Call for submissions: Experimental non-fiction

Calling all researchers and writers willing to push the boundaries of form in order to reach new audiences.

Obiter Publishing is currently seeking submissions for works of creative or experimental non-fiction of between 20,000 and 80,000 words. We are particularly interested in works by researchers and writers whose work makes divergent, resistant, and/or intersectional contributions to public discourse.

What is experimental non-fiction?

Experimental non-fiction is any work that is founded in verifiable fact, research, and/or lived experience and which is presented in a manner that blurs or challenges traditional concepts of form. Such works may involve elements of essay, memoir, investigative journalism, narrative non-fiction, analysis, opinion, prose or poetry so long as they are founded in lived experience or rigorous research.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking works of experimental non-fiction that demonstrate originality, creativity, and depth of research. We are particularly looking for works which present heterodox and dissident ideas, imagine alternate futures, and subvert boundaries of form.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • originality of ideas
  • research rigour
  • quality of writing style
  • creativity of form

Who are we looking for?

Obiter is particularly interested in works by writers and researchers who identify as diverse, marginalised, emerging, or outsiders in their field.

How do we publish?

Obiter is a profit-share publisher. That means that we do not pay traditional advances or royalties. Instead, all after-cost profits are shared equally between author and publisher. Obiter is committed to minimising production costs and maximising author profits while ensuring all our titles are high quality, bespoke publications.

Obiter is a digital and print-on-demand publisher. That means all our titles will be published as digital-first and available in hardcopy via print-on-demand distribution services. In some cases, we will produce short print runs for wider distribution.

What do you need to submit?

In order for your work to be considered, you will need to submit the following:

  • A one-page cover letter introducing yourself, your work, your motivations, and your intended audience.
  • A brief (maximum 500 words) author bio or CV outlining your literary, research, and/or publishing achievements to date.
  • A brief (maximum 500 words) synopsis or overview of your work.
  • Two draft chapters (maximum 20,000 words) of your manuscript, including an opening or introductory chapter.

If you think you’ve got what we’re after, then head over to our submissions form. (Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be responded to.)

When can you submit?

Submissions are currently being accepted. We will endeavour to read and respond to submissions as soon as possible.

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