We love it when people ask for review copies.
We currently have a lot of books on the go, so we are not really open to general submissions. We do welcome queries and sample work from poets who have not yet published a collection, but who have either published work in one or more of these journals we like — Almost Island, Adjacent Pineapple, Amberflora, Bomb, Chicago Literary Review, Commune Magazine, Damn the Caesars, Datableed, Infinite Editions, Intercapillary Space, FIYAH, Hi Zero, Granta, Minor Literatures, Morning Star, No Matter, No Prizes, Poetry Wales, Spam, The Tangerine, Tears in the Fence, Tenebrae, The White Review, Zarf — or who live outside the US/UK. We’ll switch up that list of journals from time to time. We are interested in pamphlets, not full-length collections. But yeah, we are pretty full at the moment!
Money and Law
If you’re thinking of querying, you may want to know that we don’t pay any money to poets. We always share as many author copies and/or review copies as we can afford … and right now we’re doing pretty well, so that is currently all the copies you can eat. For any poet who wants a contractual agreement, we would ask for non-exclusive one-time print and electronic rights worldwide as a default (although we could do it another way, e.g. CC, if you prefer).
Sad Press doesn’t make any profit, but in the past couple of years we have started to break even. We are monitoring this troubling situation. We aren’t especially interested in growing in terms of titles published per year, although we are into bigger print runs and bigger readerships, so we’ll see how it goes. If we do end up with money left over in 2020, we will split it among the poets. We keep the finances of the Rise Up & Repeal anthology separate, and donate the proceeds to the Abortion Support Network. Should you buy from Amazon or directly from this site? Amazon is evil so we guess from our site, right? But other than that, there are pros and cons to both, so whatever works for you is good.