Thank you for your interest in the Machete series. Please include as much of the following information as you can when you submit your manuscript materials:

  • Title of your manuscript
  • General description/overview (1-2 pages) of your project as well as target audience
  • At least two sample chapters (and expected date of completion), or the full manuscript. Full manuscripts are welcome!
  • Word count of the project (we publish manuscripts that range from 45,000-85,000 words), along with information about any necessary images you plan to include.
  • Explanation of what makes the project unique or important (new form, different subject, new view on an old subject). You can include a round-up of competing books (if any exist), and a brief explanation of the uniqueness of your proposed book. Why would people want to read it? What makes it different and special?
  • CV or Resume

If you are unsure if your project fits the series, please contact Kristen Elias Rowley at  madcreek@osupress.org.

We make every effort to review submissions within 5-8 weeks, so please refrain from sending followup inquiries before the end of that time. Thank you!

More information about the series:

The series is explicitly interested in not only ethnic and racial diversity, but also gender and sexual diversity, neurodiversity, physical diversity, religious diversity, cultural diversity, and diversity in all of its manifestations. The machete enables path-clearing; it hacks new trails and carves out new directions. The Machete series celebrates and shepherds unique new voices into publication, providing a platform for writers whose work intervenes in dangerous ways.

The series is edited by Joy Castro, Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and author and editor of several books of nonfiction including Island of Bones: Essays, The Truth Book: A Memoir, and Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. Her books have won the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award and she has been a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award.

Rachel Cochran has a PHD in creative writing and 19th-century studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the Masters ReviewNew Ohio ReviewGlassworks, and others, and have won the Masters Review New Voices Award (second place) and the New Ohio Review’s nonfiction contest.

Editorial Advisory Board

Chris Abani, Rigoberto González, Daisy Hernández, Matthew Salesses, Ralph Savarese, & Ira Sukrungruang

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