“You don’t reach Serendip by plotting a course
for it. You have to set out in good faith for
elsewhere and lose your bearings serendipitously.”
John Barth, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
Serendipity Press is a brand new indie publishing house located in San Luis Obispo, California, an idyllic spot on California’s Central Coast about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Serendipity Press will release its first three book titles in 2016, dates to be announced. It is our ultimate goal to unearth, publish and promote literary gems. Serendipity Press is not currently accepting book manuscript submissions.
Serendipity Press will also publish The Serendipity Review, a literary magazine committed to discovery fresh voices and shining a light on underrepresented segments of the writing community. The first issue of The Serendipity Review will be published in fall 2017.
In furtherance of our goal of giving ear to undiscovered writing talent, we proudly sponsor The Serendipity Review Short Fiction Contest. The inaugural contest which will begin accepting submissions in spring 2017.
Finally, Serendipity Press will soon publish Lit SLO, a regional magazine focusing on art in all its forms on California’s Central Coast.
Why Serendipity Press?
Editor Leanne Phillips
On January 28, 1754, author Horace Walpole wrote to his friend Horace Mann about an unexpected, pleasant discovery he’d made. He called it a “serendipity,” a word he’d invented, referencing a Persian fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip, whose main characters “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
I chose the name “Serendipity Press” for a couple of reasons.
I love the meaning of the word – a “pleasant surprise,” an unexpected, fortunate discovery – in the context of unearthing emerging literary talent. Every writer was at some point unknown by his or her peers and readers, until someone stumbled onto the writer’s words and excitedly shared them with the world. The word “serendipity” is particularly suited to our mission.
But first and foremost, the name takes me back to a time when my three children were young and we began a tradition of sharing “serendipities” around the dinner table, taking turns telling about something unexpected and pleasant that had happened to each of us during the day. It is not only a positive memory of long-ago time spent with my children, but a reminder to focus on the good in each day.
Commitment to Literature
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