Bruckheimer Kentucky Series
Thank you so much to those of you who submitted your work to the 2013 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. This year we selected Letters on Space and Hands, poetry by Adam Day.
Adam Day is a native of Kentucky. He is the recipient of a 2012 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry London, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, Scotland, and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. Adam Day’s debut collection of poetry will appear in the spring/summer of 2015.
Finalists for the 2013 contest include:
Among Other Things, poetry by Philip White
There Are No Strangers in These Weeds, poetry by John Brooks
Big Bad, prose poems and flash fiction by Gary Leising
I Can Outdance Jesus, stories by Willie Davis.
The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature presents an opportunity to focus on the fine literature the state of Kentucky has produced, bringing it to the nation’s attention. Sarabande will publish one book annually of short stories, poetry, literary nonfiction, a novella(s), or short novel.
Print friendly submission guidelines can be found by clicking: Bruckheimer Submission Guidelines.
Contest is open to any writer of English
- who is a native of Kentucky, or
- who has lived in Kentucky for at least two years, or
- whose manuscript is set in Kentucky, or
- whose manuscript is about Kentucky.
In addition, writer must be willing and able to travel to or within Kentucky for readings and public events. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible.
Submissions may include:
- a collection of poetry between 48 and 100 manuscript pages, or
- a collection of short stories no more than 250 manuscript pages, or
- one or more novellas no more than 250 manuscript total pages, or
- a short novel no more than 250 manuscript pages, or
- a collection of essays or creative nonfiction no more than 250 manuscript pages.
Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. We also do not consider history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature such as romances, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or crime thrillers. Nor do we accept single stories, or poems, or novellas under 150 manuscript pages.
There is no entry fee for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature.
- Please submit one copy of the manuscript, with the author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the cover page.
- Type the manuscript on standard white paper, one side of the page only.
- Paginate consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements.
- Bind the manuscript with a spring clip or place it in a plain file folder.
- Include a bio that specifies your satisfaction of the eligibility requirements.
Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but Sarabande Books must be notified immediately if manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
This Summer we are increasing the prices for our submission periods; please see specific periods for the corresponding increase. We so appreciate your continued participation and support.
- Manuscripts must be postmarked during the month of July. No exceptions.
- Include a self-addressed stamped postcard for notification that manuscript has been received.
- Include a self-addressed, stamped, regular business-sized envelope for editor’s decision.
- Please send your manuscript in a plain or padded envelope. No boxes please.
- No Federal Express, Overnight Mail, or UPS.
Please retain a copy of your manuscript. We cannot return manuscripts. Sarabande reserves the right not to publish in the series if no suitable manuscript is found.
Please send entries to:
The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature
Sarabande Books, Inc.
2234 Dundee Road, Suite 200
Louisville KY 40205
Sarabande will accept manuscripts for the Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature submitted online through our Submission Manager software. Manuscripts submitted electronically must conform to the same guidelines as print manuscripts. Instructions and FAQs are located at the Submishmash page:
2012 Arna Bontemps Hemenway
2010 Catherine Wing
2009 Julie Marie Wade
2008 Alex Taylor
2007 Brett Eugene Ralph
2006 Karen McElmurray
2005 Jan Carew