Unsolicited Press

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Unsolicited Press is an independent publishing press based out of Northern California, Portland, and Chicago. We focus on literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Whether you craft short stories, novels, chapbooks, memoirs, or essay collections, we want to read it. - See more at: http://www.unsolicitedpress.com/about.html#/

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What do your readers mean to you?
Our readers are the bread and butter of our press. We offer a variety of different style of literature that stick to our gut notion to provide stellar literature to readers who are tired of reading commercial garbage.
What are you working on next?
We currently have six books coming out in the next year.
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A Few Small Stones
Pre-release—available March 1, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,000. Language: English. Published by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The linked stories of A FEW SMALL STONES follow Alice and her extended immigrant family in 1940s New York City as they cope with the upheavals before, during and after World War II. The stories show the pain of separation and the guilt of survival, the price of upward mobility, and the ultimate disintegration of family. In one story, the sexism of the period devastates a brother and sister.
Sometimes, in These Places
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
What happens when poetry, “rises off the cracked surface of grief?” Rebecca Watkins explores both the grief and what rises in her newest collection, SOMETIMES, IN THESE PLACES. Through her thematic exploration of drug addiction, poverty, reticent religion, loneliness, and family, there is, throughout this collection, a frank dialogue that deftly puts us in the dirt, without letting us get grimy.
A Book a Day
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,500. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
"A Book a Day" is an incredibly comprehensive guidebook for author's looking to market their careers and books successfully. Ranging from topics such as building a web presence to crafting a media kit, this book will help writers launch their careers. Authors will also get access to a stunning contact list of 100 editors, agents, and journalists that they can use to help market their books.
Animal Histories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Divided into four sections and mixing poetry with lyric essay, Animal Histories explores the origin, acquisition, and development of poetic language. Contrasting poetic language from language used for communication, the book posits that poetry is maternal, learned in utero by listening to the cadences and rhythms of the mother’s speech (the “mother tongue”) while communicative language is paternal
Spoonfeeding Casanova
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 86,980. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Jack, a recently divorced writer, befriends a wealthy man who sends him on a seemingly obscure quest for book research.
The Minors
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 118,050. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Samantha Heller just found out that her family must move to Chicago at the end of the school year. And even worse, her father must move before the family to start his new job, meaning she has to deal with her mother, the one woman she should be able to relate to, but can’t. In light of the situation, Sam befriends Nick Masters, the contractor hired on to renovate the house.
You Who Took The Boat Out
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A woman takes a canoe out on the water at night and must avoid obstacles barely visible through the water. The illumination of stars reflected back up through the water guides her toward a greater vision of the mystery of the world as it is.
Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,460. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This fresh and open-eyed short stories collection from Portland, Oregon, author - Tim O’leary, is an insightful journey into the micro-moments of other people’s lives. Small moments which together, in verbal pointillism, make up the bigger picture of life in modern America.
By the Wayside
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,620. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Marvelous. Honest. Generous. From the first story to the last, "By the Wayside" catches your attention and demands that you give into its every whirl. Each character unfolds with a precision that will have you wondering how Parrish managed to create such real-to-the-bones people within a world that captivates you with ease.
Watching Ourselves
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 5,980. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Watching Ourselves is a collection of poems gathered in groups: how we watch ourselves grow up, observe others, love, look back; how we watch ourselves come to grief, age, receive, and reflect. We watch ourselves, of course, with difficulty and incompleteness, tasking the poems to strive for a measure of clarity—however partial—as they, like us, struggle to know themselves.
We Might As Well Be Underwater
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,030. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
We Might As Well Be Underwater is a collection of poetry split into two parts: Travelling and Not Travelling. Cooper-Novack lyrically discusses family, love, death, aging, and illness through travels. The collection travels through Cape Town, Sydney, Venice, Moscow, Chicago, Antarctica, London, Tokyo, Oregon, Florida, and many more places while also uniting the world through experiences.
How to Find a Flock
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,030. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2017 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A man decides to transform himself into a bird to escape his phone-wielding, formaldehyde-scented girlfriend. A professional clipboarder spends her days enduring the humiliation cast upon her by potential donors and her nights conjuring visions of the Appalachian Trail. A streaming video epiphany jumpstarts a drug-addled outcast’s plan to become the person she’s always wanted to be.
Scattered Allegories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2016 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
This poetry is alive. The author’s voice is so present, and the pictures they are painting and the emotions they are evoking are so clear, that it is undeniably excellent.
The Filled In Spaces
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,450. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The stories in "The Filled In Spaces" investigate the intersecting lives of strangers and acquaintances, acknowledging that we are all a background character in someone else’s story. The stories investigate the nature of relationships and friendships.
Little Human Relics
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
The poems in Little Human Relics weave themselves through various notions of home: a family farm, the mythic backdrop of Bavaria, a cityscape rife with urban noise and expectations, and the quiet interiors of domestic life.
Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2016 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
In Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria Eleanor Levine has crafted a collection of poetry that will challenge her readers to view their pasts through a new lens: one that is untainted by regret, shame, or fear. She invites her readers to reflect on the honesty in the desire, love, and pain that have driven their lives by following the journeys of narrators using the same lens to view their own lives.
The Belmar Series Complete Collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 179,800. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Meet Jimmy Hanlon. It’s summer, 1987. Image is everything in his Jersey Shore hometown. Jimmy hasn’t kept up. An overweight grandfather in his late forties, he’s lost a cancerous larynx, and on top of that, A.I.D.S. has spiked fears of anyone with a questionable sexual history. In a search for companionship, he encounters a blur of bars, prejudice, familial and romantic love, misogamy, and lies.
Great Divide
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,560. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
After fleeing years of abuse in her Oregon seacoast home, Jane experiences new freedom by moving with her boyfriend to the new world of the landlocked Kansas plains. As she travels, Jane’s progress is threatened by nostalgia and attachment, responsibility and uncertainty.
Summer Mirrors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,670. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
The Missing You in Belmar, NJ trilogy concludes with Summer Mirrors. Change dominates the five main characters and brings their orbits ever closer to their common sun—resilience. As Labor Day approaches, Jimmy strives for mended familial relationships and respect.
James and the Super Gigantic, Very Important Ocean Adventure to Save His Friends
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment
James the octopus and his friends lived happily on Rainbow Reef. One day the friends woke up to find hundreds of fishing hooks hanging above their reef. Scared of getting hurt, they decided to leave the reef and find a new home. They began a long journey through the oceans to find the perfect place to live.
Delicious and Simple Mediterranean Cuisine Uncovered
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Mediterranean, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
Have you ever been to Greece? Neither have I, but that doesn't mean that we can't eat like them. Mediterranean cuisine is comprised of an abundant amount of fruits and veggies, olive oil, fish, bread, and red wine. Sound good? I think so, as a matter of fact the food that Mediterranean people consume is really really good for you. It is all in moderation and contains healthy fats and proteins.
Infinite Drift
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 78,630. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A witty, dark literary novel that follows the turmoils of Eggers, a simple man who must confront infidelity, erratic women and the social woes of his city.
Partly Gone
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,540. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The collection touches on the impact of grief, love, sorrow, and hatred experienced in the everyday lives of characters who may or may not be prepared to handle the outcomes of their choices.
Boardwalk Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,700. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
In the trilogy’s second novel, Jimmy travels a harsh road back from Key West to Belmar. Old suspicions are confirmed, party bars turn ugly, and a bizarre tragedy marks the summer’s turning point. Ronny, June’s companion, becomes July’s antagonist. As Jimmy tries to accommodate Alice, and despite old and new heartaches, he attains his dream job, finds touching rapport with a surrogate daughter, and
Attic Pieces
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,990. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Attic Pieces is a debut collection of narrative poems covering a variety of themes set in rural towns as well as big cities, as seen through the eyes of the old and young alike. To a veteran astronaut unsure of home, to a soldier afraid to leave his, to a fishing town and farmer in their last days; each poem invites the reader into an intimate corner of everyday life.
Missing You in Belmar, NJ
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,410. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Meet Jimmy Hanlon. It’s summer, 1987. Jimmy’s a closeted bisexual in his late forties, nine months removed from a laryngectomy, and in this first part of a trilogy, he’s anxious to find a new identity in his Jersey Shore hometown. He hitches his hopes to a 33 year old lifeguard. The two cruise into summer with an assortment of boardwalk denizens and bar hounds.
The Best Poetry Exercises from Grad School (No MFA Tuition Necessary)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Poetry exercises are a smart way to develop one's "toolbox" -- but why would you want to pay $15,000-45,000 per year to get to those exercises? Our book offers poets at all levels a variety of poetry exercises designed to push you out of the comfort of your style. Not to mention, a brief selection of poetry terms are outlined.
Six Months in the Midwest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,250. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Characters come together in this collaborative short story collection. Dealing with life choices, quirky behavior, and an array of emotions, Six Months in the Midwest is a stand out collection from author Darci Schummer.


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Ohan Hominis
Latest book: Scattered Allegories. Published December 28, 2016.