Sep 27, 2010

Open chapbook reading period: Tarpaulin Sky Press

Tarpaulin Sky Press Chapbook Reading Period

Deadline: September 30, 2010

During the month of September, Tarpaulin Sky Press ( ) is reading chapbook manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and cross-genre work. There is no need to query first; simply mail the manuscript according to the directions below.

In addition to publishing both perfect-bound and hand-bound chapbooks, Tarpaulin Sky Press publishes trade paperbacks and a literary journal that appears both online and on paper. Featured in venues as diverse as After Ellen, HTML Giant, and Poets & Writers, Tarpaulin Sky's titles are regularly reviewed in Publishers Weekly as well as American Book Review, Bloomsbury Review, Bookslut, Jacket, and Rain Taxi. Ranked among "Great Titles from Underground Presses," by Time Out New York, Tarpaulin Sky's books also routinely appear on the "Bestsellers" list at Small Press Distribution.

Chapbook manuscripts should be emailed or postmarked between September 1 and September 30, 2010. Manuscripts should be in the vicinity of 18-28 pages (give or take a couple). Send one copy of your manuscript along with two copies of the title page (note: the reading process is not "blind"--we ask for two title pages only so that we may keep one with the manuscript, and the other for reference/notes, etc). Be sure that your title pages include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Cover letters are read with interest. We like to know who your are, what you're up to, and where we can read more of your work.

Multiple submissions are OK. We also accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual pieces from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Manuscripts will not be returned; please do not send us your only copy.

Writers who have not been published in our literary journal should include a $10 reading fee. Past contributors to Tarpaulin Sky may submit their manuscript with a $5 reading fee. Reading fees may be paid online or by check.

Notification of decisions will be made in December 2010. Publication of accepted manuscripts will be in 2011 and 2012.

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