Swimming with Elephants Publications

an independent, not for profit, publishing agent focusing on supporting the working author and non-profit organizations

SwEP is now Open for Submissions

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Light as a feather coverManuscript Submissions are now OPEN!

Do you have a collection of poetry, prose, or combination of the two that would like to take a swim with us?

Please consider submitting your completed manuscript to Swimming with Elephants Publications during the month of June for consideration in our first call for open manuscript submissions.

Please submit a manuscript which includes 10-40 pieces. One poem/prose per page please. Portions of the manuscript may have appeared in other journals/publications, but not the manuscript as a whole.

Loved Always TomorrowYour manuscript should include a cover letter, a bio, title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgement page (as needed). All pages must be numbered (you may add a dedication page if you wish).

Please keep in mind the format will be adapted to fit the specifics of our publication requirements.

Cover designs will be inquired at a later date upon acceptance.

In lieu of a submission fee, we will require the purchase of one (but please feel free to buy several) of our publications. We recommend one of our chapbooks, anthologies, or other publications so that you are aware of our products. You may purchase our collections through Amazon.com or avoid the evils of corporations by ordering from bkwrks.com (our local, independent book distributor). Please include the receipt number from your order in your cover letter.

WriterSimultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere. We aim to respond to all submissions within 30 days of receipt (usually less).

If your manuscript is accepted you will be contacted with contract details and may at that time accept or decline our offer for publication.

SeptemberThe chosen author will receive the basic contract with Swimming with Elephants Publications which includes twenty-five author copies for accepted manuscripts, representation on-line and at local bookstores, and any other aid support our press can contribute to help make your publications a success.

Our taste is eclectic. We want poems and/or prose that resonates and reaches beyond inclusive boundaries. We are not bias toward any particular style (we enjoy minimalism poetry just as much as performance pieces, and although are prone to free verse, also enjoy well crafted form poetry). Move us, appeal to our senses, invoke emotion, use interesting and surprising language, and words that resonate. We are partial to collections which have a common theme or cohesiveness, and of course collections that seem publication ready with minimal editing.

VerbrennenAs writers we know what it is like to edit a poem to death. We know all too well that poems are never finished, but abandoned. If you submission is accepted, additional editing should be minimal, so please proofread, revise, edit, and then let that little bird fly.

Established and new poets/writers are encouraged to submit.  Again, please submit a finished and polished manuscript only.

Portions of all accepted chapbooks are eligible for nomination for the Pushcart poetry prize (and other applicable prizes).

Submissions that ignore these guidelines (or parts of these guidelines) will likely be declined immediately.

Submissions and other correspondence should be sent to: swimwithelephants@gmail.com. Please write “CHAPBOOK SUBMISSION” in the subject line of your email. Please attach your manuscript as a PDF or DOC file (preferred).

If your manuscript is declined you may consider submitting individual pieces to our quarterly anthology: Catching Calliope.

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