Orbis Editions offers a model for a small press that focuses on using publications as a space for exhibition.  We define a publication to include works on paper and in digital media. Publication proposals do not need to be fully conceived but readiness to go to press is one of the primary criteria in the selection process.
Orbis Editions is accepting proposals from Maine-based artists and writers for art publications in 2018. Historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly. Orbis Editions favors a model for publication that encompasses digital works of art, public conversations, performances, and books, with an emphasis on the conceptual practice of using publications as an exhibition space. We define a publication to include works on paper and in digital media. Publication proposals do not need to be fully conceived but readiness to go to press is one of the primary criteria in the selection process. Proposals will be accepted between February 1st and April 1st. Applicants will be notified by May 1st. Successful applicants will receive an honorarium in the amount of $600 + royalties. Publications are printed at no cost to the artist.
  • The publication program is open to Maine-based artists and writers working in any discipline
  • Publications may be entirely text based or text free
  • Publications may be anywhere from 1 page to 1000 pages long
  • Extra consideration will be given to artists/writers who present ideas or topics that are not well-represented in the commercial sector
  • Orbis Editions encourages applications that push the boundaries of what may be considered a publication
  • We are interested in proposals for image-text works, artist-writer collaborations, and literary-visual “hybrids* whether originally in English or in translation. This may include innovative works of fiction/prose that have integral visual elements and/or extensive typographical play, or that use the space of the book in an unusual way; visual art works with a literary component or departure point, that use text as physical or substantive material, or that have a sustained engagement with narrative; graphic novels or extended comics; artists’ or altered books; etc.