The Ephemeral Bookshop

In April and May of 2020, a unique bookshop will open at Mule Gallery in North Beach. It will almost certainly disappear soon after. Like the common fruit fly, it is destined for a short and confusing life.

The shop will be filled with work that invites a Bay Area that is stranger, kinder, more colorful, and more inclusive. We are looking for authors, artists, cartoonists, poets, game designers, etc. to fill our shelves and displays. We are also (very) open to hearing about events you think our shop could put on. For instance: readings, rituals, panels, salons, or experimental theater. If you have an idea, we’ll give you our time, our attention, our ink, our paper, and our counsel — if you want it.

We hope you’ll consider putting your work in our shop, especially/even if:

We’ll happily facilitate the sale of any original pieces in the show, and we highly encourage using our Risograph to make prints and zines to sell during our entire residency in the space, as well as on our online store, if you like. We’re committed to finding ways to help your work reach more people and make you more money. Accepted submissions will have access to our Risograph print shop, including all the ink, paper, and assistance we can provide.

We also have a limited ability to pay materials stipends, please don’t let needing funds stop you from submitting.


How do I make a submission?

Send an email to and make it clear that you’re submitting a piece for the shop. Describe the piece in as much detail as you can, and tell us what you would need to make it a reality. This is not a closed-envelope situation, it’s the start of a conversation.
Don’t worry too much.

When will I know if my piece has been accepted?

We will do our best to respond to all submissions within 48 hours to let you know we’ve received the submission. We’ll send out acceptances no later than March 13th.