Thursday, October 28, 2010

T-sky Call for MS reminder!

From our poetry-press love, Tarpaulin Sky:

Readers, writers, and friends,

Just a short email to remind everyone that the deadline for our full-length manuscript reading period is 31 October. New this year is the ability to send your manuscript via email as well as by USPS. We'll paste guidelines below; they are also available online here.

As always, you can keep on top of TSky Press's doings via the TSky News & Notes blog and the TSky Events blog, as well as via Facebook and Twitter.


Manuscripts should be emailed or postmarked between October 1 and October 31, 2010. There is no need to query first; simply send the manuscript according to the guidelines below.

Send one copy of your manuscript along with two copies of the title page. (Note: the reading process is not "blind"--we ask for two title pages so that we may keep one with the manuscript, and the other for reference/notes, etc.) Be sure that your title pages include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Cover letters are read with interest. We like to know who your are, what you're up to, and where we can read more of your work.

Multiple submissions are OK. We also accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual pieces from the manuscript may have been previously published in chapbooks, magazines, and anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Manuscripts will not be returned; please do not send us your only copy.

Though we never charge reading fees for work submitted to our magazine, we do charge a fee for the submission of book manuscripts. Writers who have not been published in our magazine should include a $20 payment to the press, which--if it needs to be said--is applied to the cost of producing our books. Your entry fee also entitles you to choose any TSky Press trade paperback that we've published (sorry, no chapbooks); just let us know which title you'd like, and enclose with your manuscript submission (or mail separately) a 6.5" x 9.5" or larger, self-addressed, stamped envelope with $2.64 in postage. We will ship the books separately from your notification SASE. [Past contributors to Tarpaulin Sky can submit their manuscript for the "fee" of buying a book from our online catalog during the month of October.]

If you are not familiar with our press and the type of books that we publish, we encourage you to explore our publications before submitting.


Please mail your manuscript to Open Reading Period, Tarpaulin Sky Press, PO Box 189, Grafton, VT 05146. Please include payment in the form of a check or money order made payable to Tarpaulin Sky Press. For notification of decisions, include a business-size SASE. If you would like to receive acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Notification of decisions will be made in February 2011. Publication of accepted manuscripts will be in 2012.


Please email your cover letter and manuscript as a PDF or a Word document to Please use the following format for the subject line of your email: Firstname Lastname, Manuscript Submission, "Title of Manuscript". Please send payment via PayPal . (Past contributors to our magazine, here.) Emailed submissions will receive an auto-reply letting you know that we received your work. Notification of decisions will be made via email in February 2011. Publication of accepted manuscripts will be in 2012.

We look forward to reading your work!


Christian & Co.
Tarpaulin Sky Press

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