About

Burrow Press is a nonprofit, literary publisher based in Orlando, FL. Our mission is twofold: to publish the best contemporary literature by new and established authors, and to foster literary community in Orlando and Florida.

Since 2010, BP has provided over 1,000 opportunities for writers to publish and share their work.

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Burrow Press Books publishes contemporary literature that is often (but not always) by Floridians and/or about Florida. Carried in independent bookstores and libraries throughout the country, our books have received positive reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, The Brooklyn Rail, the Tampa Bay Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. BP books have won an Independent Publishers Award, have twice been shortlisted for the Firecracker Fiction Award, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. We currently do not accept submissions for our print books. No queries, please.

If you don’t purchase books from our online store, we strongly encourage you to support your local indie bookstore.

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Taken out of context from a mediocre translation of Rimbaud’s poem, “The Drunken Boat,” Fantastic Floridas is the online hub for all things Burrow, Florida, literature, and everything in between. A new story/essay/poem is featured each week, in addition to other news and highlights. Formerly known as Burrow Press Review, work appearing in these digital pages has won two Best of the Net Awards, been anthologized in Best American Poetry, and been twice featured as “Notable” in Best American Essays. We screen submissions year-round, so read our guidelines and send us your best work.

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Functionally Literate: a literary function is our free reading series that pairs the best writers in Central Florida with visiting writers from all over the world, bringing contemporary literature to the city of Orlando. Past Functions have hosted a slew of talented visitors, including NY Times-bestselling authors Jeff VanderMeer and Lauren Groff; Irish poet Annemarie Ni Churreain; award-winning Portuguese novelist Jacinto Lucas Pires; the great Southern writer Padgett Powell; and the Director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas.

Originally founded by Tod Caviness, Loose Lips takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at Lil Indies, and challenges writers to share new work inspired by the last 30 days of news. Hosted by a rotating cast of local, Orlando writers.

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Burrow Press publishes four, carefully selected books each year, offered as an annual subscription. Subscribers directly support our publishing program, putting more money into our authors’ pockets and allowing us to take more artistic risks with what we publish. In return, subscribers get the year’s 4 books + ebooks + free shipping, and membership into our not-so-secret society: the illiterati, to whom we offer random and delightful perks throughout the year.

Florida isn’t known as a bastion of literature. Being one of the few literary publishers in the state, we embrace this misperception with good humor. That’s why we refer to our subscribers as “the illiterati,” and recognize them each year in our print books and on this site.

To follow a specific publishing house, just as you might follow a record label, requires a certain level of trust. Trust that you’re going to like what we publish, even if our tastes are eclectic and unpredictable. Which they are. And even if our tastes challenge your own. Which they might.

80% of books in the United States are published by 5 commercial publishers. Burrow Press is one of the only independent literary presses in Florida.

We thrive on the direct support of enthusiastic readers like you. We also receive generous support from companies, foundations, and other patrons that have helped Burrow, since our founding in 2010, provide over 1,000 opportunities for writers to publish and share their work.

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