Ugly Duckling Presse

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Our offices and workshop are located in the Old American Can Factory in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, NY. We are available for visits by appointment only.

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+ General Contact Info

postal & street address
Ugly Duckling Presse
The Old American Can Factory
232 Third Street, #E303 (corner Third Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Regarding customer service issues, site visits, class tours, shipping questions, intern and volunteering queries, space rental for workshops and one-off events, please write to

For bookstore orders or to order books for a class, please contact

To query about letterpress printing or design for hire, please write to

To request a review copy or desk copy or catalog, to query about an event or bookfair, to contact our authors, or for any other press enquiries, write to

For reprint queries, foreign rights, or translation rights, please contact

For billing or invoicing questions, write to


See the Old American Can Factory web site for detailed driving and mass transit directions.

access for individuals with disabilities
UDP is committed to getting the work of our authors to all who are interested. We will make available large-scale PDFs upon request. For those with mobility disabilities, we can provide access assistance for UDP-related events.  For more information or to request a large-type PDF, please contact UDP at the email or phone listed above.

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+ Ordering Info

Please visit our Online Catalog. This is the surest way to find and purchase our titles.If you purchase a book through our site, please make sure you go through all the steps in checkout. Discount codes can be added at time of checkout. Many of our books, though not all, are also available for individual purchase from our distributor, Small Press Distribution. If you’re in the UK, you can check the Inpress website; they carry some of our titles and offer free shipping in the UK. More information on UK distributors is available here.

Find your book using the Online Store, the Catalog, or the dropdown menus to your right. Then, fill out and send in our order form along with your check.

Please visit our list of Partner Bookstores, independent booksellers who have agreed to carry all or most of our catalog on an ongoing basis. If your local independent bookstore doesn’t carry our books, you can ask them to order a copy for you, either directly from us or from Small Press Distribution (SPD). Bookstores in the UK can order our books from Inpress.

For a review or desk copy of a particular title or to be added to our general reviewers list, please send an email to

If you are looking for information about our subscription program, please visit our Subscriptions page.

If you are a bookseller interested in ordering just one copy or in stocking UDP title at your store, please see theDistribution page on our site for more information.

Ugly Duckling Presse offers a special yearly Library Subscription, which is a good alternative to the Standing Order. You may purchase a library subscription online or send a purchase order to Many of our titles are also available through the usual library-distribution services as well as through Small Press Distribution.

Full-length (perfect-bound or smyth-sewn) titles may be orderd from SPD/Small Press Distribution: We can also fulfill most academic orders directly. For chapbooks and other hand-bound or specialty titles, please contact us at orders [at]

+ Distribution

UDP books are distributed to the trade by a variety of distributors.

– Small Press Distribution (our main distributor and carries all UDP full-length titles, as well as some chapbooks)
– DAP (for art-related titles)
Inpress (for UK)
Antenne Books (for art-related titles in UK)
Unbound (to order Emergency INDEX in UK)
Publishers Group Canada (for Canada)

We are happy to arrange direct sales or consignment at standard trade discounts and with returns accepted for credit.
Please send a purchase order or a query to, or call us at 347-948-5170.

We also have a Partner Bookstore program made up of independent bookstores around the US and abroad, through which booksellers are given special discounts in exchange for keeping their shelves well-stocked with our books and chapbooks. If you are interested in the Partner Bookstore program, please contact   For a list of current Partner Bookstores, please click here.

In addition to our Partner Bookstores, there are about 30 bookstores around the US that carry 6×6 magazine. To carry 6×6, please contact, or call us at 347-948-5170.

+ Consignment

We work with partner bookstores on a consignment basis, especially for our chapbooks and 6×6. Interested booksellers should contact:

+ Intern/Volunteer

Ugly Duckling Presse is a volunteer-run collective that depends on the support of interns and volunteers to keep going. Want to get involved?

We welcome volunteers on an as-needed, as-offered basis, usually on Presse Days (occasional Saturdays) during which we bind, assemble, pack, etc. You can sign up to receive notice of Presse Days by joining the Volunteers Mailing List

INTERNSHIPS are two days a week plus Saturday
We are not accepting internship applications at this time. Please check back later for upcoming internship opportunities. Here’s what an internship with UDP looks like:

You’ll work with our Managing Editor and Presse Manager to oversee the daily operations of the Presse: packing orders, promoting events, coordinating review and subscriber mailings, maintaining our database, and all the many tasks, large and small, that go into keeping the Presse running. You’ll learn how to update our website, design promotional materials, print covers, bind chapbooks, and charm reviewers. You’ll help edit, proofread, assemble, promote, and sell every one of the UDP titles we print during the course of your internship. You’ll partner directly with UDP editors on everything from fundraising to fact-checking. And we will never, ever ask you to get us coffee.

What you’ll gain: An amazing experience, a place in our community, and the skills to run a small press. Previous interns have started their own literary magazines, founded small presses, started reading series, published their own books, and become members of the UDP volunteer editorial collective.

What you’ll give: An internship with Ugly Duckling is demanding, rewarding, and unpaid. We’ll ask you for three days a week of your time: two weekdays (TBD) and Saturday.

If you are interested in interning with us, please send a hard copy of your resume with a cover letter to the UDP address below. Students, recent grads, not-so-recent grads, ABDs, and dropouts most welcome!


Please send inquiries/materials to:

Ugly Duckling Presse
The Old American Can Factory
232 Third Street #E303
Brooklyn NY 11215

+ Apprenticeships

The 13-month UDP Apprenticeship is open only to past interns or long-term volunteers at UDP.

Apprentices work one day a week at UDP and one day’s worth at home, becoming deeply familiar with one aspect of what UDP does, and they are considered an integral part of the UDP team.

There are several fields for apprenticeships; currently these are Development (grant writing), and Publicity. However, at any given time we will only have one apprentice per field.

Apprentice duties  include: 1) about one or two hours of advanced clerical work (light bookkeeping, processing online orders, etc.) ; 2) managing interns in navigating projects specific to the apprentice’s field as well as assisting interns in their daily tasks; 3) special field-based projects; 4) occasional proofreading for books.

There is a stipend of $120/month.

We ask for a commitment of 12 to 13 months, depending on the timing of the beginning of the apprenticeship. There will be a one-month vacation in both the summer and the winter.

We send out an email to former interns and long term volunteers when applications are open.