The Appalachia Book Company is a non-profit publisher and literary event company dedicated to empowering the voices of central Appalachia. We seek to preserve and promote the rich literary history of our region and to discover and provide opportunities to emerging writers. We publish a quarterly chapbook series called Made in Appalachia along with special projects.
We look for writers who hail from central Appalachia, the Appalachia subregion as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. This subregion includes parts of eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia, southwestern Virginia, and eastern Tennessee. The area is remote, mountainous, and traditionally associated with the coal mining industry.
We also encourage writers with stories based in central Appalachia to submit.
We embrace our local dialect. We won't stumble over phrases like "If you don't care to" or "I'd reckon" or "rurnt." If you have a story with mamaws and papaws settin' under a paw paw tree, we get it. That said, we do not ask our writers to perform their Appalachian heritage. There is no Appalachian identity or subject matter that we are specifically looking for.
We pay our writers and publish in print. We buy exclusive First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) and nonexclusive electronic, online, and archival rights. This means you agree to allow Appalachia Book Company to be the first publisher of your work in North America (meaning your work has not been previously published anywhere else, including personal blogs, websites, or social media), after which rights return to you. We reserve, however, the right to republish your work on our website, blog, archive, or promotional materials both online and in print, and we request that you give Appalachia Book Company publication credit if you republish your work elsewhere.
We seek previously unpublished short stories for our signature chapbook series. Stories should be no longer than 8,000 words. Please allow up to three months for a response.
We seek previously unpublished essays for our signature chapbook series. Nonfiction pieces should be no longer than 10,000 words. Please allow up to three months for a response.
Calling all hilljack writers: What does Appalachia's future look like? We seek previously unpublished science and speculative fiction for an anthology to be published in spring 2022. Stories should be no longer than 8,000 words and must be set in central Appalachia.
Have you written something set in Appalachia? Our writers, editors and academic experts can read your piece to verify linguistic integrity. We will review your work at $10 per page. Please submit your work and we will be in touch