Mission Statement

Xi Draconis, an orange giant star, shines one hundred thirteen light years away from Earth in the constellation Draco, a serpent people of the ancient world saw slithering in the night sky. Of an average magnitude, it burns inconspicuous at the base of the serpent’s jaw, slightly obscured by stellar dust, another point of light among billions. And yet, this point of light, dim and old, still serves as part of Draco’s daggered mouth, with which the serpent battled the Olympian gods for a decade. Though at last Minerva slew Draco and tossed his body into the sky, a cold line of stars remains as testament to Draco’s rebellion.

Thus, Xi Draconis Books seeks to publish literary works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that rebel, that rail against social injustice, against hatred, poverty, hunger, privatization, the celebration of ignorance, objectification, racism, exploitation, sexism, and commodification. We seek works that explore how these perversions warp the human mind, that humanize, where our culture and society would dehumanize. We seek works that complicate, where biased groups would simplify. We seek works that empathize, where others would malign.

This rebellion may come in a variety of forms and voices. Both experimental and traditional techniques are welcome. Tragedy, satire, and things in between are to our liking. Works philosophical or minimal, hyperbolic or understated are all of interest to us. Our one stipulation is that the work we publish must be socially conscious.

We’re also interested in works by authors who have not yet published their first book-length manuscripts. For this reason, we’ve tried to make our website as accessible as possible for new writers who have neither agents nor other publishing contacts.

We rebel against the gods not because we are monsters, but because they are.

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