Folded Word is an independent literary press that is passionate about finding new voices and using technology to find an audience for those voices. While technology is at the heart of everything we do, we find ways to honor centuries-old publishing traditions whenever possible. We believe technology should not be an end to itself, but merely a tool to keep literature in the hands of readers in a sustainable fashion.
Our Green Edition chapbooks were a nod to this sustainability goal. Green parchment paper made the cover literally green. A 100% recycled content paper made the textblock figuratively green. These chapbooks were made to save green as well, being modestly priced and lightweight to save on postage (and thus fossil fuel during shipping).
Our Signature Edition chapbooks were a nod to traditional craftsmanship. Hand made with archival quality materials, these numbered chapbooks were limited to a print run of 75. Watch one being constructed below:
Due to our ever-expanding list, however, we are no longer making chapbooks by hand. As of 2013, we now print our chapbooks in a 5×7 paperback format, distributed by the Ingram network alongside our full-length books. In 2014, we started offering subscriptions to the annual chapbook list.
What is a chapbook, you ask? Chapbooks are collectible artifacts that contain around 24 pages of poetry, fiction, essay, or just about any other subject matter. Historically they were made from one large sheet of paper that was folded, sliced, and bound to make 8, 12, 16, or 24 page booklets. They were often illustrated with random woodcuts—produced to be affordable by “commoners” who bought them on the street from “chapmen” (thus the name chap-book). Today’s chapbooks range in production methods and artistry to including just about anything that is bound in one signature.
If you are interested in publishing a chapbook with us, please review our submission guidelines on our editorial blog.