An imprint of Mazda Publishers devoted exclusively to the publication of literary works in English by writers in exile. These works include fiction, poetry, plays, and also the personal memoirs of established writers.
The name of the press is taken from The Blind Owl, the acclaimed novel by the Iranian writer Sadeq Hedayat, who wrote and published his book in 1937 while in exile in India. Artistically, this work is emblematic of the press’s aspiration to publish literature of similar distinctive merit that might not otherwise reach the attention of the general reading public.
The press has initiated its series in 1998 by publishing a work by a native-born Iranian, Saideh Pakravan, entitled The Arrest of Hoveyda. Thereafter the press intends to invite submissions from writers in exile from all countries. The editors would like to see samples (20-30 pages) with outlines before considering whole manuscripts. The initial response time will be less than two months. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with every submission, otherwise your work will not be returned. Fax queries or electronic/disk mailings for initial submissions are not accepted, nor will telephone calls or letters hasten the process. Submissions will be returned, or the author will be contacted, after editorial review of the proposal.
NEW SERIES WITHIN BLIND OWL IMPRINT.
A Note from the Publisher
For many years, I have been receiving inquiries from aspiring writers, novelists and poets about publishing their manuscripts. Regretfully, I must reject some of them due to various constraints. Every time I do this, it breaks my heart because I know that the world as a whole misses out on the opportunity to experience the new ideas, stories, and experiences captured in those works.
At the outset of 30th anniversary of my publishing company, 1980-2010, I have taken the initiative to change this. I am pleased to announce the formation of a new book series, entitled “Premiere Series”, within Blind Owl Press, an imprint of Mazda Publishers, Inc. The aim of the "Premiere Series" is to assist many more promising new writers to get their first works published than was possible before. Although I still have rigorous standards for manuscripts (after all, the purpose of any publishing company is to produce quality works for the public), the "Premiere Series" will relax those standards slightly in order to facilitate the first-time publication of new authors, helping them to establish themselves within the world’s literary body.
A. K. Jabbari, Ph.D.
Imprint: Blind Owl Press
Series: “Premiere Series”