Bone Shackles Press

Broken Shackles Press, a non-profit community publishing house for marginalized voices of liberation, is pleased to announce a call for submissions with a tentative deadline of Dec 31st, 2015 for its inaugural year of titles in 2017.

Please visit for detailed information about our philosophy, submissions process, community publishing model, and our founding members.

Email if you have any questions, want more information, or just want to make a friend.

We are a community publishing endeavor committed to bringing marginalized voices of liberation out into the world via the written word. We want to do this by working with and building a community of writers, readers, and organizers with lived experiences of oppression and struggles for social, political, economic, and environmental justice. We aim to publish and promote these books by working together, being invested in each other’s success as much as our own, and ultimately standing in solidarity with each other. Our aim is to bring out a number of such books annually in order to establish an ever-growing and evolving platform for marginalized voices of liberation who are ignored by mainstream publishing houses, large and small.

After a couple of trial runs with community publishing, negotiating multiple hurdles and humbling lessons along the way, we’re ready to open submissions for our inaugural set of titles planned for 2017. As already mentioned, the deadline for submissions is Dec 31st, 2015, and will be an annual, rolling deadline with Dec 31st of each year being the deadline for titles two years hence.

The number of titles depends on the number of submissions we get. We want to be flexible and open to different possibilities. We hope to have either quarterly or bi-monthly releases of titles depending on the number of submissions.

Please see the website for further details and forward this call for submissions far and wide.

Finally, as part of our launch and as a simple gesture of solidarity, we are pleased to say that a free e-book version (pdf/mobi/epub) of the debut novel written by one of our founding members will be made available to all who get in touch with us.

In the meantime, we wish you much peace, freedom, and happiness.

Broken Shackles Press

Oppression is defeated when marginalized voices of liberation are heard



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