Literary with a socially conscious eye, Automata is dedicated to under-represented voices in the arts.

We’re offering this full pdf edition of the first issue for free. The second issue–featuring the art of Jean Varda, one of Carolyn Cassady Sylvia’s memories of her father Neal Cassady, and an interview with TC Boyle–is available at City Lights Books in San Francisco, Left Bank Books in Seattle, in-store at the Open Book in Grass Valley, and other independent bookstores across the nation.

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The zine’s title and image are meant to pay homage to the analog brilliance of 18th century automata, as well as to that phase of the artistic process that has us following the script of our inspiration. The mechanical merges with the imaginative, the incendiary, and the emotional.

While most of our pieces are solicited by the editors, we do accept emerging voices across short fiction, memoir, poetry, non-fiction, and the arts. Please read an issue of Automata to familiarize yourself with the average length and style of a piece. Please e-mail info@theopenbookpress.com for more information or to submit a piece for consideration.

Our turnaround time is less than 3 months and while we do accept simultaneous submissions, please notify us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

All artwork and content, other than that of our contributors, is copyrighted by the Open Book Press © 2017.