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Please follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on our submissions windows—our planned submissions schedule for 2020 is:

SHORT STORY/FLASH FICTION manuscripts: January 1st through March 1st

CHAPBOOK CONTEST (both fiction + nonfiction) submissions: April 1st through June 1st

NOVELLA/NOVEL manuscripts: July 1st through September 1st

NONFICTION manuscripts: October 1st through December 1st


Specific guidelines for each reading period will be provided within our Submittable link. We ask for a full manuscript rather than an excerpt/query—our all-volunteer staff is committed to selecting the best books for our press based on what is already on the page. Running a press is a labor of (largely unpaid) love, and so we have a manuscript reading fee to help offset the many costs accrued by the press. However, if our reading fee is prohibitive, please email splitlipthepress@gmail.com to receive a manuscript fee waiver, no questions asked.

We are deeply committed to transparency and prosperity for our authors—when publishing with Split/Lip Press, authors can expect:

  • 25% royalties

  • 20 copies of your published book

  • additional copies available at a discounted rate of print cost + 25%

  • up to 6 copies of your published book to provide to blurbers

  • PDF copies available to send to reviewers

  • an opportunity to read at a Split/Lip Press AWP off-site event

  • all the social media support you can handle

We hope to see your manuscript in our queue!

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