The purpose of Sibling Rivalry Press is best defined by the incomparable Adrienne Rich, who said in a 1999 interview:
“There’s a lot of what I would call comfortable poetry around. But then there is all this other stuff going on — which is wilder, which is bristling; it’s juicier, it’s everything that you would want. And it’s not comfortable. That’s the kind of poetry that interests me — a field of energy. It’s intellectual and moral and political and sexual and sensual — all of that fermenting together. It can speak to people who have themselves felt like monsters and say: you are not alone, this is not monstrous. It can disturb and enrapture.”
The mission of our press, therefore, is to publish work that disturbs and enraptures.
Manuscript submissions of any length and any genre will be accepted beginning on March 1, 2019. Selected manuscripts will be published in the fall of 2020 or the spring of 2021. All titles published by Sibling Rivalry Press are housed, by special invitation, in the Rare Book and Special Collections Vault of the Library of Congress.
Instead of a traditional cover letter, please provide responses to the following items, and then upload your manuscript in .doc or .pdf format. Please note that submissions can be any length and any genre. Multiple submissions are accepted so long as each manuscript is submitted individually and each submission complies with these submission guidelines.
1. Support your potential pressmates! In lieu of an entry fee, purchase a title (any title) from the Sibling Rivalry Press store. Titles begin at less than a dollar, and there's no greater weight placed on the amount spent or quantity of your purchase. When you submit, tell us what title you purchased. You can also purchase a book and direct us to send it to a library or community organization on your behalf.
2. If you had five minutes, a microphone, and an audience, what would you read from your manuscript? Tell us a page number, a chapter or a section, or the titles to poems to read out loud.
3. What book has been the most influential to the manuscript you're submitting?
4. Publication of your book or project with a small press is not the end of your journey -- or your work. It's a beginning. At best, publication with a small press provides you with an opportunity to invent your own literary presence and give back to various communities in some way. How do you see your project interacting with an audience? How would publishing with Sibling Rivalry Press allow you to expand yourself and give back?
***Please note that if you do not follow our submission guidelines, your manuscript will not advance through the first round in our selection process.***
We'll announce our selection(s) by October at the latest. We encourage simultaneous submissions elsewhere. If your work is selected for publication by another press in the meantime, please let us know so that we can celebrate with you.
Thank you for trusting us. We're writers, too, and we go through this process with other presses and publications when we submit our work. We know the excitement, the anxiety, and the frustration when, after we submit, we spot a misspelled word or some other error. Don't worry about stuff like that. You are not submitting a finished project. You're submitting a work in progress. You are sending us a manuscript that, if selected, will receive editorial attention. We want your heart and your electricity. We want potential. We do not expect perfection. We'll get to that finish line together. - Bryan & Seth