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Split Lip Press

Titles per Year: 
1 to 5
Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction
Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction
Representative Authors: 

Ed Harkness, Nicholas Reading, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, and more to be announced soon.

Book Types: 
Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Poetry collections
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 - Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Publishes Through Contests Only: 
Accepts Electronic Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 

Editorial Focus

For some reason, writers sit on manuscripts for up to a decade while paying up to thousands in reading and contest fees, hoping for a major book deal. Why hold onto a manuscript for that long and pay that much when you can partner with a determined and passionate small press like Split Lip? If you're a writer who is active in the lit scene, who writes poetry or fiction with grit and torque, try us. If you're only looking to add another line to your CV, we're not for you. We are punk rock publishing. Visit our website for the full skinny.

Tips From the Editor

Sometimes it's just best to make a list of writers we like in order to give submitters a feel for what we're looking for. FICTION: Nicholson Baker, Raymond Carver, Richard Yates, John Cheever, Cormac McCarthy, Charles Bukowski. POETRY: Kim Addonizio, Stephen Dobyns, James Tate, Sharon Olds, Richard Hugo, Tony Hoagland, Bob Hicok. We think that's a good start for now. In short, we want fiction that touches on universal troubles like slipping a condom on a half-erect penis or having a grocery store clerk call for a price check on the shopper's enema kit. We want narrative poetry, short stories with an arc told in verse. Please read our guideline and note we take only writing samples, not full mss. If we like the sample, we'll request the full ms.

Contact Information

J. Scott Bugher, Editor-in-Chief
1309 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220

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Last updated: August 18, 2014

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