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.

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.

Make your voice heard! Submit your poem or short essay for a chance to win a cash prize, be published, and help create a better Louisville.


April 8-12 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week (#NYVPW), and we want to hear from female, trans, and gender-nonconforming writers between the ages of 11-21, currently living in Metro Louisville.


Writing Prompt: In a poem or short essay (up to 250 words), share your experiences with violence or peace, conflict or healing. Or share your vision for a more peaceful Louisville, a safer campus or neighborhood, a better life.


Cash Prizes: First place: $250, Second place: $100, Third place: $50. ALL submissions will be considered for publication in a special anthology by Sarabande Writing Labs.


Deadline: May 10, 2019


This contest is free to enter.

Sponsored by Sarabande Books and Youth Violence Prevention Research Center at the University of Louisville

Sarabande Books