Who We Are

Founded in 2011, Tree Light Books, the print arm of Ghost Ocean Magazine, publishes handmade chapbooks of poetry and prose.

We publish books that are relentless in their energy, ambition, playfulness, and language—books that refuse to be forgotten. We prefer projects that are slightly off-kilter; that construct a new world, possibly from the bones of our own, and exhibit a strong sense of place; that shatter expectations and language. We want the godless prayer you keep buried in the riverbed, the confession sewn into your pillowcase. 

We value working with writers who are willing to take risks, who aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty in further polishing their projects, and who are eager to be active participants in the process of molding a manuscript into book. We frequently consult our authors on artistic/aesthetic choices, as well as editorial decisions, and we are invested in our authors and their futures.


Heather Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Timothy Moore, Consulting Editor, Fiction
Jude Marr, Consulting Editor, Poetry


Submissions to Tree Light Books are currently closed. During the off season, we only accept queries from POC and LGBTQ folks. POC and LGBTQs: email treelightbooks@ghostoceanmagazine.com with queries.

The winner of our annual chapbook contest receives publication from a Pushcart Prize winning press (that’s us!), one-tenth of the print run as author copies (ex: We print 100, you get 10 copies on the house.), discounts on future copies and all TLB titles, as well as prize money. All finalists are considered for publication.

We recommend familiarizing yourself with our catalog before submitting. You can purchase our books here.