Arsenal Pulp Press is a publisher in Vancouver, with over 200 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction and non-fiction; cultural and gender studies; gay, lesbian, and multicultural literature; cookbooks; and guidebooks. They are interested in literature that traverses uncharted territories, publishing books that challenge people and ask questions about the world.
Arsenal Pulp Press began in 1971 as Pulp Press, a literary collective that provided a counterpoint to the academic pretensions of Canadian literary publishing at that time. Throughout the 1970s, it became infamous for the 3-Day Novel Contest and 3-Cent Pulp, a literary magazine that sold for three cents. In 1982, the original Pulp Press went bankrupt after its distributor Beatty & Church went out of business; it was reconstituted as Arsenal Pulp Press. Today, Arsenal publishes between 15 and 20 titles a year; it has been shortlisted twice for the CBA’s Small Press of the Year Award, and in 2007 won the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award from the Association of Book Publishers of BC.
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