digital chapbook submissions for perhappened press are currently closed.
we here at perhappened press strive to publish your truth, whatever it looks like. tell us your story how only you know best. while we accept all work, we especially prize work from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, and/or otherwise marginalized authors.
we are now open for submissions of chapbook manuscripts, which we will format, design, and publish digitally across our website and amazon kindle (stay tuned for updates) in spring 2021, with three chapbooks released each calendar year.
as chapbooks are a massive undertaking, our submissions are not restricted to one theme or genre. we are open to single submissions of 20–50 pages of poetry, flash / short fiction, and/or creative nonfiction (multiple pieces, not excerpts).
we will consider manuscripts with 20-40% previously published pieces, but would like 60-80% never-before-seen work.
dos: risk-taking, genre-blending, picture-painting, navel-gazing works are always appreciated. we find beauty in the odd and oft-overlooked. we want your lived experiences, your can't-believe-that-happeneds, your moments of self-reflection.
donts: racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, antisemitism, ableism, audism, and all other -isms and -phobias will result in your email being deleted and your address blocked. we will not entertain any iteration of prejudice. suggested sexual content is acceptable, but please do not send us gratuitous depictions of sex, genitalia, or sexual assault. thanks!
*using your best judgment, should your chap include graphic and/or distressing themes (e.g. sexual assault, self-harm, suicide, etc.), we ask that you include a content/trigger warning in the body of your email, but not the document itself.
*unfortunately, we are unable to accept visual/art chaps at this time due to accessibility concerns and e-book constraints.
send all manuscripts to firstname.lastname@example.org as a word document only (.doc or .docx). you may additionally include a .pdf copy if special / specific formatting is a concern for you, but please do primarily send a .doc or .docx file.
please send your manuscript with no personal details, including your name or identifying information, in the document itself. we would like 8.5 x 11 pages in 12 pt. times new roman font (single-spaced for poetry, double-spaced for prose).
please allow up to two months for a decision. if you haven't received word back from us by then, you may send us a query.
we welcome simultaneous submissions, but we ask that if your chap is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately via email withdrawal (also to email@example.com, preferably in the same thread). we'll toast to your success!
if you receive a rejection, you may resubmit right away. (please do not submit an edited version of the same chap unless specifically asked.) if you receive an acceptance, congratulations! we're thrilled to be a home to your gorgeous chapbook.
rights, royalties, and payment:
your work always belongs to you first. that being said, if your chapbook is accepted for publication, perhappened press will retain first serial rights. once published, all rights revert back to the author. we kindly ask that if any pieces from your chapbook are forthcoming or published elsewhere in the future, please creditperhappened press as their initial publisher.
our division of profit (after payment processing fees deducted by paypal and/or kindle) is 60-40. this means 60 percent of these royalties go to us, the publisher, and 40 percent go directly to you, the author, however you choose to receive them. this is a competitive rate, especially as we do not charge reading fees, and any profit we retain goes back toward our press.