Run Amok Books publishes book-length fiction and non-fiction. Run Amok Crime publishes book-length crime fiction and crime anthologies. Our unofficial motto is "...go a little crazy." We think that speaks for itself. Reading periods vary depending on special projects, such as anthologies or book contests.  

The Growlery, Run Amok Books’ new blog about writers and writing, is seeking essays in the 500-1000 word range. What exactly are we looking for? Well, like our publisher, we tend toward the obscure and the strange, the irreverent and the profane. We love experimental forms and diverse voices. Above all, we love stories. We believe the story is better than the truth. Or maybe the story is the truth. And we pay! Contributors will receive 3-5 cents per word. We are looking for submissions for the following regular features:

What The Hell Am I Thinking: Writers On Why They Write. Why did you start writing? Why are you still at it? What motivates you and what does it mean to call yourself a writer? What the hell are you thinking?

Greatest Misses: Writers On Failure. We want to hear about the story idea that was perfect in your head but fizzled on the page, the novel that stalled after three chapters or that you couldn’t rein in even after a few hundred thousand words, the unanswered query letters, the emails wishing you the best of luck placing this story/poem/essay elsewhere. We’re not sadists, but simply forever impressed by the way writers sneer in the face of disappointment and keep coming.

Killer Reviews. Writers love and fear reader reviews at the same time, which is what makes them an interesting topic to explore. Here authors discuss reviews they love, chuckle at, and/or are perplexed by.

The Workshop Experience. We’ve all been there, man. Tell us about the inspiring and mortifying, the insane and heartbreaking, the awkward and hopeful moments from your time in creative writing workshops.

PLEASE, PLEASE read a few posts on the blog to get a sense of the direction we're going before you submit. 

Run Amok Books is seeking applicants for two volunteer positions: Communications Director; and Social Media Coordinator. Both are unpaid, remote positions that will require approximately 4-5 hours/week. We ask that successful candidates commit to a minimum term of six months.

Duties of the communications director will include setting up and maintaining the technical aspects of a blogsite. The successful applicant will also update/maintain the Run Amok Books website. Experience with Wordpress and Adobe Dreamweaver is strongly preferred but not required.

The successful applicant for social media coordinator must have knowledge of various social media platforms and some technical expertise with those platforms is expected. The successful applicant should be a creative and motivated individual, who will help to expand the reach and audience of Run Amok Books through social media.

Interested individuals should apply using the form below. Please upload a resume and cover letter. Once the positions are filled, all applicants will be contacted by Run Amok staff in a timely fashion.    

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