Thank you for considering Tinderbox as home for your manuscript!
Tinderbox Editions is publishing some amazing literary prose in the coming years: Kevin O'Rourke's personal essays, a lyric essay anthology, Laynie Browne's poetic novel, BK Fischer's hybrid poetry manuscript, and we're giddy with excitement to share these books with you. Like our sister publication, Tinderbox Poetry Journal
, we are interested in expanding what a poem might mean, or what a book of poetry can be. We want to breathe outward and encompass personal essays, hybrid books, prose poem collections, and, in particular, lyric essays.
This is not a contest.
There is no formal reading fee, though you've happened upon the page that allows for donations, either with a book or without. You can go back to Submittable and select the no-fee option if a donation is not affordable at this time. The donation is important to us to be able to establish print runs, but we know what it's like to not be able to pony up the fee for contests. In the end, this is about reading good books and bringing those to the public eye, not about fundraising.
:: We will not be reading blind. You can include any personal information on the ms. or leave it off.
:: Because this is an open reading period, it is not guaranteed that we will publish anything from these submissions; it also could mean more than one manuscript will be selected for publication.
:: Publication will come with a standard contract.
:: There are no page limits, though two caveats: 1) we aren't a chapbook publisher but a publisher of full-lengths and 2) know a longer book is less likely to be selected than a shorter one (150 pages or fewer). That said, if it's a 300 page beauty that we cannot put down, then I will find a way to publish a 300 page beauty.
:: We encourage you to simultaneously submit. We don't plan to sit on manuscripts long, but we do know placing a book is a long and difficult process. We don't want to keep your book in a holding pattern.
:: I will read every manuscript, and I will also include a team of smart volunteer readers. These readers can help see something I might have originally missed and allow for a second closer look.
:: Please only submit one manuscript during this reading period. We'll read again for this genre next summer, and we'll read for poetry collections in the winter.
Our tastes range from Eula Biss to Roxane Gay to Leslie Jamsion. Claudia Rankine to Maggie Nelson to Joni Tevis. Sarah Manguso to Jo Ann Beard to the work in Brevity.
Have you read Opal C McCarthy's pamphlet Surge
? Sarah Vap's End of the Sentimental Journey
So much good work out there: maybe yours is next.
As always, thank you
for trusting us with your work. I'm looking forward to reading each manuscript. Finding new voices that deserve to be heard is one of the greatest pleasures of being an editor; getting to promote and be a home for those voices is even better.