Broken Sleep Books are a small, innovative press, who publish a range of pamphlets and collections, from a range of 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.
2021 SUBMISSION DATES:
1st January - 28th February = Open for submissions of poetry collections (40 pages+)
1st April - 31st May = Open for submissions of fiction pamphlets (up to 50 pages)
1st July - 31st August = Open for submissions of non-fiction pamphlets (up to 70 pages)
1st October - 30th November = Open for submissions of poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages)
Poetry collections = 40+
Poetry pamphlets = 15-40
Non-fiction = up to 70
Fiction = up to 50
A5 size preferred for all submissions, this is easily done by changing page size on Word - if not possible submit as standard.
Size 10 font for main text. (Palatino Linotype or Times New Roman is fine)
Page numbers at bottom.
Name on first page.
Include a short biography, and brief synopsis, in the body of an email.
Subject: [Poetry pamphlet/Poetry collection/Fiction/Non-fiction] 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.
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.
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.