Arkbound is a Bristol publisher that has social enterprise at its heart. The promotion of community development, social inclusion, sustainability and artistic talent forms an important part of our work.
Founded in early 2015, Arkbound enables people to publish and promote books, as well as become Regional Editors of their media outlets. Arkbound bridges the gap between contemporary and ‘vanity’ publishers by offering fully sponsored publication to disadvantaged authors, or alternatively a range of services and discounted packages to those who can afford to self-publish. We are affiliated with a number of organisations that share our vision of a more inclusive, democratically vibrant and sustainable society and donate 15% of profits directly to charitable initiatives.
Arkbound publishes books and magazines.
Our first magazine has been published in Bristol since October 2015. Boundless magazine features a range of pieces from different contributors, including community groups, talented artists and writers, along with exciting features on subjects that were previously unknown! The focus of the magazine is on sustainable living and social inclusion – supporting both community development and artistic talent.
Other magazines are published by Arkbound across the UK and internationally – from Athens to London, New Delhi to Carrick-on-Suir. Why not become part of our network of Regional Editors? It’s free to join and you will be able to access new opportunities for income, career progression, and creative journalism.
We also publish books! In fact, this is our main area of business. Not only do we provide a comprehensive range of publishing services, but we also sponsor authors from disadvantaged backgrounds so they can get their work published and promoted freely. And for those who don’t have a fine-tuned manuscript, we can link up talented authors with experienced mentors so their writing can be developed. With us, it’s not just about the profit line: we are much more interested in developing creative talent and bridging the divides in the publishing world.
Competitions and Awards
Arkbound is proud to be a creative social enterprises that is willing to try out new ideas and concepts. In 2015 we launched the first Annual Arkbound Competition, which had three categories open to writers, artists and journalists. After extensive interest, the Competition has reopened for entries in 2016.
We have also launched a new Literary Award (the Zooker Award) that has a firm focus on encouraging disadvantaged authors and rewarding works of social value.
Regional Editor Network
Our Regional Editor Network has been funded by the Council of Europe (Diversity Accelerator) and aims to provide a means by which people, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, can both start their own media and gain work in established news outlets. It consists of: 1) a mentoring programme, which links up experienced journalists with aspiring ones; 2) workshops and placements; 3) collectivisation of unique accounts from people who are often misrepresented or excluded, alongside collaboration with international outlets; and 4) digital innovation through use of different digital mediums and ways to convey stories/reach new audiences. To find out more, visit the Regional Editor page.
In 2016 we won a new award from the Bristol Go Green initiative (sustainable travel and transport category), in recognition of making all Bristol deliveries by foot and bike only, as well as having each member of staff commute by foot, bike or the occasional slow bus journey! We continue to have a focus on promoting sustainability as part of wider coverage – whether it be reporting on the impacts of climate change or showcasing positive environmental initiatives.
Publishing Excellence Programme
We run a Publishing Excellence Programme with other publishers across the UK. The Programme provides in-office experience, training and mentoring over a period of 4-12 weeks that can cover all aspects of book or magazine publishing (or both). Upon completion, candidates are provided with a certificate, reference, and assistance with gaining onward employment. To find out more, just contact us.
Statement of commitment to environmental sustainability
Sustainability is the foundation of long-term development. Without a firm sustainability strategy, a business is complicit in causing social and environmental harm. Arkbound places the principles of sustainability at the core of its operations and values. We are fully committed to carbon reduction, utilisation of green energy sources, and recycling. We aim to promote and encourage sustainable businesses, lifestyles and greater environmental awareness. All our stationery, books, magazines and paper (including POD) has been recycled or fully accredited as derived from sustainable sources. We are a member of Go Green, Earth Journalism Network and Climate News Network. We regularly publish and promote features about how to put sustainability into practice, and offer generous advertising subsidies to accredited companies who sell green energy and associated products. Step by step, we believe that it is possible to make society more sustainable, fair and vivacious. Arkbound will do its upmost to make the future better for all.
Arkbound believes in accountability and we are a media regulated organisation under the terms of the Leveson Enquiry. We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control and adhere to the Standards Code at www.impress.press/standards
We can only deal with your complaint if you are personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code, a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code (where there is public interest in your complaint) or a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information. Initial complaints must be made to Arkbound in writing: firstname.lastname@example.org or Backfields House, Upper York Street, Bristol BS2 8QJ.
We will acknowledge complaints with 7 days and provide a final decision letter within 21 days. If we uphold your complaint, we will tell you the remedial actions we have taken. If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint, or if you do not hear from us within 21 days of submitting your complaint, you can refer the matter to IMPRESS, 16-18 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6AG (email@example.com).