2Leaf Press is an imprint owned and operated by the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), a NY-based nonprofit organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy.
2Leaf Press’s mission is to publish books of passion and purpose that also celebrate the authentic voices of multicultural writers, because we recognize the need for writers to breathe on their own without suffocating the premise of multicultural literature to death. Oh, by the way, we consider all writers multicultural.
So what are we looking for? We’re interested in publishing literary works, specifically poetry, memoir, narratives, and non-fiction; anthologies and collections of essays and short stories; and novels and historical works as they pertain to literature.
We believe in a sense of place and person, in writing that reveals an essential human story through its directness. We are especially interested in writers who are capable of extraordinary honesty, dignity and insight, and can displace the myths and stereotypes that pervade our culture. We want writers to dig to the marrow: the pain, sorrow, and joy of their existence in a way that connects with the audience differently from what they could previously imagine. We want to provide our readers with some new aspect of our own humanity.
We realize that we are entering a field that is crowded with a formidable group of established publishers and small presses from both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas. What makes us unique is that 2Leaf Press is totally enmeshed in the digital world, and is taking full advantage of the technology at hand. We publish using print-on-demand, and we publish ebooks available on Kindle, Nook, KOBO, Google Play, and iBookstore. Our goal is to create well-designed, award-winning books that are supported with significant marketing efforts as well as aggressive distribution online as well as brick and mortar stores, and promote our writers as much as possible through public readings, forums, panels, lectures, workshops, festivals, competitions, and awards.
2Leaf Pressis strongly attached to its home in New York City, its native language and landscape, and its vast richness of cultures, so we consider ourselves “local internationalists,” committed to bringing readers an eclectic mixture of multicultural writers. As a small press, we’re only committed to a limited number of original titles (approximately 20-25 books), so we’re only committed to publishing the highest quality writing with an original approach and intelligence in concept and execution that can make a difference. We try our best to support emerging writers whenever we can, but the work MUST be excellent and show promise, so please consider this when you submit your work.
And so it begins: the birth of 2Leaf Press, a small press with big ideas!
We have had a closed submission process for quite sometime, yet writers keep sending us queries and manuscripts to a number of email addresses that they dig up on the internet, and as a result, submissions are all over the place. In an attempt to keep our sanity, as of March 1, 2014 we are now accepting submissions through our new 2LP Submission form. We will no longer accept or review emailed submissions, nor will we be able to entertain queries from writers whether they should submit or not. Just fill out the form and as they say, let nature take its course. Depending on who you are and what your synopsis states, we may get back to you sooner rather than later but generally, our response time is in three months.