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Sara Bande Open Reading Month-Essay Collection Contest
SEPTEMBER 1 – SEPTEMBER 30
Sarabande Books publishes essay collections between 150-250 pages in length. We accept essay manuscripts for consideration each September. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. A $20 reading fee is required for each manuscript submission. It is best practice to be familiar with our previously published essays before submitting (see titles to the right).
This contest is open to essay manuscripts in English. Individual essays from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books are not eligible.
- A single essay or collection of essays between 150-250 pages
- Manuscript must be paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements page (a list of publications in which stories or sections of the manuscript have appeared).
- Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a separate $20 submission fee.
- Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered.