When I look back at everything Folded Word published this year, I can’t believe how far this press has come in nine years. From Jessie Carty’s 2008 launch of the YouTube zine Shape of a Box to the 2017 inclusion of The Book of Wishful Thinking and Water Ways in a juried design show, we’ve been experimenting every step of the way. Some of the experiments worked, others didn’t; but that’s what experimentation is all about. It’s been a wild ride, and we look forward to launching a streamlined vision for the future of the press on our 10th Anniversary (September 2018).
Our Pushcart Nominees this year came from a combination of our print titles and our blog pieces. We couldn’t be more proud to have the following works at the press:
“In the Gardens of the Fishermen” by William O’Daly (from Water Ways)
We also nominated A Year Unfolding by Debbie Strange for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Award. And for the first time since moving the press east, we nominated titles for inclusion in the New England Book Show:
In July we made the difficult decision to close to unsolicited chapbook submissions. While we’d closed to full-length book submissions some time ago, having a production queue with more contracted titles than we could print in two years made it a necessity to close for chapbooks as well. We have, however, left the door ajar…because we just couldn’t bear to lock it altogether. Our blog has become a paying market, and writers who repeatedly get pieces published on the blog will have the opportunity to submit chapbook manuscripts when publication slots open up. There are no reading fees. We are especially partial to poems, flash fiction, and short essays that explore the interaction of humans with landscape. We hope you will send something our way soon.
Thanks so much for all your support over the years. The press wouldn’t still be here if it weren’t for its extended Folded family: authors, zine contributors, volunteer staff, and loyal readers. I wish each one of you a joyous 2018 filled with hope, endurance, and love.