This is the latest post in a series looking at publishers who will accept submissions from writers, even if they are not represented by an agent. Please note that The Atavist may not be suitable for your work and I suggest you examine their website before submitting. They are based in the US.
The Atavist is a boutique publishing house producing original nonfiction stories for digital, mobile reading devices. We like to think of Atavist pieces as a new genre of nonfiction, a digital form that lies in the space between long narrative magazine articles and traditional books and e-books. Publishing them digitally and offering them individually—a bit like music singles in iTunes—allows us to present stories longer and in more depth than typical magazines, less expensive and more dynamic than traditional books.
If you’re a writer with a longform nonfiction story idea you’d like to pursue, you can send us pitches to the general email address above [[email protected]]. Please keep in mind the types of stories we’ve done and do, which are typically 6,000 words or longer, heavily narrative, and requiring weeks if not months of reporting, writing, and editing. We can’t promise at the moment that we’ll be able to respond to all pitches, but we try, and feel free to ping us again if we don’t after a couple weeks.
You can find out more at The Atavist.