simultaneous submissions: No.
  • Deadline: 30 May 2017. We plan to reply within one to two months from the deadline.
  • To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:
         (a) your complete manuscript as a .RTF,
         (b) a bio of 100 words or fewer, and
         (c) make sure you provide the following information: legal name (if different from the name you write under), mailing address, and word count.
    Put “WOMEN UP TO NO GOOD” in the subject line.
  • If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rightsholder that you are authorized to translate and submit it (both author and translator will receive full payment).

We encourage and welcome stories from voices underrepresented in speculative fiction, including (but not limited to) writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers in translation.

25 February 2017

Two fathers use poems to teach their kids about growing up black in America

Psyched to see PBS Newshour featuring Floodgate poets Geffrey Davis and F. Douglas Brown’s “What I Mean When I Say Harmony“!

13 February 2017

Announcing Small Press Week 2017

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, fierce, and intimate—using the hashtag #SPWeek17.

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

Sunday November 19

#SPWtips: Kick off #SPWeek17 with some tips and advice for writers submitting to your press, whether new, aspiring, mid-list, or old pros!

Monday November 20

#SPWpast: How did you get started? How did you get where you are now? Talk about past titles, moments of glory and moments of despair, and anything else that has gone into making your press unique!

Tuesday November 21

#SPWpresent: Every Tuesday is #newreleasetuesday, but this Tuesday is for featuring all of your current 2017 releases, no matter when their release date.

Wednesday November 22

#SPWfuture: 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 23

#SPWzoom: Zoom in to provide excerpts, close-up photos, and anecdotes about your new books.

Friday November 24

#SPWreads: Recommend some #FridayReads: what books from other presses are you loving? (Tip: when possible, tag the authors and publishers you’re praising.)

Saturday November 25

#SPWshop: Encourage holiday shoppers to support small press! Talk about what makes our books and our authors special, how you’re embedded in your local community, and how independent publishers help writers to nurture and sustain the literary conversation. And be sure to talk up your titles! (Tip: also use #shopsmall for greater visibility, since today is Small Business Saturday.)

Remember to hashtag every post with #SPWeek17 so people can find the whole sprawling discussion in one place!

Small presses and their editors can also join us on Facebook for announcements and discussion, and participate in our anticipatory hashtag campaign #smallpressQs.

1 comment 27 January 2017

Announcing #smallpressQs (Small Press Questions)

Small Press Week 2016 (#SPWeek16) was so much fun that we’ve decided to have regular mini-conversations under the hashtag #smallpressQs starting this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern (6 Central, 4 Pacific). We’ll have these discussions every second week with a different question each time—including discussions devoted to taking questions from writers!

  • Wed 02/01 7:00 p.m. EST: What new books or projects are you working on?
  • Wed 02/15 7:00 p.m. EST: What books are you most excited about right now?
  • Wed 03/01 7:00 p.m. EST: How did your press get started?
  • Wed 03/15 7:00 p.m. EST: Open question time! Writers: post with the #smallpressQs hashtag for any of our presses to answer. (Add #askaneditor too, if you like!)
  • Wed 03/29 7:00 p.m. EST: Which genres do you prefer to read (personally & professionally)?
  • Wed 04/12 7:00 p.m. EST: What are some of your favorite covers, both yours and from other presses?
  • Wed 04/26 7:00 p.m. EST: What are you reading?
  • Wed 05/10 7:00 p.m. EST: Can you share some photos of your publishing process?
  • Wed 05/24 7:00 p.m. EST: Open question time! Writers: post with the #smallpressQs hashtag for any of our presses to answer. (Add #askaneditor too, if you like!)
  • Wed 06/07 7:00 p.m. EST: What new books or projects are you working on?
  • Wed 06/21 7:00 p.m. EST: What challenges do you find most difficult in publishing?
  • Wed 07/05 7:00 p.m. EST: Are you a writer? An artist? How much does your personal creative life leak over into your small press publishing?
  • Wed 07/19 7:00 p.m. EST: What books are you most excited about right now?
  • Wed 08/02 7:00 p.m. EST: What big picture dreams do you have about the future of your press?
  • Wed 08/16 7:00 p.m. EST: Open question time! Writers: post with the #smallpressQs hashtag for any of our presses to answer. (Add #askaneditor too, if you like!)
  • Wed 08/30 7:00 p.m. EST: What are your influences, aesthetic, and mission?
  • Wed 09/13 7:00 p.m. EST: What new books or projects are you working on?
  • Wed 09/27 7:00 p.m. EST: Should publishers try to be technology innovators and players?
  • Wed 10/11 7:00 p.m. EST: Open question time! Writers: post with the #smallpressQs hashtag for any of our presses to answer. (Add #askaneditor too, if you like!)
  • Wed 10/25 7:00 p.m. EST: What are you reading?
  • Wed 11/08 7:00 p.m. EST: What about small press publishing is particularly exciting right now?

And join us to gear up for Small Press Week 2017 (#SPWeek17) from Sunday, Nov 19 through Saturday, Nov 25!

1 comment 27 January 2017

Small Press Week #SPWshop

Last day of Small Press Week! Today we’re engaging in capitalism, since it’s also Small Business Saturday!

Most of our titles could only be released by a small, independent publisher not beholden to a large corporate editorial structure. Upper Rubber Boot has the freedom to take risks. Poetry books, especially, are hard to sell, but, I believe, vitally important to the literary conversation—every one that we publish is a risk. I also love stories that are hard to quantify and pigeonhole, which can make our anthologies riskier to publish because they aren’t absolutely clearly one genre or another.

We exist on the fringe. It’s even in our name (Upper Rubber Boot is Canadian for a place that’s far away from the center of things, and probably uncool and insignificant).

Here are some of our riskiest titles:

  • Flight 505, a rock-and-roll road trip turns violent after an ill-considered heroin theft in this chilling novella by ex-Sparks bassist Leslie Bohem, who also wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, Dante’s Peak, and the mini-series Taken.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]

  • Three short books of poetry in a single volume: brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee explore America by train; F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis explore fatherhood in the era of Black Lives Matter; and Enid Shomer explores environmental destruction and hope for the future.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]

  • Memory, a novelette by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría (trans. Lawrence Schimel) of oppression, genetic engineering, non-binary relationships, and—you guessed it—memory, on a colony on a terraformed Mars.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]



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26 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWreads

Some books I’m interested in that other presses have released:

Antigona Gonzalez
Sara Uribe
Les Figues
Assdeep in Wonder
Christopher Gudgeon
Anvil Press
Home Tour 2014 booklet
Assi Manifesto
Natasha Kanape Fontaine
Mawenzi House
Canto General: Song of the Americas
Pablo Neruda
Tupelo Press
The Conjoined: A Novel
Jen Sookfong Lee
Roberto Harrison
Green Lantern
Tiana Clark
Bull City Press
How To Draw a Rhinoceros
Kate Sutherland
Book Thug
I Am Providence
Nick Mamatas
Night Shade
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Tommy Pico
Birds, LLC
Lament for the Afterlife
Lisa L. Hannett
Literature for Nonhumans
Gabriel Gudding
Ahsahta Press
Anne Keefe
Bull City Press
Allison Joseph
Mayapple Press
Background fabric
John Scalzi
Subterranean Press
The Missing Museum
Amy King
Tarpaulin Sky
Monsieur de Bougrelon
Jean Lorrain
Spurl Editions
Myriad Lands
Stories by: Tade Thompson, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Lyn McConchie, Daniel Heath Justice, Dilman Dila, Daniel Ausema, and more.
Guardbridge Books
Khadijah Queen
Litmus Press
Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera
City Lights Books
The Performance of Becoming Human
Daniel Borzutzky
BAP Books
Winner of the 2016 National Book Awards for Poetry
Pirate Utopia
Bruce Sterling
Tachyon Publications
Remembering Animals
Brenda Iijima
Nightboat Books
Selected Works
Jose Antonio Ramos Sucre
Noemi Press
Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work
Matt Robinson
Gaspereau Press
Street Magicks
Stories by Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, Catherynne M. Valente, and more.
Prime Books
Sympathetic Little Monster
Ricochet Editions
Cameron Awkward-Rich
Vickie Gendreau
Book Thug
Vile Men
Rebecca Jones-Howe
Dark House Press
When the Ghosts Come Ashore
Jacqui Germain
Button Poetry
When the World Wounds
Kiini Ibura Salaam
Third Man Books
Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone
Sequoia Nagamatsu
Black Lawrence
Words Are My Matter
Ursula K. Le Guin
Small Beer Press
Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad
Ugly Duckling


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1 comment 25 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWthanks

It’s Small Press Week! Today we’re focusing on who and what makes us grateful to be in publishing.

First of all, I’m grateful to you. Thanks for stopping by! Readers are some of the best people I know, and I am grateful when you invest your time in reading our books. Ask any writer how much work it is to write a story or a poem or an entire novel. It’s similarly hard work to edit, design and format the actual book. Without you, our efforts would be for nothing.

I’m extraordinarily grateful to work with so many wickedly clever editors and writers, who are also often luminously kind and good people. Special shout-outs to Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, who edited Apocalypse Now: Poems & Prose from the End of Days and carries the Floodgate Poetry Series every year from cradle to grave; to Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Wieland, who are currently editing Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation; and to H. L. Nelson, who edited Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good with me, and who will be co-editing another women-focused anthology with me next year.

I’m thankful for my family, friends, and co-workers, who are constant sources of support and inspiration. A special shout out to my husband, who juggles so many things so that I can keep this business going.

I’m also thankful for gummy bears and Kroger’s double chocolate protein bars, which have been a significant source of comfort to me.

Finally, thank you to everybody who makes the human race look a little more human. I’m so glad that you are here with me.


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1 comment 24 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWfutures

It’s Small Press Week! Today we’re talking about the future.

Our next release, in spring 2017, is Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation, an anthology of fiction focusing on solutions to environmental disasters, and the people living during tipping points and inhabiting the crucial moments when great change can be made. Follow the book on Facebook to keep in the loop on this release!

Next autumn, we’ll be releasing an anthology of long poems, Warning! Poems May Be Longer Than They Appear, co-edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and Matthew Silverman.

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 4, featuring some kickass poets, will be released in January 2018.

We’ve also got big plans for two still-unnamed anthologies of women-focused fiction for 2018, edited respectively by Octavia Cade, and by H. L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam!


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1 comment 23 November 2016

Small Press Week #SPWzoom

Today for Small Press Week we’re zooming in on 2016 releases. Upper Rubber Boot has two releases this year: The Museum of All Things Awesome And That Go Boom, an anthology of derring-do, explosions and blunt force trauma, and Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3, comprised of a short poetry book by Enid Shomer, another co-written by Cave Canem fellows F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis, and a third co-written by brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee. We thought we’d have some fun with this and just tantalize you with some snippets:



















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1 comment 22 November 2016

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