CavanKerry Press, Ltd.

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
"Lives Brought to Life" A not-for-profit literary press serving art and community, CavanKerry is committed to expanding the reach of poetry and other fine literature to a general readership by publishing works that explore the emotional and psychological landscapes of everyday life, and to bringing that art to the underserved where they live, work, and receive services.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook/IG/Twitter - All @cavankerrypress
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
No, unless that's referring to distribution, which is through University of Chicago Press
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Gabriel Cleveland
Contact Title
Managing Editor/Director
Contact Email
nonfiction, poetry
Recent Awards Received
1st Place, Paterson Poetry Prize - Wonderama, by Catherine Doty
Representative Authors
Ross Gay, Andrea Ross, Joseph O. Legaspi
Submissions Policy
Open submissions occur during even-numbered years throughout the month of August.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 08 / 01 - 08 / 31
Reporting Time
2 - 6 months
Author Payments
royalties, copies
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
University of Chicago Press
University of Chicago Press
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
Average Price Per Book
Average Price Per E-Book
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
We read manuscripts anonymously, so the cover letter is often the last thing we see, but be sure to put all the information we require in there! If we can't find you to tell you we want to publish your book, it just might not happen.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
As we are a very small staff, we have cultivated a deep well of professional, published authors from a diverse range of backgrounds to help read and evaluate submissions and minimize/eliminate our knowledge gaps as much as possible.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for an open, authentic invitation (with a consistent, trustworthy voice) to us as readers to step into and experience the world of the author. Give us the chance to feel what you felt in the crucial moments of your life you're writing about.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Familiarize yourself with CKP's catalog! Our website has tons of excerpts - and our YouTube channel has several readings - Beyond that, trust your voice and write from your heart.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our ideal reader is someone who's curious and passionate about life in general and about the specific lives and experiences of others, especially those who may be different from themselves. A collection of writing is an opportunity to bridge worlds.