Resources for Writers
Submissions Opportunity: New Binary Press
A new book from New Binary Press, The Elysian: Creative Responses, highlights just what an invaluable resource this Cork-based publisher has become.
The Elysian: Creative Responses, an anthology which brings together established and emergent writers from Cork’s vibrant literary scene. Edited by Graham Allen and Billy Ramsell, poets, fiction writers and essayists direct their creative lens on what is now, at least vertically, Cork’s standout architectural edifice. The result is a fascinating glimpse into the imaginative culture of Cork over, and now in some ways, beyond, the period of the recent economic crisis.
Contributors include some major literary and critical figures, namely, Paul Casey, Patrick Cotter, Cónal Creedon, James Cummins, Kathy D’Arcy, Madeleine D’Arcy, Cal Doyle, Julie Field, Fergal Gaynor, Matthew Geden, Kevin Griffin, Sarah Hayden, Paul Hegarty, Joseph Horgan, Victoria Kennefick, Denis Linehan, Jennifer Matthews, Thomas McCarthy, Frank McDonald, Danielle McLaughlin, Conor McManus, Mary Morrissy, E. R. Murray, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Colm Ó Ceallacháin, Billy O’Callaghan, Eimear Ryan, Susan Tomaselli, David Toms, and Rachel Warriner.
You can order a copy here.
About New Binary Press
New Binary Press (newbinarypress.com) is an independent publishing house based in Cork city, Ireland. It publishes print books and electronic literature, specialising in more experimental works. It also publishes a number of periodicals, as well as critical works. The press has had a number of critical successes: Graham Allen’s The One That Got Away (2014) was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award 2015, while Unexplained Fevers (2013) by Jeannine Hall Gailey came second in the 2014 Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Elgin Award. In 2016, the press published Karl Parkinson’s novel The Blocks, which went on to earn considerable critical acclaim. Writing in Éire-Ireland 52(1), literary scholar Dr Kenneth Keating argues that New Binary Press has been one of the first to “explicitly cross the division between online and print publishing in Irish poetry in a more progressive fashion”.
New Binary Press Submissions Guidelines
New Binary Press is a very small press that is highly selective. We are currently accepting submissions across a variety of genres, from both established and emerging authors alike. If you have a manuscript that you feel is worth sharing, please do send it to us for consideration, but only if you feel that New Binary Press is right for your work. To get a sense of what we tend to publish—and to support our efforts—you can purchase one of our titles.
Please note that we are overwhelmed with submissions, and can take upwards of 12 months to respond (so only submit if you are really sure that we are the right imprint for you). We do not consider simultaneous submissions, and are not in a position to offer individualised feedback.
New Binary Press is particularly interested in collections of poetry and short fiction, as well as novels and novellas. We also welcome born-digital electronic literature. We also welcome unsolicited works of non-fiction. New Binary Press does not publish children’s literature at this time.
It is very important that you do not submit work if the rights to such work are already bound to another publisher. This is not an issue for any unpublished pieces, but for anything that may have been previously published, please consult with the relevant publisher (this includes journals, magazines and websites).
All submissions should be in .rtf or .docx format. Please do not submit in any other format. In the Cover Note field, please include your full name and contact details. In addition, include within this file a list of any previous publications, as well as a brief biography and outline of any relevant credentials.
The cost of publishing a manuscript is such that we can only afford to publish authors whose work we feel is of a certain standard. Furthermore, because publishing is an expensive practice, we need to publish writers who are not just a critical success, but also commercially viable. Submissions from authors who have already accumulated a minor following, or that have clearly defined markets through which their books would sell, have a greater chance of acceptance. We are not arguing in favour of the commodification of art, but rather, simply acknowledging that there are stark economic realities that need to be faced up to by any independent publisher. We want authors who actively engage with their potential readership and literary communities, and are willing to take on much of the promotion that is required in marketing the type of literature we are interested in, particularly poetry.