Broken Sleep Books are a working-class, small, innovative press, who publish a range of poetry and prose, from a range of writers. Our primary focus is in increasing access to the arts, in ensuring more people are able to engage with creativity regardless of their socioeconomic status. We particularly wish to dismantle the gentrification of creative arts, and we encourage more working-class, LGBTQ+, and POC writers to submit. Politically we are left wing, and have no interest in misogynists, racist, sexists, the alt-right, or dickheads in general.
1st January - 28th February = Open for submissions of wildcard books (books that don't fit with our other submission windows)
1st April - 31st May = Open for submissions of poetry collections (40 pages+)
1st July - 31st August = Open for submissions of non-fiction prose pamphets (up to 150 pages)
1st October - 30th November = Open for submissions of poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages)
[NO unsolicited submissions outside of these windows]
Poetry collections = 40+
Poetry pamphlets = 15-40
Non-fiction prose = 40-150 (send a sample of 40-70 pages)
Please enquire if outside of these pages.
Please send as a Word document or PDF. Please do not put your work in the body of the email or send .pages, links to websites or file transfer sites - these will be deleted.
Size 10 font for main text.
Simultaneous submissions ok - but please indicate if this is the case in your email.
All submissions considered, regardless of location.
Collaborative submissions are considered.
Wildcard submissions are intended for all books that don't fit into the other window specifications.
Include a short biography and brief synopsis, in the body of an email.
For poetry, please list any poetic influences or poets you admire.
Subject: [Poetry pamphlet/Poetry collection/Non-fiction/Wildcard] Submission - [Name], [Title]
We have no definitive preference for what are looking for, we enjoy a variety of genres and styles and consider anything. If it's good enough for us we'll take it. We are fine with previously published work in a book, but it isn't essential, and should preferably not be more than 50% of the full MS. We are happy to look at translations - but keep in mind that we do facing-page and would require both the original language and the translated language.
We pay 10% royalties, with the author receiving 5 free author copies. The author may buy as many books as they wish at 50% discount, whenever they wish, and all Broken Sleep authors receive a permanent discount on all of our books.
If you need to email regarding a query please email email@example.com as the submissions email address is not checked during submission windows. Any submissions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will be discarded without being read. We hope to respond to all submissions within 8-10 weeks of the closing date.
Please consider buying a book so you know what we produce and how we publish, though this will not affect your chances at all.
We are sorry but we are unable to give feedback to any submissions we don't take on, this is simply because we get so many submissions that we just don't have the time. You can, however, use the editorial service to pay for feedback if you wish.
There is no charge to submit to us, submissions are free and will remain so. If you do wish to leave a tip you can do so here, but tips will not affect the outcome of your submission. Thank you!