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 have helped build a remarkable catalog of books for our shelves.




The Split/Lip Press Team

Kristine Langley Mahler

Director and Publisher


Kristine is a memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska. Her debut essay collection, Curing Season: Artifacts, is forthcoming with WVU Press in 2022. Recipient of a 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, her work was named Notable in Best American Essays 2021 and 2019, received the Rafael Torch Award from Crab Orchard Review, and is published in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Brevity, and Speculative Nonfiction, among others. Find more about her writing projects here and @suburbanprairie.

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Caleb Tankersley

Managing Director

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.


Allison Renner

Publicity & Reviews Manager

Allison Renner is a librarian who reads all of the time and writes some of the time. She has published Library Volunteers with Rowman & Littlefield and enjoys writing short fiction, poetry, and comedy. Allison has been a writing center tutor and taught creative writing workshops to middle school students. She can be found online at and on Twitter @AllisonRWrites.


Emmy Newman

Marketing & Events Manager

Emmy Newman's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, CALYX: A Journal, New Ohio Review, Yemassee, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for Best New Poets, several Pushcart Prizes, and has been the recipient of a scholarship from Fishtrap. Currently, she lives on a small island and can be found on Instagram @she_wins_an_emmy.


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.


Lauren W. Westerfield

Nonfiction/Hybrid Editor

Lauren W. Westerfield's essays and poetry have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Seneca Review, Willow Springs, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, and Third Coast. She teaches in the English department at Washington State University, where she is the Editing and Publishing Certificate coordinator and serves as the creative nonfiction and managing editor of Blood Orange Review. She is also the artistic program director at LiTFUSE Poetry Workshop. 

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Kate Finegan

Novel/Novella Editor

Kate Finegan is the author of the chapbooks The Size of Texas (Penrose Press, 2018) and Ablaze (Sonder Press, forthcoming). Her work has appeared in PRISM International, The Puritan, SmokeLong Quarterly, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She is editor-in-chief of Longleaf Review and lives in Toronto, where she's always on the lookout for raccoons. You can find her at or on Twitter @kehfinegan.


David Wojciechowski

Book Designer

David Wojciechowski is the author of Dreams I Never Told & Letters I Never Sent (Gold Wake Press). His poems have appeared in Bateau, Jellyfish Magazine, The Laurel Review, Meridian, Figure 1, and other journals as well as in the collaborative writing anthology They Said (Black Lawrence Press). He is a freelance designer and teaches writing and literature in Syracuse, NY. David can be found online at and on Twitter @MrWojoRising.


Mandana Chaffa

Special Projects

Mandana Chaffa is the founder of Nowruz Journal, a periodical of Persian arts and letters. Her essay “1,916 Days” is in My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora, (University of Texas Press 2020) and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, Ploughshares blog, Rain Taxi, The Los Angeles Review, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, Jacket2 and elsewhere. Born in Tehran, Iran, Mandana lives in New York.

Split/Lip Press Reading Teams

2021 Nonfiction/Hybrid Manuscript Readers:

Kristina V. Bernard

Cindy Bradley

Cecilia Caballero

Sarah Cavar

Tucker Lieberman

Keene Short

Maxwell Suzuki

2021 Nonfiction/Hybrid Chapbook Readers:

Kristina V. Bernard

Cindy Bradley

Sarah Cavar

Tucker Lieberman

Maddie Norris

Keene Short

2022 Short Story/Flash Fiction Manuscript Readers:

Robin Bissett

Kate Finegan

Caroljean Gavin

Shelby Hinte

Victoria Hood

Scout K. Myracle

Winona León

Abigail Oswald

Elaina Battista-Parsons

Grace Q. Song

2021 Novel/Novella Readers:

Lindsey Bannister

Rubén Degollado

Steven Genise

Sarah Harshbarger

Patrick Thomas Henry

Kameron Ray Morton

Gage Saylor

Mwinji Siame

Erin Vachon

Jonah Wu