Flatmancrooked publishes a fiction and poetry anthology, novellas by debut authors under the New Novella imprint, and novels. As part of the New Novella imprint, Flatmancrooked operates Launch, a program that allows the community to invest in the future of an emerging author based on the merit of work previously published by Flatmancrooked. In keeping with the founding ideals, Flatmancrooked is deeply dedicated to the cultivation of our authors’ careers and support titles with various events and book tours. Flatmancrooked awards three prizes annually: the Fiction Prize (with a grand prize of $1000) and the Poetry Prize (with a grand prize of $500). Flatmancrooked publishes a new piece of fiction on the website every week in addition to a blog that includes commentary on the publishing and literature industry.


Elijah Jenkins founded Flatmancrooked as a fiction e-zine in 2007. In March of 2008, Elijah met James Kaelan. Elijah and James partnered to re-launch Flatmancrooked as an independent online and print publishing house. They set out to do this without taking out any loans and without selling any advertising for their anthologies. They received a micro-grant from a local patron of the arts, and in September of 2008, Flatmancrooked published its first anthology, First Winter, which included new fiction from Ha Jin and a new Jorge Luis Borges translation. In August 2008, Deena Drewis began working at Flatmancrooked as an intern. She quickly moved up the ranks to Senior Editor, and in April 2009 was offered a full partnership in the business. James Kaelan left Flatmancrooked to focus on his writing and teach at Pepperdine in the winter of 2009. Since that time, Flatmancrooked has held events and readings across the country and extended their publishing domain to fiction anthologies, novels, poetry, and an imprint dedicated to publishing novellas by debut authors. Flatmancrooked hosts two annual prizes—the Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize, judged by Aimee Bender in 2009 and Benjamin Percy in 2010, and the Flatmancrooked Poetry Prize, judged by Mary Karr in 2010. Lead by their infamous workaholic executive director, Flatmancrooked has survived and thrived in the worst economic downturn since the great depression, has published authors with PENs and Pushcarts, and has managed to do this with a dedicated staff, a maniacal devotion to their authors, a purposefully-limited, hyper-developed list, and a spirit of innovation.


Executive Director Elijah Mac Jenkins

Senior Editor Deena Drewis

Assistant Editor – Prose/Poetry Josh Neely

Assistant Editor – Outreach Steve Owen

Editor at Large Andy Jones

Editor at Large ● B.L. Pawelek

Online Acquisitions Editor Andrew O. Dugas

Press & Rights Manager Erin Hosier

Assistant Lexus Franklin

Interns Jonathan Danielson & Bethany Rice


Recent Press:

7.1.10 – James Kaelan on the cover of Poets & Writers & We’re Getting On reviewed in Foreword (coming soon)

6.18.10 – Discover Channel’s Tree Hugger.com interviews James Kaelan, author of We’re Getting On, about the Zero Emission Book Project

6.14.10 – Emma Straub, Anya Groner, and Josh Peterson all named in Comma ‘n Sentence’s 15 under 40

6.2.10 – Hipster Bookclub interview with James Kaelan, author of We’re Getting On (Zero Emission Book Project)

6.1.10 – Sactown Magazine (print): named “Best of the Arts in Sacramento”

5.19.10 – The Millions (Emma Straub’s Fly-Over State)

5.18.10 – Flatmancrooked blurbed in Duotrope Interview

5.12.10 – Pablove Announcement (the Zero Emission Book Project)

5.12.10 – Undue Verbage (Straub’s Fly-Over State and Knickerbocker’s Your Rightful Home)

5.6.10 – Sacramento News and Review, review of Kaelan’s We’re Getting On

5.4.10 – Bakotopia story and Review (about We’re Getting On and the Zero Emission Book Project)

4.26.10 – Pank Magazine review of We’re Gettting On by James Kaelan

4.26.10 – The Urchin Movement (about the Zero Emission Book Project)

4.23.10 – Sacramento Press (about FMC’s Annual Reading Thingy)

4.22.10 – The Aggie (about FMC’s Annual Reading Thingy)

4.22.10 – Electric Literature (article by James Kaelan, author of We’re Getting On)

4.21.10 – Fictionaut Five (interview with James Kaelan, author of We’re Getting On)

4.21.10 – The Millions (blurb about We’re Getting On and the Zero Emission Book Project)

4.19.10 – The Rumpus review of We’re Getting On by James Kaelan

4.18.10 – The Nervous Breakdown (Emma Straub as featured author of the month)

04.12.10: The New Yorker (blurb for Seth Abramson’s MFA article for Flatmancrooked)

3.26.10 – New York Times (blurb about Flatmancrooked)

3.10.10: The Green Explorer – on the ZEB Project

3.1.2010: Broken Pencil (profile of Flatmancrooked) (Canada)

2.18.10: HTML Giant – Author spotlight of James Kaelan for We’re Getting On and the ZEB Project

2.15.10: Honeyed Magic – on the ZEB Project

02.03.10: Bookslut Review of Fly-Over State

01.25.10: San Francisco Chronicle

01.08.10: The New Yorker (blurb for editor Deena Drewis’ article for The Millions)

12.20.09: Noses in Books

12.10.09: The Nervous Breakdown

12.09.09: The Nervous Breakdown

08.16.09: The Rumpus

08.12.09: Hayden’s Ferry Review: Arizona State University

07.12.09: Sacramento Press

06.23.09: Chamber Four

06.17.09: Sacramento Bee’s 21Q

06.16.09: Question Struck

05.16.09: HTML Giant

05.15.09: Insight, KXJZ – NPR

05.13.09: Los Angeles Literary Examiner

03.31.09: Nose In Books

03.25.09: Avery

03.08.09: bl pawelek

01.25.09: Fictionaut

01.23.09: GOLDBLOG

01.23.09: ESQUIRE

01.13.09: HTML Giant

11.15.08: flavorpill

10.10.08: Insight, KXJZ – NPR

10.02.08: Sacramento News and Review (print)



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