Status quo is the archenemy of living art.
Zerogram Press is dedicated to contemporary literary fiction written in English. We are primarily interested in novels, short story collections, and novellas, but also publish collected literary reviews and essays. Zerogram was founded on the belief that the literary publishing machinery in the United States is broken: with a few rare exceptions, the editors at major imprints use literary agents to screen new fiction; literary agents, under extraordinary time constraints and industry pressures, may not respond to query letters from authors they’ve never heard of; and most of the prestigious independent presses are very nearly closed to new submissions. If you or someone close to you has written something brilliant, and found no one in the publishing world even willing to read it, you know why Zerogram Press was founded: to discover new voices that might otherwise go unheard.
Zerogram began as an imprint of Green Integer, an independent press with a decades-long history of publishing innovative international literature in translation. Prior to its present incarnation, Green Integer published contemporary fiction and poetry under the name Sun and Moon Press, including the first novels of such luminaries as Russell Banks and Paul Auster. The Zerogram imprint is thus a natural extension of a nearly 40-year tradition of discovery and innovation.
Zerogram Press is venture-backed and financed. We have the resources needed to amplify new voices, and to ensure that status quo does not go unchallenged.