• Thursday, April 10, 6pm University of Rochester Literary Translation Studies Department Exact address Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester
  • Sunday, April 13, 3pm Malaprops Books 55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801 Free
  • Wednesday, April 16 6:30pm The Book Larder 4252 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 Free
  • Thursday, April 17, 7pm Hopleaf 5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 Free
  • Friday, April 18, 6pm Seminary Co-Op Bookstore 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 Free
  • Wednesday, May 7, Stony Brook University: Program in Writing Reading Series Free
  • Thursday, May 15th, KGB Lit Bar 85 East 4th Street, New York NY 10003 7pm Free
  • Wednesday, June 11, BookCourt 163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 7pm Free
  • Thursday, June 26th, 10:00am Epoch Assisted Living at Brewster Place 855 Harwich Road, Brewster, MA. 02631 Free
  • Tuesday, September 30, Prairie Lights Bookstore 15 South Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240
We champion the weird, the unwieldy, and the unclassifiable.

This form is for submissions only. For general inquiries, please send us a note at contact@blackballoonpublishing.com.


Want to submit to Black Balloon?

We're actively looking for new authors, voices, and digital collaborators. Does your work overlap with what we publish?

The sadly named slush pile has a sordid history in publishing, but without it, we wouldn't have Philip Roth, The Diary of Anne Frank, or even that famous series about sparkly vampires. Black Balloon does accept submissions, and we try to read as many of them as possible. Just give us some time to digest your query, as we do receive plenty of emails a day.

Send us a brief summary of your project, and if we like it, we'll beg you for more. After all, who knows what treasure could be hidden amid the piles of robot erotica?

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Illustrated Work:

In our continuous quest to discover and champion books that resist being easily classified, Black Balloon Publishing is issuing an open call for illustrated novels and illustrated works of nonfiction. 

What do we mean by this? Easy, if you have a narrative project that resembles books like And Every Day Was OvercastImportant Artifacts . . . A Humument, or The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet we want to see it. 

Projects that will delight and intrigue us will treat text and illustrations as equals; the one will need the other to pull off the story.

We are not looking for children's books or traditional graphic novels. 

Submit a PDF of a sample chapter with both text and images (lo-resolution or watermarked images is fine) of up to 40 pages, and written proposal and outline as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file of up to 10 pages through our portal at Submittable.