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 2014, SLP has been honored to bring innovative and culturally relevant books into print, thanks to the work of our forebears, J. Scott Bugher (2014-2015) and Amanda Miska (2015-2019)—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 Langley Mahler is the author of Curing Season: Artifacts (WVU Press, 2022) and A Calendar is a Snakeskin (Autofocus Press, 2023). Her work has been supported by the Nebraska Arts Council, named Notable in Best American Essays 2019 and 2021, and published in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Brevity, and Speculative Nonfiction, among others. A memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska, Kristine is also the director of Split/Lip Press. Find more about her projects at or @suburbanprairie.

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Caleb Tankersley

Managing Director

Caleb Tankersley’s story collection Sin Eaters won the Permafrost Book Prize and was published in 2022 by University of Alaska Press. He is also the author of the chapbook Jesus Works the Night Shift. His writing can be found in Carve, The Cimarron Review, Puerto del Sol, Sycamore Review, and other magazines. He lives and teaches near Seattle.


Allison Renner

Social Media Assistant

Allison Renner is the Social Media Assistant for Split/Lip Press and an editor for Flash Fiction Magazine. Her fiction and photography has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Daily Drunk, Six Sentences, Rejection Letters, Versification, Thimble Literary Magazine, FERAL, and vulnerary magazine. She can be found online at and on Twitter @AllisonRWrites.

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Kate Finegan

Marketing Director & Novel/Novella Editor

Kate Finegan's work has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. Originally from Tennessee, she now lives on Treaty Six territory in Saskatchewan.

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 is a writer and editor from Northern California. Her essays and poetry have most recently appeared in FENCE, Seneca Review, Willow Springs, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, and Ninth Letter. She teaches in the English department at Washington State University, where she is the Editing and Publishing Certificate coordinator and serves as the editor-in-chief of Blood Orange Review. Her hybrid memoir, Depth Control, was named winner of the 2021 Stillhouse Press Experimental Writing Contest. Lauren is the recipient of a 2022 Fellowship in Literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts in support of her current book project, a memoir in essays exploring epigenetics, illness, artmaking, addiction, autonomy, sexuality, power, and shame. She lives in Moscow, Idaho with her cat, Lou.

David Wojciechowski

Book Designer

David Wojciechowski is the author of Dreams I Never Told You & Letters I Never Sent (Gold Wake Press). His poems have appeared in Bateau, Bodega, HAD, Hobart, Meridian, and elsewhere. He also has a few collaborative poems in the anthology They Said (Black Lawrence Press). David is a freelance designer and editor, and he teaches writing and literature at several colleges. 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

2022 Nonfiction/Hybrid Manuscript Readers:

Arielle Amante
Kristina V. Bernard

Cecilia Caballero

Sarah Cavar
david joseph

Tucker Lieberman
Elizabeth O'Brien

Keene Short

Maxwell Suzuki

2022 Fiction Chapbook Readers:

Robin Bissett
Mandana Chaffa

Shelby Hinte

Victoria Hood

Abigail Oswald
Allison Renner

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

2022 Novel/Novella Readers:

Marissa Davis

Rubén Degollado

Gabriela Frank

Steven Genise

Sarah Harshbarger

Patrick Thomas Henry

Kameron Ray Morton

Gage Saylor

Mwinji Siame

Jonah Wu