Hello Lovely Artists!

Swimming with Elephants Publications are in search of artwork for an upcoming book cover.

The book is about intersex and the author is seeking a design which is reflective of the two gendered/two faced alchemic design. (Find inspiration and get an idea of what we are looking for here:

Please submit your file in a JPEG or PNG format through our submittable account. You may submit as many different times as you like. Include a short cover letter to let us know what your goals are as an artist.

We are not seeking a full cover design but an image that can be place on a book cover. We are capable of editing and/or resizing the artwork as needed. Although if you are interested in creating the full cover, we can discuss that process at time of selection.

There is no fee to submit your artwork. The artwork chosen by the author will receive a commission plus publication.


SwEP Soiree: The Poetry Event of the Year!

Join Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC for the poetry event of the year!

This December recognizes five years of publishing and we have a lot to celebrate:

We have a new anthology, Parade, featuring new poetry from Jessica Helen Lopez, Kevin Barger, SaraEve Fermin, Wil Gibson, Courtney Butler, Matthew Brown, Kat Heatherington, and many more.

We have a new logo created by the amazing Krystal Wood-Kofonow which we have plastered all over stickers, t-shirts, bags, and more.

We have SwEP Swag donated by one of our most dedicated patrons.

We will be releasing our new commercial created by Gina Falcone.

We will be viewing a photo slideshow constructed by Gina Marselle.

Join us for the festivities on December 15th at Tortuga Gallery from 6-9.

We will incorporate music and poetry throughout the night beginning at 6pm and going till 9pm, with a toast at 7:30pm.

Poetry Performers include:

Bassam, Emily Bjustrom, Courtney Butler, Kat Heatherington, Zachary Kluckman, Manuel Gonzalez, Sarita Gonzalez, Jessica Helen Lopez, Kristian Macaron, Manuel Montoya, Mary Oishi, More TBA

Musical Guest:

Kai Ocean

Merchandising! Merchandising! Merchandising!

Although we are after a fun and radical celebration, we have another goal of raising money for future ISBNs. All proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing new ISBNs for our future publications. There will be special pricing on books and merchandise, and an anonymous donation jar to help us reach this goals. An size donation will get you in the door, but a minimum 5$ donation will get you a SwEP Swag bag.

All available books will be priced at 10$ each or three for 20$. Bring cash or credit card (a 1$ service charge will be added for credit card purchases).

SwEP Swag bags (value $25-$30) will include a variety of Swimming with Elephants Publications merchandise and books. Get a SwEP Swag bag with a minimum $5 donation. We have a limited number of SwEP Swag bags, so get there early to get your hands on one.

We will also have a limited number of other merchandise for sale. Get there early to get dips. If we run out of what you are looking for, you can prepay for an order to be delivered to your home.

Gift wrapping available (as long as your tip our wrapper).

Please note: The Swimming with Elephants Flamethrower is not available at this time.

Food and Drink

This is a pot luck, bring your own beverage event.

Please attempt to bring reusable plates/cups etc. View Tortuga’s Zero Waste Goals for more information. 

Stop by to for a toast, wish us luck for the next five years, and sign our memory book.

After party destination to be determined.

The Haps

Save the Date: December 15, 2018

This December recognizes five years of publishing and we have a lot to celebrate: We have a new anthology, Parade, a new logo, SwEP Swag, a new commercial and a photo slideshow.

Join us for the festivities on December 15th at Tortuga Gallery from 6-9. We will incorporate music and poetry throughout the night beginning at 6pm and going until 9pm, with a toast at 7:30pm.

Any SwEP authors who would like to perform, please contact me. We really just want to have you there. You will be able to pick up your SwEP Swag and contributor copies of our anthology.

Keep your eyes on the website and facebook page for more information on our upcoming festivities.


Open Call for Chapbooks

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC (SwEP) is hosting a chapbook open call to find some fresh work and new voices from October 15-December 15, 2018.  Click here for more information.

From our submissions, our guest judges will choose three for publication. All three chosen publications will receive the same award of 25 author copies. All our publications include an ISBN, Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC contract, and creative control over cover and production. For more information on what SwEP provides its authors or to see a general contract, please email us.


New Releases


Current Projects

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC currently has its hands full with various projects:

  • We are working diligently on the submission process for our Open Call for Chapbooks, creating a new edition of Light as a Feather, wrapping up two publications: Diaspora and Parade, planning our Anniversary party, and organizing and reading submissions for the Weekly Write 2019.


Support and Donations

There are many ways to support our authors: Purchase books from our poets, review books on websites and in print journals, see our poets perform when they come to a town near you, interact with our website and Facebook page, or send them compliments and applause.

Supporting our writers and events also helps support our press, but as a not for profit, growth can be difficult. Consider supporting our press by purchasing anthologies, donating through our website (via PayPal), or placing orders for multiple copies directly through us rather than a major book distributor. All our contact information is available on our website.


As always we encourage interaction with our website and Facebook page, as well as welcoming reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other book review places. Please contact us with any questions or queries.