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Otis Books

Otis Books publishes contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, with special interests in translation and writing from and about Los Angeles. MFA Writing students are involved in all aspects of the press’ activities, from selecting and editing manuscripts to designing and typesetting books, managing production, and getting our titles out into the world.

Consult our catalog page and please like us on Facebook for updates. You can purchase our books from Small Press Distribution.

We'll next be reading manuscripts during the month of October 2019. For details, view our Submittable page.

Recently Published


  • Steve Castro, Blue Whale Phenomena
  • Dorothy Rice, Gray Is the New Black

Editorial Director
Guy Bennett

Contributing Editors
Gian Maria Annovi, Norma Cole, Mahtem Shiferraw, David L. Ulin

Sonia Barrientos
Jenna Dorian
Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick
Sarah Haufrect
Hannah Martin
Sibylla Nash
Faizah Rajput
Chenfan Tao

Chair, MFA Writing
Peter Gadol