Welcome to Sledgehammer Chaps, a series of handmade, limited-edition chapbooks featuring exuberant poetry, flash, and impossible to classify hybrid works from creators of all backgrounds.
What's the deal? Eventually, we want to publish one rad new chapbook every month. There's obviously no shortage of talent in the literary community, but the adage 'you've got to crawl before you walk' certainly applies to this endeavour. We'll start slow, rolling out the first chappies in late 2021 and work our way toward monthly releases in 2022.
We've never done this before. In typical Sledgehammer fashion, we'll figure out what we're doing as we go along. We are keen to work closely work with authors to create attractive, limited -edition physical chapbooks.
What are we looking for? Energy and lots of it. We are hoping to publish small collections that dazzle with that trademark Sledgehammer exuberance yet stand cohesively as a unique artistic statement.
As always, we appreciate technicolour
imagery, acrobatic turns of phrase, and a strong sense of place. Crack open your shell and let your inner yolk flow down your chin (metaphorically, of course)
We want a glimpse of the beauty within the ugliness. Pieces that peel back layers of the onion to reveal inner truths. Give us contradictions, vulnerability, whimsy, weirdness. Be a goofball if that's what it takes. Give us sarcasm with sincerity. Make us laugh or make us cry, but above all make us FEEL something. Be yourself, quirks and all. We adore surprises.
This phrase pretty much sums up our style:
Throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.
Meat Draw by J. Archer Avary
released May 2021
More than just a proof-of-concept for the Sledgehammer Chaps series, this debut poetry collection from the Sledgehammer EIC is a thick-cut slice of island life, in equal parts raw and well done. Limited to 25 copies.
WATCH THIS SPACE: More info on Sledgehammer Chaps subscriptions coming soon.
Chapbook Subs will open
from 1 July to 4 July
subs close11:59pm (UTC +1)
Send chapbook manuscripts in .doc or .doc(x) format to. Please no Google docs unless it's your only option:
SPECIFICATIONS: please submit up to 20 pages of poetry, flash, or impossible to classify hybrid pieces in a single document. Please double space any prose, for readability's sake.
TABLE OF CONTENTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: don't worry about ToC too much, as we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Please list the titles of your individual pieces and indicate any previously published material in your email submission.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED MATERIAL: yes, as long as previously published work comprises <50% of the collection, that the author has the right to republish, and that previously publishers are credited in the acknowledgements.
PAYMENT & FEES: no fee to submit, but authors will be paid based on the number of copies sold (we will work out T's & C's together upon acceptance). It won't be much money but it's something!
COVER ART: if you have a concept we will do our best to bring it to life. We want your chapbook to be something you'll be proud of like, forever.
FORMATTING/LAYOUT: we'll work on this together once accepted for publication, so don't worry too much about that. It's the content of your chappie that matters most.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: yes.
RESPONSE TIME: This might take awhile. Sledgehammer is known for quick turnarounds for general submissions, but chapbooks are a different animal. Expect to wait six to eight weeks while we ponder your incredible chappies.
COVER LETTER: let us know a little about who you are, what makes you tick, and about your chapbook submission. we need to know who we'll be working with on the project.
AUTHOR BIO: upon acceptance, and we'll probably allow you to ramble on about your bad self. We'd also like to include an author photo if you're down with that and if you don't we're cool with that too.
● By submitting to us, if accepted, you grant us first world print rights and non-exclusive archival rights.
● All submissions remain the intellectual property of the artist. Rights revert to author after a short period of exclusivity (to be determined after acceptance)
● Please credit Sledgehammer Lit if your work is republished in the future.
RACISM/SEXISM/HOMOPHOBIA/ ETC is never welcome at Sledgehammer.