About Us

Why was Sword & Saga Press started?
Sword & Saga Press was formed in an effort to be part of the creative engine publishing fiction, poetry and essays. We ascribe to the philosophy that the world of publishing is in the hands of only a few, and can, at times, stifle the voices of countless authors.

 The artist, Banksy, said it best: "The Art we look at is made by only a select few. A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decides the success of Art. Only a few hundred people in the world have any real say. When you go to an art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires."

 It is our wish to deliver to our audience unique and inspired fiction from around the world. We live outside of the boundaries and confines developed to oppress, and rise to elevate the unheard.

What titles have you published?
We're proud to feature The Last Man Anthology: Tales of Catastrophe, Disaster, and Woe, a Mary Shelley tribute, that brings together nearly forty writers from across the world, including such luminaries as Ray Bradbury, C. J. Cherryh, and Barry N. Malzberg. We've also launched American Athenaeum, a print journal that blends the past and present for a museum-like experience. We’re interested the voices of the current generation, while presenting them against those of the past in order to consider where we’ve come, as a civilization, where we are now, and where we will be in the future.

Will you be publishing more titles?
Yes, visit our submission guidelines for information on contributing.
We support freedom of expression and freedom to write.

For general inquiries: AmerAthenaeum@outlook.com
Submission: https://swordandsagapress.submittable.com/submit


Please take a moment to review the bios for our editors. We volunteer our talents from different parts of the world. Take a moment to explore our work, and learn more about us. 

Hunter Liguore is an American writer, who holds degrees in history and writing. Her published work has appeared internationally in a variety of venues, including: JSTOR DAILY, The Writer's Chronicle, Bellevue Literary Review, The Irish Pages, New Plains Review, Empirical Magazine, The Master's Review, Descant, Rio Grande Review, Rattling Wall: PEN USA, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Mason Road, among others. Her short story, "Design of One’s Day,” is a finalist in the Austin Chronicle short story contest, 2015. She has been named the 2015 Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood in CT. She is the editor-in-chief of the print journal, American Athenaeum. She teaches undergraduate and graduate writing in New England. Her novel, "Next Breath," is represented by the Regal Literary Agency in New York. www.hunterliguore.com

Poetry Editor
Heidi C. Parton received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Augusta State University and her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She primarily writes fiction and poetry and freelances as an editor. Heidi’s poetry has been featured in Sugar MuleObsession Lit Mag, and The Whirlwind Review, Subprimal Poetry ArtShe currently lives in the US with her family. heidicparton.com.

Fiction and Non-fiction Editors
Jan Nerenberg earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University in Wales. A long-time storyteller she has published in multiple genres: poetry, nonfiction, essay, and fiction. “Misako and the Dragons,” a children’s fable, has been published in two anthologies. She’s currently working on a Young Adult crossover novel, Standing Stone.

Past Interns and Editors

Joanna Cooke (editorial intern, Lesley University, Spring 2014, Fall 2013) holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College and MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University. She writes pictures books and young adult novels. Two of her YA works-in-progress have international settings—a definite reflection of her love of traveling. She lives near Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, WY, with her husband, son and, according to a recent scientific study, sixty grizzly bears.

Gene Luetkemeyer is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing student at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He has published short fiction in Sou’wester,Opium Magazine, and Del Sol Review. His self-published a memoir, The Book Of Chuck, is available on Amazon. He is currently working on a collection of connected stories, A Brick Of Squares And Other Penitentiary Tales. He lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

erica l. kaufman earned her BFA from Emerson College in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and in June 2013 earned her MFA in Writing for Young People at Lesley University. Her work most recently appears in Things I’ll Never Say: Stories of Our Secret Selves, published by Candlewick Press, 2015.

Anne Riesenberg (editorial intern, Lesley University, Spring 2014) an acupuncturist and meditation instructor in Portland, Maine  is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University.

John Dudek (former poetry editor, 2012-13) is an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary interests are urban decay, the role of the Lyric in contemporary thought, and the rusted fenders on classic motorcycles. *See our blog for specific interests in submissions.

Sabrina Fedel (editorial intern, Lesley University, Spring 2013) holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in litigation and environmental law. She has published professional articles with West Publishing Group and The Golden Penn, and has reported on case law for The Lawyers' Journal. She holds an MFA from Lesley University.

Brenda Bickham received her BA in English Literature from NYIT and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She recently completed a YA contemporary novel and is currently working on the first novel in a mystery series with elements of magical realism.

Elley Polonkey (editorial intern, Lesley University, Fall 2012) is an American expatriate formerly living in Bangkok, Thailand. She holds an Anthropology degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University. Elley is currently writing a travelogue from a global-nomad parenting perspective, which discusses how touring world wonders such as the Louvre, invariably end with meltdowns or someone covered in vomit.

Nathan Tavares is a graduate of Lesley University's MFA in Creative Writing. When he's not writing, he enjoys traveling, photography, and hours-long Wikipedia benders. He likes to write about benevolent frauds, love, and the end of the world. His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, among others.