Book Submissions Call: Essay Collections, Memoirs, and Nonfiction/Hybrid Manuscripts

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Split/Lip Press

Call For Submissions
Manuscript call
We are currently looking for previously unpublished essay collections, memoirs, and nonfiction-hybrid full-length book manuscripts. Individually published pieces within the manuscript are absolutely fine (and expected!) but the book should not have been published as a BOOK before. We won’t define “full-length” for you (you’re the author, after all) but books between 100-200 pages tend to hit our sweet spot. If your book is shorter, keep us in mind for our chapbook reading period!
We’re looking for manuscripts that question boundaries (physical, emotional, metaphysical, meta-emotional—you get the gist). Dazzle us with your version(s) of truth! When it comes to genre-based boundary bending, we love to see imaginative essays, autofictions, fictionalized memoirs, lyric essaying, formal and layout-based experimentation, etc. Please note: while we are big fans of poetry, we aim to publish prose and mostly-prose/prose-esque manuscripts. If your project includes more than a handful of poems, it may not the best fit for this submission call.
To get an idea of what we love, please check out our current NF/hybrid offerings: Sean Enfield’s forthcoming essay collection Holy American Burnout!, Sarah Fawn Montgomery’s essay collection Halfway from Home, Esteban Rodriguez’s essay collection Before the Earth Devours Us, Jeannine Ouellette’s memoir-in-essays The Part That Burns, Athena Dixon’s essay collection The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Melissa Matthewson’s memoir-in-essays Tracing the Desire Line, and Melissa Wiley’s essay collection Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena. We’d love it if you’d add a copy of any (/all) of our books to your submission, and we’ll happily throw in free shipping as a thanks!
Historically under-represented perspectives are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED and HIGHLY SOUGHT—we want to help bring your voice to the world!
Our press mission
We publish 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.
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.
Basic formatting details
TNR 12 (or similar), double-spaced (unless you are specifically using special formattingwhich we’d love to see), and PLEASE remove your name from the manuscript and file nameour readers want to review your manuscripts without names attached. There is a box on the submission form where, if you choose, you may indicate any information about positionality which may be helpful for the readers to know.
Please note that while we love and welcome work which includes images/diagrams/etc, we are unable to reproduce color images and they would need to appear as black-and-white images within a 6″ x 9″ printed book, so please keep that in mind when submitting.
Hugs + thanks
We work closely with our authors on all elements of their book, from design to promotion. We are engaged in the literary community, and as writers ourselves, we know how important it is to have a book that you love that is supported by a press that loves you. We’d love for you to be part of the Split/Lip Press family.
Simultaneous submissions are obviously welcome. Our reading process is a process and we move quickly and efficiently, but we also don’t interrupt it prematurely. So if another publisher snags you first, we just ask that you withdraw your submission (and congrats to you!).
We intend to reply to all submissions by February 15, 2024, so please do not query about the status of your manuscript before that date. If you haven’t seen anything from us by 2/15/24, check your status in Submittable and double-check your email spam filter because Submittable’s messages sometimes get stuck there—we will definitely respond!
Thank you for considering Split/Lip Press as the home for your book.
P.S.: The reading fee helps cover our costs as a press, and our nonfiction/hybrid reading team will be splitting 25% of the submission fees collected during this reading period as compensation for all of their hard work. But we don’t want a fee to keep us from finding the best work out there. If you can’t afford the fee, please send an email to [email protected] before submitting to receive a manuscript fee waiver, no questions asked.

Submission Period
October 1, 2023 - December 1, 2023

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