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About Lavender Ink and Diálogos

Lavender Ink was founded in 1995 in New Orleans by Bill Lavender, who is still the Director and Editor in Chief. The Press is a sole-proprietorship, not a 501-C3 nor any other type of corporation, and is funded solely by revenues from book sales and some small grants and funding initiatives for individual books. Prior to 2012 the press published only poetry, but is now publishing fiction, nonfiction and other genres, also. Diálogos is an imprint of Lavender Ink devoted to literatures which have cross-cultural significance, primarily but not exclusively literature in translation. It is envisioned, too, that such work will often have a political component.

Although there is no formal editorial board, submissions are peer-reviewed via a large network of poets, writers and scholars around the nation. Many of the authors and translators in our current list peer-review new submissions, and though the list of those who have helped out in the past is long, we single out Peter Thompson, professor of romance languages at Roger Williams University, longtime friend and supporter of the press, whose advice on matters of translation and world literature we cannot do without. It was out of conversations with Peter that Diálogos was born.


Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

Lavender Ink and Diálogos welcome submission via our Submission Manager. We are interested in any work of literary merit in any genre, including anthologies or collections. Submitters are encouraged to study our list before submitting.

We are interested in any work of literary merit, normally in the broad categories of Contemporary Poetry and Fiction and Literature in Translation. We will, however, consider work in other genres as well, in our "open" category.

While our two imprints represent different categories of publications, you need not concern yourself with which imprint you are submitting to. The two imprints emphasize the following:

Lavender Ink: Contemporary Poetry, Fiction and other genres in English.

Diálogos: Works of international or cross-cultural significance, including works in translation and/or any work which engages multiple cultures. It is envisioned, too, that such work will often have a political component.

To submit a manuscript, please upload the complete manuscript, prefaced by a letter of introduction and biographical note listing publications and any other relevant data, all in a single document. If the work is a translation or anthology, include information about publication rights.

The preferred format for the manuscript is MS Word or .rtf. Please use .pdf only if the original is in another format or if there are graphics or delicate spacing issues.

Payment/Compensation and Contractual Issues: We do not pay advances, but we do pay royalties. A standard royalty arrangement would be 30% of net proceeds. Note that royalties are calculated on the net, not on the list price.

Normal terms include 10 free author copies and the access to buy any quantity at 50% of retail. We will send out a limited number of review and promotional copies, but we do not normally purchase paid advertising. Authors are expected to assist in their own promotions with readings, social media, review solicitations, etc.

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