New for 2015

February 18, 2015

We are very excited to announce two new poetry collections for 2015:

Apology to the Moon
by Jim Daniels


The Bone and the Body
by Laura Kochman

Both titles will be released at Lincoln Park’s annual LAVA Festival and will be available online beginning in late May. Follow us on Facebook for updates and process photos!

2015 Title Announcement

Due to the overwhelming number of submissions we receive each year, we have established a new email account specifically for manuscripts. Please send all submissions to

If you have already submitted a manuscript to our main email,, don’t worry – you do NOT need to resubmit. All other correspondence should continue to be sent to this address.


Our 2014 titles are now available in our Square Market store! Title pages have also been updated:
Poems in Which You Die by Sarah Carson
When You’re Down by the River by Christopher Lowe
Surviving by Davy Rothbart

We also want to take a moment and say thanks to everyone who was able to attend the book release this week. We really appreciate your support!

2014 = Amazing.

February 17, 2014

2014 marks our 5th anniversary, and we’re starting off the year in a big way – by taking on three new projects, each in a different genre, all to be released in May of this year. Without further ado, our 2014 projects are:

Poetry by Sarah Carson!
Fiction by Christopher Lowe!
Creative nonfiction by Davy Rothbart!

We’ll be releasing more information about these fabulous writers and their work in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we’re already hard at work editing, designing, and otherwise obsessing over every little detail. We’re also getting ready for the AWP Bookfair, which will be held at the Seattle Convention Center from February 27 through March 1. We’ll be at table M13. Hope to see you there!

We are beyond thrilled that we will once again be a part of Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s premiere arts and crafts fair, now in its tenth year. We will be holding it down at table 96, back by the food and drink area, so please come and visit us! We will have more than a hundred unique journals and sketchbooks to pick from, perfect for holiday gifting, as well as some awesome book-themed seasonal decorations. This will be our third year at Handmade Arcade, so we already know it’s going to be amazing. No, not just amazing – AMAZING. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, you do not want to miss this. Trust us.

Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend and features over 150 artists and crafters from across the country. Note that parking is free in city garages, but not in the convention center garage. But luckily, there is a city garage just one block away!

Saturday, December 7th
11am to 7pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

music note book

Also, don’t forget that Your Attraction to Sharp Machines is currently available for pre-order. Books will be shipped on or before Monday, December 9, with plenty of time to arrive before Christmas. Here’s the link: buy it here!

Last spring we published Matthew Mahaney’s novella-in-verse, Your Attraction to Sharp Machines, which sold out very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that we decided to do a redesigned second edition!


The second edition of Your Attraction to Sharp Machines presents a more traditional reading experience, in paperback, but with hand applied touches such as silver leaf and handsewn signatures. A limited number will be produced, so to secure your copy (or copies), you can preorder now though our new storefront at Square. Click here! The rest of our titles will also be going up in the coming days as we transition over from our old storefront.

Pre-orders will be shipped by Monday, December 9.


August 30, 2013

Submissions have been coming in all summer long from all corners of the country and elsewhere. We’re on track for another record year, and we’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has sent us a manuscript so far.

Our summer submission period technically ends tomorrow, so there’s still time if you haven’t yet sent us something! There’s always room for more, so check out our guidelines here. We will spend September – December reading through the manuscripts that have amassed and will announce our 2014 titles in January. We know it’s a long wait, so simultaneous submissions are welcome and if you ever have any questions, just shoot us an email.

Send your manuscript to – we’re looking forward to it. In the meantime, check out our publications and follow us on Twitter or Facebook!

We’re Back!

August 28, 2013

by Allison Dushack & Kat Ree, Staff

We are back and better than ever! We have some new students on our team this year, including some returning students! Last year was a huge success with Your Attraction to Sharp Machines by Matthew Mahaney (more info on a second run coming soon) and broadsides featuring the poetry of Christine DeSimone. We are getting ready to start our year and go through this summer’s submissions, but for now, let us introduce to all of our staff members!

First, our returning staff: photo (2)

(from left to right) Autumn, Sydni, Zack, Rae, Sydney, Alyx, and Allison

And here are our newest staff members:

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And then of course, there’s our wonderful Managing Editor, Ms. Mulye! [Photo not available]

Check back soon – we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything that we have planned this year!

Click here to access our Google storefront, where you can now purchase Matthew Mahaney’s Your Attraction to Sharp Machines and broadsides featuring the poetry of Christine DeSimone. Supplies are limited, so act fast. Trust us, you want these poems in your life.

We’d also like to thank everyone who was able to make it to the official book release at LAVA earlier this week – we all had a blast! It’s been an intense year here at BatCat Press and we’re thankful to everyone for their continued support and interest in both our press and our amazing authors.


After next week we’ll be dispersing for the summer. We’ll be back in August, refreshed and with new staff members. We’re so looking forward to next year, but first we need your help: send us your work! Our official reading period begins tomorrow, June 1st, and as always we’re looking for complete manuscripts in all genres and forms. For more details on submissions, click here.

…is happening today!

Your Attraction to Sharp Machines by Matthew Mahaney and broadsides featuring poems by Christine DeSimone will be released into the wild today and will be available online by June 3. We’ll post again with more information very soon, but in the meantime, have a look:


Also, if you’re somewhere in western PA, come to the book release at Lincoln Park’s LAVA festival! 6pm, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, PA. Free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!


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