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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.

Bookstores and Resellers

Please email us for order information. Many of our more recent titles are distributed by Small Press Distribution, and most of the fiction titles are available from Ingram, and everything is available directly from us. Our complete backlist is available on this site. Enter any title, author, or ISBN in one of the search boxes and you should find it. ISBNs should be searchable with or without dashes.

Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

Submissions are temporarily closed while we catch up on the backlog. Check back in January, 2021.

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, in fact admonished, to study our list before submitting. We charge a submission fee not because we’re trying to make a profit but because we want you to take your submission seriously

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. This work, too, normally has 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.


Feel free to contact us via email with questions.

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