'I lay out my / unrest like white lines on the slope, so that / something out of
broken sleep will land / there.
- J H Prynne, 'Smaller Than The Radius Of The Planet'
Broken Sleep Books are a small, innovative press, who publish a range of pamphlets and collections, from a range of emerging and debut writers. We particularly wish to encourage more working-class writers, LGBTQ+, and BAME writers to submit. Politically we are left-leaning, and have no interest in misogynists, racist, sexists, the alt-right, or dickheads in general. Our interests lie in the works of J H Prynne, Anne Carson, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jorie Graham, Ediwn Brock, Kim Addonizio, Claudia Rankine, and Haruki Murakami.
Our books take up to 14 days to arrive if ordered direct via us. If ordered via amazon they arrive much quicker - but we make more money if ordered direct from us, which helps to keep the press afloat. So, if you don't mind being patient, please try to order from us.
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Editor: Aaron Kent
Assistant Editor: Charlie Baylis
We are open for submissions for an upcoming anthology. The poetry anthology will feature poetry exclusively by immigrants - whether you are an immigrant or child or grandchild of an immigrant etc. The anthlogy will be published in January 2021. Please submit up to 5 poems, with a brief cover letter containing a bio. If you wish to submit please make a donation to this fundraiser, of a value of your choice (whether that's 10p or £10 or something between or above that amount).
When we are open for submissions we regret that we cannot accept everything, and we usually commission work from writers we have discovered online or in real life. With this in mind, we encourage you to submit to journals, magazines, anthologies, and websites, and maybe we will discover you there. Otherwise you may as well take a shot sending us something, who knows?
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We offer five author copies upon publication of a non-anthology publication, and as many copies as the author would like to buy at discount (though you DO NOT need to buy any at all if you do not wish to). We will also use 5 of your poems for inclusion in that year's anthology.
We cannot guarantee reviews - and are finding it harder to get reviews than ever before, but we will do our best to market your work. We encourage authors to try to get reviews too, so we can both work to ensure the best coverage for your work possible. We don't offer a contract currently, and we don't pay royalties at the moment - though we are working on establishing the press to the point where we can pay royalties.
We used to sell PDFs, we don't anymore as we wish to focus on physical books. HOWEVER, we are happy to offer PDFs of our books to anybody who emails. We are doing this to ensure people who can't afford our books, and people who have access issues, and therefore require e-books, are still able to access our catalogue.