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.
2020 SUBMISSION DATES:
1st October - 31st October = Open for submissions of poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages)
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 (30-150 pages)
1st July - 31st August = Open for submissions of non-fiction pamphlets (30-150 pages)
1st October - 30th November = Open for submissions of poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages)
Poetry collections = 40+
Poetry pamphlets = 15-40
Non-fiction = 0-150
Fiction = 0-150
A5 size preferred for all submissions, unless enquired first.
Minion pro font, size 10. (If font unavailable, Palatino Linotype is fine - or the classic Times New Roman)
Page numbers at bottom.
Name at top.
Include a short biography, and previous publications, 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 will be discarded without being read.
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 are in a position now where we can pay royalties from the start of 2021. This will be 10% on the full price of every book sold after the first 50 copies, plus you will get 5 free author copies and 50% discount on any future copies you wish to purchase. To ensure royalties are paid correctly and everything is done fairly, we will be asking for contracts to be signed, however these will be as unobtrusive as can be; there will be no first refusals, no exclusivity deals, and nothing that will tie you in. Just a simple contract to ensure you get paid and to ensure you don't release anything you aren't happy with. 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 are not open to any other submissions. 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.
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.