Starting in 2017, Airlie Press will relax its participation requirement of attending monthly meetings in Salem. With most of Airlie’s logistics streamlined, we will be moving to bi-monthly meetings, with interaction via Skype and/or email in the intervening months.
Airlie Press considers full-length poetry manuscripts for publication during our open reading period, May 1 through June 30 of each year. Our goal is to publish 1-2 volumes of poetry a year. For full details on the distribution, sales, marketing, and publicity of our titles, please click here.
Airlie Press is a nonprofit poetry collective based in and around Portland, Oregon. We seek manuscripts from Pacific Northwest poets who are willing and able to commit to a three-year term of doing the shared work of running a collective press. An essential element of this commitment is the necessity of attending bi-monthly meetings in person, during which the most important editorial decisions are made by consensus.
Each member’s book is published in the second year of his or her term. Authors have the final say about the content and presentation of their books. All profits from the sale of books are returned to the collective.
The highlights of our publishing protocol include the following:
- Authors gain valuable editorial experience during monthly meetings throughout their three-year tenure. Press duties usually amount to a few hours each week.
- Airlie Press follows a consensus-based model of decision making (details of this process will be made available to those actively seeking membership).
- Authors take an active role in the production of their books, including design and publicity. Certain specialized skills may be assigned to outside professionals when necessary.
- Authors receive no money from the sales of their books; profits from sales go toward the publication of the next two authors selected by the press.
- Each new member will spend the first year helping previous authors, the second year producing her or his own book, and the third year mentoring new members and helping with the current books. There are no monetary requirements for new members.
- Press members are also editors. Each manuscript undergoes a thorough reading and editing, but authors have the final say on the design and content of their own books.
The process for submission of manuscripts and application for membership in the collective includes:
- Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to email@example.com between March 1 through June 30 of each year. Manuscripts received outside this time frame will not be read. Each submission will receive a confirmation of receipt.
- Manuscripts should be 65-80 pages in length. Send your manuscript as an attachment (.doc, .rtf, or .pdf files). The manuscript should be paginated, with a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere on your manuscript.
- Please attach a second file that includes 1) a personal statement page explaining why you would like to join the group and what interests and skills you might bring, and 2) a copy of your manuscript’s title page that includes your name, address, phone number, and email address.
- The subject line of the e-mail should read: manuscript submission.
If we are interested in publishing your manuscript, we will invite you to a meeting to talk about how the group works and to answer your questions. The meeting is a chance for both you and the Press to decide if our collaborative approach is right for you at this point in your writing life. We’ll announce our decision as soon as possible.