About the Press

Bone & Ink Press is a small press based in southeastern Wisconsin, founded in 2017 by Jessie Lynn McMains. Jessie is still the editor, publisher, book designer, web mistress, and mailorder intern all in one. Vanessa Maki is the social media and promotions manager. (Bone & Ink Literary Magazine, the associated lit zine which ran from 2018-2019, had two editors aside from Jessie--Khaya Osborne as Poetry Editor and Arielle Burgdorf as Fiction Editor.)


We are committed to publishing the works of marginalized writers. We are committed to publishing writing that startles like a shout in the street. We aim to publish at least four titles per year--some combination of anthologies, books and chapbooks by individual authors, micro-chaps, zines, etc. And what do we mean by we are committed to publishing the works of marginalized writers? We mean that we are looking for thrilling feats of (literary) derring-do by LGBTQ+ writers, writers of color, women, disabled writers, neurodivergent writers, immigrant writers/people writing in English as a second language, etc. We're not making any rules like "we'll never publish anything by a straight white guy," but we will be focusing on publishing writers who are underrepresented in some way.

We are a very, very indie press, with small print runs, no ISBNs (as of yet), and no distribution through Amazon. We fund all our print runs through preorders and sales of digital copies, plus the occasional donation. After the initial cost of publication is outsold, we split all profits 50/50 with our authors. In the past, we did not charge any submission fees. Now, we are doing "tip jar" submissions for anthologies, which won't effect your odds of being selected in any way, but will get you a faster response and help me pay co-editors, cover artists, and website fees, etc. When we open up for manuscript submissions again, we will be suggesting that, in lieu of a submission fee, you purchase one of our titles--but, again, it will in no way effect your odds of being selected, and there will be an option to waive that if you absolutely can't afford it. I'm trying to find ways to fund this press that are fair for me (Jessie Lynn McMains), others I hire on to help, and our authors/potential authors.

The press is catching up on its publication list before reopening for manuscript submissions. Updates will be posted on the blog and on our Twitter account. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email.

Staff Bios

Jessie Lynn McMains (they/she) is a multi-genre writer, small press owner, zine-maker, and dabbler in tarot, music, and visual art. They were the recipient of the 2019 Hal Prize for poetry, and were the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, WI. They are the author of several chapbooks, and recently self-published a collection of their nonfiction, titled What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk. Their first full-length book of poetry, The Loneliest Show On Earth, was published in February 2020 by Bottlecap Press. You can find their website at recklesschants.net, or find them on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram @rustbeltjessie

Vanessa Maki is a queer writer, visual artist & blk feminist whose work has appeared or will appear in various places. She has self-published chapbooks & has several chapbooks forthcoming or out this year: the chosen one (Animal Heart Press), sweet like limes (Bone & Ink Press) & another final girl (Roaring Junior Press).

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