Split/Lip Press

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Split/Lip Press is dedicated to publishing 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. Split/Lip Press publishes beautifully designed, high quality prose books and chapbooks. We collaborate with our authors as much as possible to design books which reflect the complexity of their work, and we print on-demand to provide our authors with the highest possible royalties. Each year, Split/Lip Press runs a guest-judged chapbook contest as well as separate submissions periods for flash fiction/short story manuscripts, novella/novels, and memoir/NF-hybrid/essay collections. Since 2013, SLP has been honored to bring innovative and culturally relevant books into print, thanks to the work of our forebears, J. Scott Bugher and Amanda Miska—the previous publishers of Split/Lip Press who have helped build a remarkable catalog of books for our shelves.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kristine Langley Mahler
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Director and Publisher
essays, fiction, nonfiction
Representative Authors
Athena Dixon, Jeannine Ouellette, Jennifer Wortman
Submissions Policy
SHORT STORY/FLASH FICTION manuscripts: January 1st through March 1st CHAPBOOK CONTEST submissions: April 1st through June 1st NOVEL/NOVELLA manuscripts: July 1st through September 1st ESSAY/MEMOIR/NONFICTION-HYBRID manuscripts: October 1st through December 1st Specific guidelines for each reading period will be provided within our Submittable link. We ask for a full manuscript rather than an excerpt/query—our reading teams are committed to selecting the best books for our press based on what is already on the page. Running a press is a labor of (underpaid) love, and so we have a manuscript reading fee to help offset the many costs accrued by the press, which also allows us to direct 25% of the proceeds from those fees to pay our reading teams for their work. However, if our reading fee is prohibitive, please email [email protected] to receive a manuscript fee waiver, no questions asked (note: we are unable to waive the reading fee during our chapbook contest reading period, unfortunately). 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.
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Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
2 - 2 months
Author Payments
royalties, cash, copies
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