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

Each year since 2005, thanks to the continued generosity of Linda Bruckheimer, Sarabande Books selects and publishes one work of Kentucky literature. In addition to publication by Sarabande, the author of the Bruckheimer selection will receive a two-week residency at the Blackacre Conservancy.


Eligible submissions should meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. The author is a native of Kentucky.
  2. The author has lived in Kentucky for at least one year.
  3. The manuscript is set in Kentucky.
  4. The manuscript is about Kentucky.
  5. The manuscript is about a Kentuckian. 

In addition, the writer must be willing and able to travel to or within Kentucky for readings and public events. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books are not eligible. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. 

Content Requirements

Submissions should include:

1. Your manuscript: 

  • a collection of poetry between 48 and 100 manuscript pages.
    • a collection of short stories and/or novellas between 150 and 250 manuscript pages.
    • a short novel no more than 250 manuscript pages.
    • a collection of essays or creative nonfiction no more than 250 manuscript pages.

    2. A $15 reading fee. 

    3. A cover letter that includes how you or your work qualify you for the series. 

Manuscript Format

  • Please submit one copy of the manuscript, with the author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the cover page.
  • Paginate consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements.
  • 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. 

Sarabande's internship program now offers three internship positions in each of our fall, spring, and summer seasons. Interns who complete our program gain the skills, references, and experience to launch their career in publishing.

Each intern will work closely with one director but will receive comprehensive exposure to editorial, marketing, development, and programming. We are currently accepting applications to fill our Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 openings. 

Responsibilities may include: 

  • Follow production process from manuscript acceptance to finished book.
  • Assist with special 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. 

We will ask you 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)
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