Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers, including Calyx Press, Hawthorne Books, Oregon State University Press and Woodcraft of Oregon. Hawthorne Books was behind the memoir Wedlocked by Jay Ponteri that recently was recognized at the 2014 Oregon Book Awards.
Hawthorne is a small shop. Publisher/editor Rhonda Hughes says they employ three full-time staff and two freelancers, and have “two to three” unpaid interns at any given time. The literary press established in 2001 is, according to its online manifesto, dedicated to “finding superb writing and giving it the attention it deserves.” And they are pretty good at it judging from the many literary accolades and awards garnered.
They receive about 100 manuscript submissions per year, says Hughes, and accept six. Coincidentally, those odds are similar to student applicants accepted each year to Harvard.
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