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.


We're looking for at least one title to add to our publication schedule. Instead of a traditional cover letter, please provide a response to the following items, and then upload your manuscript. Please note that submissions can be any length and any genre. 

1. Support your potential pressmates! In lieu of an entry fee, purchase a title (any title) from the SRP 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. Note: Titles purchased after February 1, 2017, satisfy this requirement.

2. Now more than ever, we have a responsibility as artists. In our house, we believe in building bridges and tearing down walls. We believe words are power. We believe in hard truths and the beautiful intersections of vulnerable, yet viable, communities. We believe no stage is grand unless that stage is shared. We believe that someone is waiting on your work. We believe the written word saves lives because the written word saved us. In this spirit, tell us who might be waiting on your work, and how your submission shoulders your responsibility as an artist in 2017. 

We'll announce our selection(s) by October.