Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay; to disburse these works with diligence and integrity; and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. First titles appeared in 1996, and the press currently has more than 220 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize-winning. Sarabande authors and staff members conduct an estimated 225 readings, workshops, and lectures per year, and they strive to make their programs and services accessible to all. Sarabande Books is a nonprofit literary press founded in Louisville, Kentucky. Established in 1994 to champion poetry, fiction, and essay, we are committed to creating lasting editions that honor exceptional writing. With nearly three hundred titles in print, we have earned a dedicated readership and a national reputation as a publisher of diverse forms and innovative voices. Through our free arts programming like Sarabande Writing Labs and Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize, we are proud to invest in emerging writers and serve as an educational resource locally and nationally. Sarabande authors have won or been short-listed for, among many others, the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, LA Times Book Prize, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Lambda Literary awards, Story Prize Spotlight award, and several PEN/American honors, including the PEN/Hemingway.
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Senior Director of Marketing and Publicity
essays, fiction, poetry
Recent Awards Received
AWP Small Press Publisher Award, Norma Farber First Book Award, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, John C. Zacharis First Book Awa
Kyle Minor, Kathleen Ossip, Elena Passarello
Kathryn A. Morton Prize in poetry, Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, Open Essay Period in September. Otherwise by invitation and recommendation.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
From 1 / 2 - 1 / 15
12 - 15 weeks
royalties, cash, copies
See web site for contest guidelines.
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Baker & Taylor, Ingram
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
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