Glass Lyre Guidelines
Glass Lyre Press invites high quality manuscripts that reflect mature and seasoned writing with masterful imagery, lyricism, and emotional resonance. We are attracted to eloquent and clever writing which also fires the imagination, and most importantly, the rare talent for shining a light on the human condition. Because we believe this kind of work is deserving of recognition, we award two prizes annually to the manuscripts which come closest to this vision.
GLP editors read and select from submitted manuscripts and make decisions based on the quality of writing, language, lyricism and meaning, as well as the impact of the book as a whole.
- Full length poetry collections and chapbooks will be considered.
- A ten-point evaluation system as well as a review method is used to evaluate and select manuscripts. Manuscripts which receive 8 points and above are considered for publication.
- Ideal manuscripts would have a balance of styles and forms, meaning and depth, beautifully crafted language, and work that is fresh and impactful. Individual poems must stand on their own merit but complement each other, and work together to present a cohesive and well-ordered manuscript.
- Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed. Please inform us immediately upon the acceptance of your manuscript by another publisher.
- While we encourage the inclusion of work previously published in a journal or anthology, we prefer not to include entire works already published as chapbooks, or a significant portion of another book. Please limit up to 6 poems from a previous chapbook/book.
Glass Lyre Book Prizes
- The Kithara Book Prize (Reading January 1st—February 1st)
- The Lyrebird Award (Reading September 1st—October 1st)
Winning authors will receive an award certificate and a $500 check from Glass Lyre Press.
We also honor an outstanding manuscript annually by naming it the "Glass Lyre Editor's Choice." It was previously called (Glass Lyre's) Best Book Award. The following books were named in this list:
2018 Fall Risk by Cameron Morse
2017 Night Ladder by Lois P. Jones
2016 Gravel Ghosts by Megan Merchant
At Glass Lyre we have two reading periods:
- January 1st—February 1st
- September 1st—October 1st
Our reading period for the Kithara Book Prize will reopen January 1st, 2019. Follow our Glass Lyre Press Facebook page for updates.
Due to considerable expenses incurred for reading and production, Glass Lyre Press charges a non-refundable $25 reading fee for full-length collections and $15 for chapbooks. Approximate page limits as follow: Full-length (90 Poetry) and Chapbooks (40 Poetry).
- Read the author checklist below before submitting.
- Electronic submissions are strongly preferred.
- We will acknowledge receipt of your submission within 2-3 weeks.
- We will contact you regarding the status of your submission by the end of the submitting period.
- Email with author’s full name in subject line, followed by manuscript title.
- Confirmation number of PayPal reading/entry fee transaction.
- Cover letter with author’s contact information.
- Attached bio note of under 250 words, and prior publication credits for poems/stories from the manuscript, if possible.
- Attached manuscript file in a PDF, Word .doc or .docx, or .txt format.
- Email to Submission Editors: Editor@GlassLyrePress.com
After a manuscript has been accepted for publication
- A letter of acceptance along with an author contract and information will be mailed out.
- After the signed contract is returned, the author will have a chance to look over the manuscript before final submission to layout. The author will be informed when production will begin on the book when prior projects in queue are cleared.
- The author should have at least one book blurb written by a well published writer, editor, or critic for the back cover.
- The layout department will contact the author with a galley for corrections, and an electronic proof will be sent to the author for final approval before printing.
- GLP will announce the book launch and promote it when first released, but the author is responsible for any further promotion, marketing, and sales.
- Upon request, Glass Lyre will send authors their annual sales record as provided by the distributor.
- Authors get 10 free books and 25-40% discount on additional copies but no royalties. However, after a book sells 500 copies (including discounted author orders) its author receives 10% royalty of list price for subsequent copies.
- Please note:
Glass Lyre is a print on demand press that uses Lightning Source Ingram for printing. Lightning Source supports a CMYK color model and offers matte and glossy finish for covers, cream and white for interiors. Ingram distributes to various vendors worldwide, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Glass Lyre is NOT responsible for pricing fluctuations, sales rankings, and availability issues from individual vendors. However, authors and customers may purchase books and journals directly from Glass Lyre Press.