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The Split/Lip Press Mission:

Split/Lip Press is dedicated to publishing boundary-breaking fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid books, lifting the transition boards that prevent fluidity and smashing those we cannot pry up. We love work that questions the concept of truth, and work that reinterprets what we think we know. We prize experimentation (physical, emotional, metaphysical, meta-emotional); we welcome the unanswerable. We want to see the dark and the light side of the moon—or we want to see it obliterated. If your book is a wedge in a crack, Split/Lip Press is the hammer helping you split the wall apart.


Split/Lip Press publishes beautifully designed, high quality prose books and chapbooks. We collaborate with our authors as much as possible to design books which reflect the complexity of their work, and we print on-demand to provide our authors with the highest possible royalties. Each year, Split/Lip Press runs a guest-judged chapbook contest as well as separate submissions periods for flash fiction/short story manuscripts, novella/novels, and memoir/NF-hybrid/essay collections. Since 2013, SLP has been honored to bring innovative and culturally relevant books into print, thanks to the work of our forebears, J. Scott Bugher and Amanda Miska—the previous publishers of Split/Lip Press who helped build a remarkable catalog of books for our shelves.




The Split/Lip Press Team

Kristine Langley Mahler

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Nonfiction Editor


Kristine is a memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska. Her work received the Rafael Torch Award from Crab Orchard Review, was named Notable in Best American Essays 2019, and has been published in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, Waxwing, and The Rumpus, among others. Find more about her writing projects here and @suburbanprairie.

Caleb Tankersley

Managing Editor

Caleb Tankersley is the author of the chapbook Jesus Works the Night Shift. He has won the Wabash Prize from Sycamore Review and the Big Sky/Small Prose Contest from CutBank. More of his stories, poems, and essays can be found in The Cimarron Review, Permafrost, Puerto del Sol, and other magazines. Originally from the Midwest, Caleb and his partner Richie currently live near Seattle.

Pedro Ramírez

Short Story/Flash Fiction Editor

Pedro Ramirez is a Mexican-American writer from New York City. He's worked as an associate editor at december magazine, an assistant editor at Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, and as an assistant and associate editor at Dogwood: a Journal of Poetry & Prose, Fairfield University's national literary journal.

Jayme Cawthern

Book Designer

Jayme is a visual artist with a degree in Painting--but she also does graphic design, drawing, murals, and more.  She has designed nearly all of SLP's book covers since 2015, including Kristen Arnett's Felt in the Jaw, Tasha Coryell's Hungry People, and Jennifer Wortman's This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love. Jayme works closely with our authors to create the cover they envision/dream.

Nonfiction Manuscript Readers:

Yousef Allouzi

Kristina V. Bernard

Courtney Cook

Lesley Heiser

Tucker Lieberman

Mary B. Sellers

Katie Stromme

Short Story/Flash Fiction Manuscript Readers:

Venus Davis

Caroljean Gavin

Holly Hayton

Ryanne Kap

Amy Kiger-Williams

Winona Leon

Keene Short

Julia Spector-Mancini

Christine Spencer