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The Story of Bowen

Bowen started as a small, independent press driven by the love of exceptional stories and high-quality craftsmanship. Our mission is to provide expert service to proven and promising writers. We bring ideas to life in print through our unique dedication to the power of the written word in the digital age. Bowen partners with talented writers who appreciate the personalized attention only a small press can provide. We offer small-town craft for your big ideas.

Our Recent Books

Eldorado, Iowa

Amy Weldon

The year is 1875, and a young physician’s wife, Sarah Archer, is settling into a new life on the Iowa frontier, expecting her first child. A survivor of the Civil War, she wrestles with troubling memories of her childhood on her family’s Alabama plantation. As Sarah struggles amid anger, love, and the inherited lies of […]

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The Lost Gospel of Darnell Rabren

John Calvin Hughes

Young Darnell Rabren is lost and confused in Mississippi, and he and his friend, Judson Walker, are on an epic quest to discover the meaning of life. Darnell knows a lot, but there’s a lot he doesn’t know, and his misadventures with Judson across the swampy South will leave you as delighted, bewildered, and incredulous […]

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Delirium: Poems

Coty Poynter

In this carefully curated collection of original poems, Coty Poynter explores the experience of absence, disappearance, and loss. The people around us possess great power over us, and Delirium addresses that phenomenon with empathy and beauty. In this labyrinthine fever dream of stages on life’s way, there is always more than meets the eye. Insomnia, […]

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The Sharks of Al Jubail and Other Stories

John Gifford

Featuring “Walleyed,” a Pushcart Prize nominee The nine stories in The Sharks of Al Jubail celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and explore the value of freedom and the meaning of identity. In “What Money Won’t Buy,” a college dropout comes to understand the significance of his own name, and the protagonist in “Something […]

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I’m Just Saying: A Book of Poetry

Aaron Dunn

In I’m Just Saying, his first book of poems, verbal artist Aaron Dunn explores the potential of our shared use of language. His work often suggests multiple meanings through first-person reflection on events, memories, and personal struggle. Through these honest, empathetic, challenging, and interactive poems, he seeks to inspire us all to discover meaning in the […]

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Gladys the Grayish-Green Dragon

Ben Utter / Illustrated by Hannah Lloyd Rosell

Meet Gladys! “Her scales weren’t red like the dragons of China But old gravy gray-green, a color that’s kinda’ Like lima beans plooped fresh right out of a can, Swimming shiny and cool on your plate or your hand.” But Gladys (and her parents) have a problem. She won’t go to sleep! “I do not […]

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The White Nights: Pages from a Russian Doctor’s Notebook

Boris Sokoloff and Ian Ona Johnson

Boris Sokoloff, a doctor in Russia during the tumultuous years of the Russian Revolution and a survivor of the infamous Butyrki prison, has a remarkable story to tell. During his fascinating life he encountered nearly every major political and cultural figure in Russia between 1917 and 1920 and was an eyewitness of or participant in […]

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American Absurd: A Work of Fiction

Pierre Schlag

Mr. David Madden lives in L.A. He’s an ordinary man. Every day, he gets up and drives to work. Only he never gets there. Instead, he drives from here to there, from Westwood to Santa Monica, Santa Monica to Venice . . . and so on. It seems he’s always just going from point A […]

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How do I become a Bowen author?

If you have a good story to tell and a manuscript in progress, let us know about it by filling out our submissions form.

How does Bowen decide what to publish?

We take each submission seriously, and our editorial board assesses each project’s prospect for quality on an individual basis. Read more about our team here.

How long does it take to publish a book?

We aim for a six-month production schedule, although every project is different. If you would like to discuss how long it might take to produce your book, please drop us a line!

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