What to expect when your manuscript is a possibility

Red Bird Chapbooks uses a blind reading process to select manuscripts for publication.  

Possibilities are received via email and reviewed to confirm they meet our guidelines.  Manuscripts that do not follow our guidelines are not considered.  Manuscripts that meet our guidelines are provided to our editors electronically for their consideration.

Our editors read each manuscript received for their genre(s).  Editors select the manuscripts they wish to bring to publication. Polished writing style and a cohesive theme or statement are important considerations.  Our editors have diverse preferences and aesthetics which has allowed us to publish a wide range of writing over the years. 

Once our editors have selected their manuscripts, they are provided the author’s original email including contact information, author's bio, and acknowledgements.  Red Bird notifies the author that their work has been accepted and provides the author with a publishing agreement. 

Our editors and authors collaborate with one another to finalize the manuscript.  Once editing is complete, the manuscript is provided to our design team for layout and cover design.  Our team coordinates with the author through our iterative design process.  After a final design is approved, the collection is printed and assembled.  Red Bird titles are hand-crafted and assembled by a team of dedicated volunteers who meet regularly.  


All authors are notified, whether or not their collections are accepted for publication.