Deadline

November 30, 2019

 

Summons

Welcome and good evening, even if it is daytime. The editors of Tarpaulin Sky Press dwell in darkness, shining our little light, believing our earthly duty is to illuminate manuscripts hitherto occulted, and to assist each chosen author through the alchemical production of the liber sacer, the holy book.

A lot of people have said nice things about the work we do, but we’ll keep it simple: Since 2003, many brilliant stars have gathered under the canopy of Tarpaulin Sky. With each new year, new stars appear. Will you join us?

 

Big Picture

At least one manuscript will be chosen by the editors of Tarpaulin Sky Press. (Last year we chose four). Each author receives a publishing contract as well as a $1000 advance ($500 check and $500 for travel expenses for readings and events). Books will be published in Spring 2021.

We consider submissions from writers at any stage of their career. New voices and historically marginalized voices are strongly encouraged to send work. Recent winners include debut authors Julia Brennan, Steven Dunn, Elizabeth Hall, and Piper J. Daniels, as well as established authors Jennifer S. Cheng, Olivia Cronk, Amy King, Mariko Nagai, and Lauren Russell, who join our beloved Jenny Boully, Rebecca Brown, Danielle Dutton, Johannes Göransson, Joyelle McSweeney and the rest of our large and beautiful TS family.

More good news: 1. Finalist manuscript titles and their authors will be announced in Spring 2020 on the Tarpaulin Sky Press website, extolling their awesomeness. 2. Unpublished individual works (or excerpts) from manuscript submissions will be considered for publication in our magazine. (See last year’s shortlist.)

 

Details

Manuscripts should be submitted online or postmarked before November 30th, 2019. We prefer email submissions (and the trees thank you) but we accept manuscripts via the post office as well. (Tarpaulin Sky Press, PO Box 189, Grafton, VT 05146)

There is no need to query first. We are not terribly concerned if the manuscript is 48 pages or 480 pages. We accept manuscripts in all genres. If you’re curious as to the sort of work we’re after, please peruse the books we’ve already published.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but the entry fee is non-refundable, and we ask that you let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual pieces from your manuscript may have been previously published in chapbooks, magazines, and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. If sending by post, please note that manuscripts will not be returned; do not send us your only copy.

We don’t use popular submissions systems because we’re one of the earliest literary sites on the web and know how to build all this stuff ourselves. That said, if our submission system fails you, please contact our very human and error-prone operators at tech@tarpaulinsky.com. For all other questions, please contact our editorial staff at bookawards2020@tarpaulinsky.com.

 
CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD YOUR MANUSCRIPT
 

Deadline

November 30, 2019

 

Summons

Welcome and good evening, even if it is daytime. The editors of Tarpaulin Sky Press dwell in darkness, shining our little light, believing our earthly duty is to illuminate manuscripts hitherto occulted, and to assist each chosen author through the alchemical production of the liber sacer, the holy book.

A lot of people have said nice things about the work we do, but we’ll keep it simple: Since 2003, many brilliant stars have gathered under the canopy of Tarpaulin Sky. With each new year, new stars appear. Will you join us?

 

Big Picture

At least one manuscript will be chosen by the editors of Tarpaulin Sky Press. (Last year we chose four). Each author receives a publishing contract as well as a $1000 advance ($500 check and $500 for travel expenses for readings and events). Books will be published in Spring 2021.

We consider submissions from writers at any stage of their career. New voices and historically marginalized voices are strongly encouraged to send work. Recent winners include debut authors Julia Brennan, Steven Dunn, Elizabeth Hall, and Piper J. Daniels, as well as established authors Jennifer S. Cheng, Olivia Cronk, Amy King, Mariko Nagai, and Lauren Russell, who join our beloved Jenny Boully, Rebecca Brown, Danielle Dutton, Johannes Göransson, Joyelle McSweeney and the rest of our large and beautiful TS family.

More good news: 1. Finalist manuscript titles and their authors will be announced in Spring 2020 on the Tarpaulin Sky Press website, extolling their awesomeness. 2. Unpublished individual works (or excerpts) from manuscript submissions will be considered for publication in our magazine. (See last year’s shortlist.)

 

Details

Manuscripts should be submitted online or postmarked before November 30th, 2019. We prefer email submissions (and the trees thank you) but we accept manuscripts via the post office as well. (Tarpaulin Sky Press, PO Box 189, Grafton, VT 05146)

There is no need to query first. We are not terribly concerned if the manuscript is 48 pages or 480 pages. We accept manuscripts in all genres. If you’re curious as to the sort of work we’re after, please peruse the books we’ve already published.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but the entry fee is non-refundable, and we ask that you let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual pieces from your manuscript may have been previously published in chapbooks, magazines, and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. If sending by post, please note that manuscripts will not be returned; do not send us your only copy.

We don’t use popular submissions systems because we’re one of the earliest literary sites on the web and know how to build all this stuff ourselves. That said, if our submission system fails you, please contact our very human and error-prone operators at tech@tarpaulinsky.com. For all other questions, please contact our editorial staff at bookawards2020@tarpaulinsky.com.

 
CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD YOUR MANUSCRIPT