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



Kristine is a memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska. Her work was named Notable in Best American Essays 2019, received the Rafael Torch Award from Crab Orchard Review, 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.

Mandana Chaffa

Assistant Managing Editor

Mandana Chaffa is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Nowruz Journal, a periodical of Persian arts and letters that will launch in spring 2021. Her essay “1,916 Days” is in My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora, (University of Texas Press 2020) and she edited Roshi Rouzbehani’s limited-edition illustrated biography collection, 50 Inspiring Iranian Women (2020). Her writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in the Ploughshares blog, The Los Angeles Review, The Chicago Review of Books, Split Lip Magazine, Asymptote Journal, Rain Taxi, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, Jacket2 and elsewhere. Born in Tehran, Iran, Mandana lives in New York.

Allison Renner

Assistant Managing Editor

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.

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 Westerfield

Essay/Memoir/NF-Hybrid Editor

Lauren Westerfield is an essayist and poet from the Northern California coast. Her work has most recently appeared in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, DIAGRAM, Third Coast, Hobart, and other journals. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Best New Poets 2018 nominee, and an honorable mention recipient for the Academy of American Poets Prize 2017. Lauren teaches at Washington State University, where she serves as Creative Nonfiction and Co-Managing Editor of Blood Orange Review. She also directs LiTFUSE Poetry Workshop. Learn more about these and other writing projects here.

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.

Split/Lip Press Reading Teams

2020 Essay/Memoir/NF-Hybrid Manuscript Readers:

Kristina V. Bernard

Cindy Bradley

Sarah Cavar

T Guzman

Courtney Kersten

Tucker Lieberman

Maddie Norris

Eva Recinos

Keene Short

Erica Trabold

2020 Short Story/Flash Fiction Manuscript Readers:

Caroljean Gavin

Holly Hayton

Ryanne Kap

Amy Kiger-Williams

Winona Leon

Keene Short

Julia Spector-Mancini

Christine Spencer

2020 Nonfiction/Hybrid Chapbook Readers:

Yousef Allouzi

Kristina V. Bernard

Lesley Heiser

Tucker Lieberman

Katie Stromme

2020 Fiction Chapbook Readers:

Holly Hayton

Amy Kiger-Williams

Winona Leon

Keene Short

Christine Spencer

2020 Novel/Novella Readers:

Lindsey Bannister

Mandana Chaffa

Ruben Degollado

Steven Genise

Sarah Harshbarger

Patrick Thomas Henry

Kameron Ray Morton

Allison Renner

Gage Saylor

Erin Vachon

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