We seek to publish regionally significant works of literary, historical, and social value.

We define the Pacific Northwest as Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.

We recognize the importance of diversity, particularly within the publishing industry, and are committed to building a literary community that includes traditionally underrepresented voices; therefore, we are interested in works originating from, or focusing on, marginalized communities of the Pacific Northwest.

Additionally, our press is concerned with sustainability and the future of the publishing industry. Our OpenBook series represents our pledge to transparency in sustainable book production. By focusing on responsible and efficient printing methods, the titles in our OpenBook series are published with minimal environmental impact. We welcome work that examines and engages these issues.

Because Ooligan has narrowed its focus, our backlist no longer represents our current interests as a press. Some past titles that still meet our current submission guidelines are Oregon Stories, Classroom Publishing, Cataclysms of the Columbia, Ricochet River, Blue Thread, The Portland Red Guide, Alive at the Center, Rethinking Paper and Ink, Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before, A Series of Small Maneuvers, Untangling the Knot, The Ghosts Who Travel With Me, Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest.

We invite you to submit the following:
  • Literary fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Young adult fiction
  • Books about the craft and teaching of writing, publishing, and book production
  • Books on sustainable practices

Please note we will not consider the following:

  • Poetry
  • Middle grade books
  • Cookbooks
  • Self-help books
  • How-to manuals
  • Genre books (i.e. romance, horror, westerns, mystery, thriller)
  • Incomplete manuscripts

The process:

  • Please submit a query letter first
  • If we like what we see, we will request a proposal package
  • Once your proposal package is evaluated, and if we see potential, we will request the full manuscript 
  • Due to our extended review process, please note that proposal evaluations may take as long as three months
  • Thank you for submitting—we appreciate your patience

When submitting a query letter, please include the following:

  • Brief summary of your manuscript
  • Description of the intended audience and potential markets
  • Short paragraph about yourself and your publishing history
  • Contact information

After reviewing your query letter, if we are interested in reading more, we will contact you and request a proposal.
When submitting a proposal, please include the following:

  • Cover letter containing a summary of your work, a projected page count, the intended audience, any marketing ideas, and a list of published works comparable to your book
  • A table of contents (if appropriate)
  • Forty to sixty best consecutive pages of your work

After reviewing your proposal, if we are interested in reading more, we will contact you and request a full manuscript.
We will only review manuscripts that we have expressly requested after receiving a proposal package. Unsolicited manuscripts will be rejected without review.