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Please follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on our submissions windows—our planned submissions schedule is:
SHORT STORY/FLASH FICTION manuscripts: January 1st through March 1st
CHAPBOOK CONTEST submissions: April 1st through June 1st
NOVEL/NOVELLA manuscripts: July 1st through September 1st
ESSAY/MEMOIR/NONFICTION-HYBRID 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 reading teams are committed to selecting the best books for our press based on what is already on the page. Running a press is a labor of (underpaid) love, and so we have a manuscript reading fee to help offset the many costs accrued by the press, which also allows us to direct 25% of the proceeds from those fees to pay our reading teams for their work. However, if our reading fee is prohibitive, please email email@example.com to receive a manuscript fee waiver, no questions asked.
All books published at Split/Lip Press have been discovered during our open reading periods—we do not solicit manuscripts and do not accept manuscripts sent outside of our reading periods. Every author has the same opportunity to join us! However, Split/Lip Press does not tolerate manuscripts celebrating racist, homophobic, or misogynistic perspectives, and will discard such manuscripts unread. We believe in breaking boundaries at Split/Lip, but we will not assist agendas of hate.
We are deeply committed to transparency and prosperity for our authors—when publishing with Split/Lip Press, authors can expect:
25% royalties, distributed quarterly, which you begin earning with the very first book sale
20 copies of your published book
up to 6 copies of your published book to provide to blurbers
PDF copies available to send to reviewers
5 copies of your published book to be used for award nominations, etc
financial assistance for award nominations
additional copies available to the author at a discounted rate of print cost + 25%
a personalized book design process
during non-pandemic years, the opportunity to read at an AWP off-site event hosted by Split/Lip Press
all the social media support you can handle
We hope to see your manuscript in our queue!