Gold Line Press & Ricochet Editions

Gold Line Press and Ricochet Editions are sibling presses run by students of the University of Southern California’s PhD Program in Creative Writing. You can find more information about each press below, and more information about our current open submission calls listed under the appropriate categories. 

Ricochet will be open to hybrid manuscript submissions from June 1 to July 31 2022.

Gold Line will be open to chapbook submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from August 1 to September 30 2022.


Ricochet Editions

Ricochet Editions is committed to publishing and promoting innovative, risk-taking work. Since 2012, we have published genre-blurring, hybrid, and unconventional manuscripts, ranging from chapbooks to full-lengths. We publish writers at any stage of their career​​—established and emerging authors alike. We welcome work from underrepresented voices, including BIPOC writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, writers from non-academic backgrounds, and writers with disabilities.

We publish one to three titles a year, selected from calls for submissions. We are devoted to engaging in an extended author-editor dialogue and working with authors on their manuscripts.

Writers are encouraged to read our previously published books to get a sense of Ricochet’s aesthetics. Titles include Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues by Harmony Holiday, Sympathetic Little Monster by Cameron Awkward-Rich, Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted by Dennis J Sweeney, The Hatchet and The Hammer  by Caitlin Scarano, and People I Met From the Internet by Stephen Van Dyck. All titles are available at SPD.


Gold Line Press

Gold Line Press, founded in 2010, aims to promote the work of emerging poets and fiction writers, as well as to promote / elevate the chapbook form. The Gold Line Press editorial board does not adhere to any specific aesthetic approach. We seek out voices that deserve to be heard by a larger audience, whether those voices speak in formal or experimental verse and prose.

Our chapbooks are created with the intention of producing an elegant, perfect-bound book that is also an art object. Overall, our goal is to showcase exceptional emerging writers and reward them not only with publication, but also with broad distribution of their work to reviewers. While most chapbooks have received only limited exposure in the past, our aim is to make the chapbook a more relevant medium and a truly useful tool for new writers who want to bring their work to a broader audience.

Here is a look at what we’ve published in the past, but we are open to all work that uses the chapbook length and form in innovative, emotionally resonant, and subversive ways.

2022 Ricochet Editions Call for Manuscript Submissions

Reading Period: June 1 - July 31, 2022

Ricochet Editions invites manuscript submissions that are unpredictable. We are looking for purposeful experimentation with language and form that challenges or plays with convention—whether textual or visual, contemporary or historical, personal or cultural. Send us your texts that merge genres and languages, that draw on found forms, that are collaboratively or collectively authored, that collage, fragment, and blend mediums to expand the limits of the book form.

Ricochet Editions is committed to publishing and promoting innovative, risk-taking work. Since 2012, we have published genre-blurring, hybrid, and unconventional manuscripts, ranging from chapbooks to full-lengths. We publish writers at any stage of their career​​—established and emerging authors alike. We welcome work from underrepresented voices, including BIPOC writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, writers from non-academic backgrounds, and writers with disabilities.

Writers are encouraged to read our previously published books to get a sense of Ricochet’s aesthetics: Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues by Harmony Holiday, Sympathetic Little Monster by Cameron Awkward-Rich, Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted by Dennis J Sweeney, The Hatchet and The Hammer  by Caitlin Scarano, and People I Met From the Internet by Stephen Van Dyck. All titles are available at SPD.

GUIDELINES

Your manuscript should be between 40 and 200 pages, although we’re open to exceptional work outside these limits.

If your manuscript is selected for publication, you will receive $500 and 50 copies of the perfect-bound book with ISBN. The staff will also send out copies to venues for reviews and (if applicable) awards.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Multiple submissions are acceptable, as long as they are submitted separately with separate entry fees.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please be sure to withdraw your submission via Submittable if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please update any changes in contact information via your profile on Submittable.
  • No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered. Authors whose manuscripts are accepted will have the opportunity to make revisions prior to publication.
  • Current students of English or Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and recent alumni (graduating years 2017 to present) — are not eligible to submit. Please direct any further questions to editors(at)ricocheteditions(dot)com.

Submission Fee: $15, free submissions for self-identifying POC and Indigenous writers and writers facing financial hardship.

Every reading fee provides us with the necessary funds to defray printing costs and to compensate our authors.

2022 Ricochet Editions Call for Manuscript Submissions

Reading Period: June 1 - July 31, 2022

Ricochet Editions invites manuscript submissions that are unpredictable. We are looking for purposeful experimentation with language and form that challenges or plays with convention—

whether textual or visual, contemporary or historical, personal or cultural. Send us your texts that merge genres and languages, that draw on found forms, that are collaboratively or collectively authored, that collage, fragment, and blend mediums to expand the limits of the book form.

Ricochet Editions is committed to publishing and promoting innovative, risk-taking work. Since 2012, we have published genre-blurring, hybrid, and unconventional manuscripts, ranging from chapbooks to full-lengths. We publish writers at any stage of their career​​—established and emerging authors alike. We welcome work from underrepresented voices, including BIPOC writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, writers from non-academic backgrounds, and writers with disabilities.

Writers are encouraged to read our previously published books to get a sense of Ricochet’s aesthetics: Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues by Harmony Holiday, Sympathetic Little Monster by Cameron Awkward-Rich, Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted by Dennis J Sweeney, The Hatchet and The Hammer  by Caitlin Scarano, and People I Met From the Internet by Stephen Van Dyck. All titles are available at SPD.

GUIDELINES

Your manuscript should be between 40 and 200 pages, although we’re open to exceptional work outside these limits.

If your manuscript is selected for publication, you will receive $500 and 50 copies of the perfect-bound book with ISBN. The staff will also send out copies to venues for review and (if applicable) awards.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Multiple submissions are acceptable, as long as they are submitted separately with separate entry fees.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please be sure to withdraw your submission via Submittable if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please update any changes in contact information via your profile on Submittable.
  • No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered. Authors whose manuscripts are accepted will have the opportunity to make revisions prior to publication.
  • Current students of English or Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and recent alumni (graduating years 2017 to present) — are not eligible to submit. Please direct any further questions to editors(at)ricocheteditions(dot)com.

Submission Fee: $15, free submissions for self-identifying POC and Indigenous writers and writers facing financial hardship.

Every reading fee provides us with the necessary funds to defray printing costs and to compensate our authors.

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