Possibilities (aka submissions)

It is a personal thing, this aversion to the word submission.  Yes, we know that's the typical term we're told, as writers, to use when we send our work out to publishers... And maybe other publishers use the term because it's always been used or maybe they really feel like there needs to be that hierarchy, that division between publisher and author... But we're all writers here and we care about language, about meaning and at Red Bird we don't believe in submitting work.  We believe you're entrusting us to read it, to consider it.  We think your work has the possibility of being something we'd like to publish, so we'd like to take a look at it, to read it, to consider it.  

Yes, Red Bird does want to look at chapbook manuscripts and welcomes contributions of art and writing for the Broadside Project. Every project is considered. Each proposal has potential. 

Our goal is to showcase the art and writing of as many people as possible. Our team of editors read all the possibilities received for their genre and all of our editors are encouraged to read mixed-genre possibilities. Each editor is encouraged to select up to three manuscripts to work with and publish the following year.  

We want the writing to speak for itself.  Manuscripts are read blind - our editors do not receive any identifying information about the author or the collection until after a manuscript has been selected.  

Once our editors have made their selections, we work with each manuscript, each author, each artist to find a way to present their work in the best possible light. Each chapbook and broadside is a collaboration, and each starts with a proposed manuscript or artwork or poem or story or idea. 

Red Bird welcomes all possibilities.

Considering sending us your work?  Please read our guidelines carefully, follow them, and send work to us for consideration only during our open reading periods.  

Broadside Guidelines
Chapbook Guidelines
Pamphlet Guidelines
Weekly Read Guidelines

Have a question or query? Please email our Editor in Chief, Sarah Hayes.

Reading Periods

We read chapbook manuscripts annually, over the summer months, and make our selections for the following publishing year. Other publication types have different reading periods as noted below.  

Broadsides
We are currently reviewing broadside possibilties. Please review our broadside guidelines for more information.

Chapbooks
The 2017 reading period will run from July 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017.  Manuscripts selected from this reading period will be published in 2018.  

All of our editors review all manuscripts for their genre as well as any multi-genre manuscripts.  We believe that ever possibility deserves careful consideration. Given the number of manuscripts we receive during our reading period it can take a few months for our editors to read, consider and decide upon the manuscripts we will publish.  All authors should receive an email regarding their possibilities by November 15, 2017.  

Pamphlets
We are thrilled to have received lots of pamphlet possibilities and we're in the process of reading through them and making our selections.  As of April 2017 we have decided to temporarily suspend our reading of new pamphlet possibilities to focus on what we have received so far.  We will reopen in July to consider pamphlets for publication in 2018.

Our next reading period will run from July 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017.  Manuscripts selected from this reading period will be published in 2018.  Please review our pamphlet guidelines for more information.

Weekly Read
We began reading possibilities for our Weekly Read feature on July 1, 2016.  Pieces for this feature are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please review the Weekly Read guidelines for more information.  
 

Please do not send manuscripts outside of reading periods.