One Hundred Years of Marriage (2nd Ed.) - In a series of interlocked stories, the author pierces the myths through four generations of one American family's mismatched marriages. Dark? Yes, but full of humor too.
She Can Find Her Way: Women Travelers at Their Best [Pre-order] - Women from several generations tell true stories of their most memorable and challenging travel experiences. Read how they overcame adversity while traveling alone.
She Can Find Her Way: Women Travelers at Their Best [Pre-order]
Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell - Including a CD that spans his career, Starr's book reveals and interprets both Powell's aesthetic and ethical roots, and his unprecedented artistic methods.
The story of pioneer women who against their better judgment packed their children and other treasures onto wagons headed into the wilderness.
About Upper Hand Press
Ann Starr is the founder of Upper Hand Press and the author of Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell. Starr is also the author of the online Starr Review, in which she has presented and discussed contemporary fine art and music since 2011.
For twenty years, Starr was active as a fine artist who showed nationally. Her interests as a painter and book artist introduced her to the world of medical humanities, where she became a frequent lecturer in medical schools, medical humanities and art history conferences.
Motherhood and domesticity have been major influences on Starr's point of view, as have been opportunities to work in race relations and to travel, especially in England and Senegal.
Margaret Hawkins is a writer, critic and educator. She is the author of three novels: A Year of Cats and Dogs, How to Survive a Natural Disaster (both published by Permanent Press), and Lydia's Party (Viking Press, to be released by Penguin in paperback in 2015). She's also written a memoir: How We Got Barb Back: the Story of My Sister's Reawakening after 30 Years of Schizophrenia (Conari).
Hawkins wrote a column about art for the Chicago-Sun-Times for twenty years and currently teaches in the New Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received an MFA in painting from the University of North Carolina.
Maggie Kast's debut novel, A Free Unsullied Land, is forthcoming from Fomite Press on November 1, 2015. Her first book, The Crack between the Worlds: A Dancer's Memoir of Loss, Faith and Family, was published by Wipf and Stock. Maggie received an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published fiction in The Sun, Nimrod, Rosebud, Paper Street and others. Her essays have appeared in America, Image, Writer's Chronicle and elsewhere, and a chapter of her memoir won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council and a Pushcart nomination. An essay on symbols in Numero Cinq is currently available online by clicking here. Maggie understands that independent publishing has never been more important than it is today, and we are delighted she is a part of Upper Hand Press.
Web siteChristine Grimaldi is a writer in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she published a widely shared feature story in Slate on straight spouses--straight men and women who used to be married to gay partners. She has also written about the language of sexual assault for DAME Magazine; her tough-guy dad, "Brooklyn Tommy," for The Toast; schadenfreude for The Morning News; and on a range of topics for other publications. A complete list of her published work is available on her website. When Christine isn't writing, she edits nonfiction book proposals as well as nonfiction and fiction manuscripts. She has an MA in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Web siteAnna Sequoia is the author of ten non-fiction books, including the animal rights classic 67 Ways to Save the Animals (HarperPerennial), and the best-selling humor book, The Official J.A.P. Handbook (N.A.L.). Anna was a fiction reader for Atheneum Publishers and Charterhouse Books, a non-fiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and later reviewed both fiction and non-fiction for New Times magazine. A former co-chair of the Publishing Triangle, Anna was a charter member of the National Book Critics Circle. She was most recently Senior Creative Director for Product Promotion at Publishers Clearing House. Photo credit: Ray Ewing
Tina Tocco's work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Crab Creek Review, Harpur Palate, Passages North, Potomac Review, Portland Review, Fiction Fix, and other publications. She was a finalist in CALYX's 2013 Flash Fiction Contest and an honorable mention in the River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. Tina's poetry appears in the anthology Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008). She earned her MFA from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell. Tina spends a lot of her time writing for children, watching sci-fi and British dramas, and fantasizing about living in rural New England.
Upper Hand Press authors write urgently about their experience and ideas. Our writers are people who have things they can't keep quiet about, subjects that won't wear out or dim with age. Our mission is to publish books that with topics, stories, characters, and themes that will challenge, inspire, and surprise you on every reading.
We believe that significant writers are people who work hard whatever their circumstances—whether we bring you the work of an autodidact or of a writer with profession degrees. It's hard work and time taken that create and burnish authenticity, the fundamental in gaining the Upper Hand.
Upper Hand Press reopens for submissions on April 1, 2018. We look forward to manuscripts from new and previously published authors both.
Remember to send your manuscript both on paper and in electronic form!
Upper Hand Press is open to good books that good writers bring to our attention. So far we've published fiction, criticism, an author-illustrated book, a short story collection, and poetry. We don't consider ourselves interested in sci-fi, romance, or fantasy, but the right manuscripts could change our minds.
Upper Hand is edited and published by the owner, Ann Starr (read her Starr Review blog). We have an outstanding consulting editorial board, but Starr is the first reader for every submission.
Be sure to read our Submission Checklist before you send materials. Note especially that we accept only EXCLUSIVE SUBMISSIONS. We make every effort to inform you of our decision within three months. We do not work with agents.
If you wish to query the publisher, please write directly to Ann Starr. You need not include credentials, publication or educational history. However interesting the subject of your query, though, an incorrectly punctuated letter written in poorly constructed sentences has a small chance of piquing our interest. Similarly, letters inquiring about matters fully explained in the website are not well received.
If you think Upper Hand Press may be a good fit, we look forward to hearing from you.
Your submissions checklist
Prose excerpt of under 30 pages, beginning with the book’s first page.
Poetry submission of 12 poems (or other reasonable sample, depending on the form)
One-page letter explaining why you wrote this book, describing its themes, and who you are writing for. Please acknowledge that you are making an exclusive submission.
Include your full contact information: email and postal addresses and telephone number.
A non-refundable $10 submission fee, payable by check or money order to UPPER HAND PRESS, LLC, should accompany the paper submission.
Please take your cover letter at seriously as you take your submissions sample. Cover letters of less than professional quality in terms of mechanics, organization, and content will undermine prospects at this press.
Mail your materials to Submissions, UPPER HAND PRESS, P. O. Box 91179, Bexley, Ohio 43209.
*Yes, the submission fee is required. For one perspective, see an applicant's blog.
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