Since 1986, Kalamalka Press has published more than 20 books and anthologies focused on poetry, fiction and literary criticism by both new and established writers. At its inception Kalamalka Press focused on Canadian writing and solicited a long list of poetic contributions through the Kalamalka New Writers Competition. Recent work in the Mackie Lecture and Reading series has emphasized national and international Canadian writing on a diverse array of issues: war, environmentalism, poetics, and memoir.
In 2012, Kalamalka Press shifted its focus to publishing shorter, fine-press books, whose content has been solicited through poetry and prose contests, writer residencies, and selected submissions. Kalamalka Press has also incorporated an educational emphasis on the arts of typesetting, letterpress printing, and bookbinding and works in partnership with Okanagan College's Writing and Publishing Diploma Program.
In addition to its publishing activities, Kalamalka Press has a long-standing partnership with the Mackie Lake House for the Writer-in-Residence in Vernon, BC. On an annual basis, selected authors participate in a two-week residency program at the historic Mackie Lake House where they have the opportunity to concentrate on various writing projects. This Writer-in-Residence partnership also includes readings and lectures for students and the community and is called the Mackie Lecture and Reading Series.