Lara Bernhardt, The Balkan Press

The Balkan Press, a small, independent publisher based in Choctaw, Oklahoma, publishes several book a year, focusing on literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry of highly selected material about character or work that displays character in a fresh light. Also, their biannual literary magazine, Conclave, looks for well-written short stories, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and photography. Bernhardt, Balkan Press editor-in-chief and audiobook narrator, has written two novels and narrated over a dozen audiobooks. She lives in Oklahoma with her author husband William Bernhardt.

Tina Casagrand, The New Territory

The New Territory acepts work from journalists, artists, and provocative thinkers from our American heartland. Narrative journalism and expert commentary in politics, science, and society are the cornerstone of this publication. Literary and artistic pieces that experiment with identity, science, and social progress as well as photographs are accepted. Tina Casagrand, publisher and editor of TNT, seeks photo essays, columns, features and profiles that cultivate regional identity for the south-central states including Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

Jeanne Devlin, The RoadRunner Press

A traditional house based in Oklahoma City, RoadRunner Press is known for publishing books by Native American authors and original voices from the American West. Jean Devlin, 2011 founding editor, is a graduate of the Stanford University Publishing course. She has forty years of experience in newspapers, magazines, and books, served as editor of Oklahoma Today and was original editor of 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995: The Official Record of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Her experience includes work with publishers Simon & Schuster, University of Oklahoma Press, St. Martin's Press and New York Times bestselling authors Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, Robyn Carr and Wendy Corsi Staub.

Kody Ford, The Idle Class

The Idle Class showcases the arts and culture of Arkansas in print and online. A quarterly magazine, it offers themed editions with fresh perspectives on regional artists, musicians, writers, and theatre companies, moves beyond the usual media narrative and speaks directly to Arkansans about their evolving culture. Kody Ford, editor and publisher, springs from a media background, seeking well-crafted prose and, where appropriate, strong visual elements.

Elizabeth Smith Russell, Plum Street Publishers

A 30-year veteran of the publishing industry, Elizabeth Smith Russell named her book publishing company after a side street in Pine Bluff. Now headquartered in Little Rock, PSP offers editing, design layout, illustration and marketing to their clientele. Smith served for thirty years as publisher at August House Publishers. She is an award-winning independent publisher out of Little Rock and Atlanta specializing in storytelling resources and multicultural titles for young readers.

Sara Strong, The New Territory

The New Territory, launched in 2016, is a quarterly publication with a focus on the regional identity of the lower Midwest — its land, people, problems and, best of all, its possibilities. Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas form the heart of the region. Sara Strong, literary editor, springs from the Missouri Ozarks and holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University in poetry. She has worked for various literary journals and seeks fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, comics, and genre-benders with teeth, a heart and a roving intelligence trained on and emerging from this region.

David Scott Cunningham, The University of Arkansas Press

David Scott Cunningham is the senior editor for UA Press with emphasis on civil rights, southern history, and Arkansas history and culture. The University of Arkansas Press, founded in 1980, is the book publishing division of the University of Arkansas. It has as its central and continuing mission the publication of books that serve the broader academic community. The Press accepts unsolicited proposals for scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities as well as nonfiction works of local or regional interest.