Blanket Sea Press will be open to submissions of chapbooks from February 1st-28th, 2022.  We’re considering both poetry and creative nonfiction chapbooks and will be selecting 1-2 books to be published in 2022. Please read the following guidelines closely and feel free to email us at blanketsealit@gmail.com with any questions or accessibility requests.

Our press has a focus and a mission. We’re interested in work that addresses lived experience around chronic illness, mental illness, and disabilities. Our goal is to help raise awareness, empathy, and understanding as well as promote disability advocacy and rights. To get a feel for the kind of work we’re interested in, please read our magazine and check out our press titles. This chapbook submission call is for books that have themes or content around lived experience of chronic illness, chronic pain, and/or physical disabilities. The books will be published as pay what you want, donation-based titles in PDF and audiobook format. 10% of Blanket Sea’s proceeds will go to a nonprofit advocacy organization of the author’s choosing.

Guidelines:

  • Chapbooks should be 25-40 pages in length.
  • The work can be poetry or creative nonfiction, which includes essays and short memoir. Hybrid works with both poetry and creative nonfiction will be considered. Chapbooks may also include original artwork, but must be primarily text.
  • We are open to all styles but gravitate toward writing that tells a compelling story, expresses an experience or emotion, and immerses the reader into the world of the work. For poetry, we usually don’t go for rhyming or work that is difficult to follow due to heavy formatting or highly abstract language.
  • The work must include themes and content around lived experience of chronic illness, chronic pain, and/or physical disabilities. It can contain content outside of those themes as well, but there must be a strong element around one or more of those themes.

What We’re Not Looking For:

  • Work by parents or caregivers.
  • Fiction or genre writing.
  • Material containing ableist or discriminatory language or themes.
  • Authors who display ableist, discriminatory, harassing, or bullying behavior in the community.
  • Plagiarism. All work must be 100% original. Any found poetry must be appropriately cited.

We encourage submissions from diverse, intersectional, and multiply-marginalized authors. We’re open to both new and established authors. We offer a home to works and authors that other presses might not understand or feel comfortable publishing. The editorial team at Blanket Sea Press all have lived experience of disability.

There are no required submission fees, but we greatly appreciate any donations via Ko-Fi. Making a donation while downloading our press titles also helps to support us and our authors. Donations will not influence our decisions in any way.

Please send submissions in Word doc or PDF format along with a short cover letter about the work, an author bio, and any social media links to blanketsealit@gmail.com. Include the words “Chapbook Submission” along with the work’s title and author name in the subject line. The cover letter, bio, and links can be included in the body of the email. You do not need to include a table of contents in the document. We only need a title page and the work itself. If any poems or essays have been previously published, please include an acknowledgements page at the end of the manuscript with that information.

Authors chosen for publication will be paid royalties and their books will be available for purchase in PDF and audiobook format through the press website.

We hope to make decisions within 4-6 weeks of the submission deadline. If we’re overwhelmed by the response, we may decide to close submissions early, so please get work in ASAP to ensure it will be read. Since we want this submission call to be accessible to everyone, we have chosen not to require reading fees, but this also means we’ll be limited to how many submissions we can read and accept.

Thank you so much for considering Blanket Sea Press. We look forward to reading your work!