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About Bellwether

Bellwether is an independent publisher of exceptional fiction and creative non-fiction. We are currently based in Zanesville, Ohio. Our titles are distributed internationally.

An imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association, we’ve been publishing the best of Ohio writers’ short stories since 2009.

Contact Bellwether

Contact Bellwether by email at

We don’t know why you would, but if you need to send us something in the mail please send it to 47 N. 4th St., Suite 204, Zanesville, OH 43701.

Please do not mail paper manuscripts or other correspondence to us. It will not be considered or returned. For information on submitting your work for consideration for publishing, see our submissions page.

Mission and Philosophy

Bellwether’s mission is to take the raw talent that pools in Ohio, produce exceptional books from that work, and lead readers to discover great literature. We actively seek new and established authors with work of literary merit.

History of Bellwether

The idea for Bellwether was developed in 2017 by the Ohio Writers’ Association founder Brad Pauquette and publishing director Emily Hitchcock. An evolution of Columbus Creative Cooperative, Bellwether evolved as its own imprint to create publishing opportunities for Ohio authors beyond anthologies of short stories.

The Ohio Writers’ Association was founded in 2009 as Columbus Creative Cooperative by Brad Pauquette, with a mission “to connect local writers with local readers.” The group held writers’ workshops (peer critique groups), published anthologies of short stories by Central Ohio authors and hosted events throughout the region.

Over the same time period, the group partnered with organizations around Ohio and around the country to offer unique events, contests and classes.

In 2017, it was apparent that the group was growing beyond its original mission and ready to evolve. Brad Pauquette and CCC’s Deputy Director Emily Hitchcock began an evaluation process to reassess whom the group was effectively serving, and how the organization could best continue to make resources and opportunities available to the writing community.

On June 1, 2018, the organization officially changed its name to the Ohio Writers’ Association, and Bellwether was launched as its own imprint.