Sphinx Moth Press

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Sphinx Moth Press wants to change the systems of inequality that exist in the poetry world. Submitting a poetry manuscript to first book contests, second book contests, and open reading periods run by small presses can cost a lot of money. Most small presses charge reading fees, anywhere from $25 to $30 to submit work. This creates a great deal of inequity in who publishes a poetry book in America. Poets with discretionary income can submit their work, while lower-income writers often get left behind. At Sphinx Moth Press, we know that poets come from all walks of life. That’s why we don’t charge reading fees. We want to make publishing a poetry book available to all, including those with lower incomes. We currently only accept manuscripts from writers who cannot afford to submit to fee-based contests. If you are on SNAP, housing assistance, or will not be submitting your manuscript to fee-based contests or open reading periods this year because you cannot afford to do so, we invite you to submit your work to us. We are a small press based in Hawai’i and we also particularly favor low-income writers from the islands, especially underrepresented voices. We favor genre-bending titles that otherwise might not have found a home in a more-traditional press. We are committed to energetic promotion of the titles we publish. This includes advertisement of our books in blogs, partnerships with blogs, Instagram promotions, and other sources of promotion. We will only publish one book a year and energetically promote that title.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Janice Greenwood
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Submissions Policy
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Our reading period will be open November 2021. Check back for more information on how to submit. Only writers who otherwise cannot afford to submit their work to fee-based contests are invited to submit. If you will be submitting your work to a fee-based contest or open reading period in 2021, we ask that you NOT submit your work to Sphinx Moth Press. In your cover letter, please include the following: (1) Twitter and Instagram handles, (2) website or blog address, if you have one, (3) list of publications.
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