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Mad Creek Books is the literary and trade imprint of The Ohio State University Press. With a mission to foster creativity, innovate, and illuminate, Mad Creek Books champions diverse and creative literary writing. A platform for artistic, daring, and innovative literary books—in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry—books on the imprint will push boundaries, explore new areas, and generate new ideas. Mad Creek Books is a place for exciting literary work and publishes writers from all experiences and backgrounds, representing the true diversity of the literary landscape.

Book series on the imprint include Machete21st Century Essays (which includes the annual Gournay Prize), Latinographix, and The Journal Non/Fiction and Poetry annual prize series. We also publish books outside of these series. All submissions should come through Submittable, but for other queries about the imprint or series, please email


New & Forthcoming Mad Creek Titles:

Me llamo Marcela: My Story as a Heritage Speaker book cover

Me llamo Marcela: My Story as a Heritage Speaker

Written by Marcela T. Garcés Illustrated by Andrés E. Garcés

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Softly Undercover

Hanae Jonas

Front cover of Through Fences, Written by Frederick Luis Aldama and Illustrated by Oscar Garza, featuring images of several characters from the interior peeking through openings in a chain link fence.

Through Fences

Frederick Luis Aldama and Oscar Garza

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Con Papá / With Papá

Written by Frederick Luis Aldama and Illustrated by Nicky Rodriguez

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Finding Querencia: Essays from In-Between

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

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Ripe: Essays

Negesti Kaudo

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Las aventuras de Chupacabra Charlie

Frederick Luis Aldama
Ilustrado por Chris Escobar

Dark Tourist: Essays book cover

Dark Tourist: Essays

Hasanthika Sirisena

Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology book cover

Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology

Edited by
Alex Hernandez
Matthew David Goodwin
and Sarah Rafael García

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a more perfect Union

Teri Ellen Cross Davis

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Like Love

Michele Morano

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Don't Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen

Edited by Kristen Iversen and David Lazar

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The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie

Written by Frederick Luis Aldama
Illustrated by Chris Escobar

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Latinx Rising: An Anthology of Latinx Science Fiction and Fantasy

Edited by Matthew David Goodwin
Introduction by Frederick Luis Aldama

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Praying Naked

Katie Condon

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On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine

Sonya Bilocerkowycz

Winner of the 2018 Gournay Prize

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Great American Desert


Terese Svoboda

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When: Stories

Katherine Zlabek

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Fear Icons


Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel

Winner of the 2017 Gournay Prize

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Lethal Theater

Susannah Nevison

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Love’s Long Line

Sophfronia Scott

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Apocalypse, Darling

Barrie Jean Borich

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A Graphic Novel

Ilan Stavans and Santiago Cohen

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BK Fischer

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Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer

Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life

Alberto Ledesma

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Lee Martin

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Through a Long Absence

Words from My Father’s Wars

Joy Passanante

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Don't Come Back

Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas

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A Mother’s Tale

Phillip Lopate