September Submissions Policy
FICTION & POETRY:
Open submission season is during the month of September only. We ask that writers query first with a sample of 10 poems, a single story, or a section of a novella or short novel postmarked in September. Response time is under three months. After this preliminary reading, we may invite writers to submit an entire manuscript.
ESSAY OR LITERARY NONFICTION:
For writers of the essay or literary nonfiction, our open submissions are year-round. All queries should contain a cover letter and writing sample (a single story, chapter or short section), along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a $10 handling fee.
We must ask writers to include a handling fee of $10 along with their submissions. We do offer a second option: Buy one Sarabande book of your choice from our Website or your local indy bookstore and we’ll waive the fee. Just include the email confirmation of your purchase or the receipt from your local indy along with your submission.
Sarabande Books publishes complete manuscripts of poetry of 48 pages minimum. We also publish collections of short stories, novellas, short novels, literary nonfiction or essay collections that fall between 150-250 pages. We do not consider longer novels, mysteries, westerns, children’s books, adventure, historial fiction or nonfiction, or science fiction, nor do we publish single poems or stories.
Manuscripts must be postmarked during the month of September. No exceptions!
To ensure your work is received and recorded properly, please include the following items with your submission:
- A self-addressed stamped postcard for notification that manuscript has been received
- A self-addressed stamped (#10) business-sized envelope for editor’s decision
- $10 submission fee
Send entries to:
Sarabande Books, Inc.
2234 Dundee Road, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40205
Please send your manuscript in a plain or padded envelope. No FedEx, Overnight Mail, or UPS.
PLEASE NOTE: Submissions that do not meet ALL the guidelines/requirements will not be considered and will not be returned. As such, please read all the instructions with care! Please retain a copy of your manuscript. We do not return manuscripts, so do not send originals.
Print friendly submission guidelines can be found by clicking: September submission guidelines and entry form.
Sarabande will accept manuscripts submitted online through our Submittable account. Instructions and FAQs are located at the Sarabande-Submittable page,