Sarabande Books is a nonprofit literary publisher founded in 1994 to champion diverse forms and innovative voices. For more information about the press, visit: www.sarabandebooks.org.

The 2019 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry will be judged by Sarabande’s founders, Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner, to celebrate 25 years of publishing excellence. 

The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a full-length collection of poetry, a Sarabande Writing Residency, and a standard royalty contract. Kathryn A. Morton was a published author and devotee of fine literature, especially poetry. 

ELIGIBILITY

This contest is open to any poet writing in English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or current students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible.

MANUSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS

  • Manuscript must be ANONYMOUS—the author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (title page should contain the title only)
  • Must be typed, standard font, 12 pt., if printed must be on standard white printer paper, unbound (binder clip or rubber bands preferred)
  • Minimum length 48 pages
  • Manuscript must be paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements page (a list of publications in which poems in the manuscript have appeared)
  • Must be accompanied by a $28 submission fee

Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. Winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but please withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere. 

A winner will be selected in September, and all entrants will be notified of the winners and finalists shortly afterward. Sarabande Books considers all finalists for publication.

The 2019 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction will be judged by Sarabande’s founders, Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner, to celebrate 25 years of publishing excellence. 

The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of the winning manuscript, a Sarabande Writing Residency, and a standard royalty contract. 

ELIGIBILITY

This contest is open to any short fiction writer of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or current students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible.

MANUSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS

  • Manuscript must be ANONYMOUS—the author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (title page should contain the title only)
  • Must be typed, standard font, 12 pt., double-spaced; if printed must be on standard white printer paper, unbound (binder clip or rubber bands preferred)
  • Between 150-250 pages
  • Manuscript should be paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements page (a list of publications in which stories or sections of the manuscript have appeared).
  • Must be accompanied by a $28 submission fee

Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. Once submitted, electronic manuscripts can only be edited within a week of submitting, but do note that any publications resulting from this contest will undergo a full editorial and copyedit. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but please withdraw your manuscript if accepted elsewhere.

A winner will be selected in September, and all entrants will be notified of the winners and finalists shortly afterward. Sarabande Books considers all finalists for publication. 

Apply year-round!

Sarabande's internship program now offers six-month internships during our spring and fall seasons (January-June and July-December). We accept up to three interns each season. Interns who complete our program gain the skills, references, and experience to launch their career in publishing. 

Each intern will work closely with one of four major departments but will receive comprehensive exposure to Editorial, Marketing, Development, and Programming.

Responsibilities may include: 

  • Follow production process from manuscript acceptance to finished book.
  • Assist with marketing and outreach initiatives.
  • Assist in planning local events and readings.
  • Update our website and blog and create monthly e-newsletter.
  • Proofread manuscripts and publicity materials.
  • Organize contest submissions and respond to guideline requests.
  • Help with grant research.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Meet with editor-in-chief and managing editor.
  • Perform daily office duties, including mailings, answering email and phone, data entry, errands.

Interns work from our Louisville office 11am-4pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Interns will also be expected to work up to two local events per month (book festivals, conferences, fundraising events) that may land on weekends or evenings. Please only apply if you have reliable transportation. This internship is unpaid, but we highly encourage students to apply for college credit and funding. We will do our best to work with your university's for-credit requirements.  

When you apply, you will be asked for:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Sarabande Books
  • Your resume
  • Your top fifteen contemporary books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (in any combination)

We accept internship applications year-round through our online submission manager and fill positions on a rolling basis.

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