Scarlet is a bimonthly blog dedicated to publishing the work of artists whose pieces give voice to the complexities of our multiple identities. In keeping with JIP’s mission to uplift marginalized voices, Scarlet aims to showcase bold and unique framings of the view from the margins, giving strong preference to writing that questions norms and provokes discourse. We are looking for work that redraws lines and reclaims spaces. Submissions should be original works of poetry or prose that amounts to 1500 words, or less.

Payment for submissions selected for publication on Scarlet is $80.
Email submissions to scarlet@jadedibispress.com

I’m interested in submissions from authors who have a distinctive voice and write books that explore the lives and concerns of those who identify as women and/or people of color.

Compelling narratives that transcend the status quo to introduce new perspectives are my preference.

While I seek prose, my poetic sensibilities love rich, vivid writing that is mindful of the music/rhythm of language.

I’m a fan of historical fiction, such as Brit Bennet’s The Vanishing Half or Marlon James’ The Book of Night Women, and welcome an element of spirituality or magical realism. Books based in social justice, wellness, personal triumph or family dynamics fascinate me. Memoirs and works that explore the ways food and place inform the human experience are among my greatest joys.

Favorite authors include: James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, MFK Fisher,  Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, Arundhati Roy, and Ntozake Shange.

Genres of interest: Creative nonfiction, Memoir, Fiction (Adult & Middle Grade), Social Commentary, Travel and Food Writing.

Please submit a sample chapter and introductory letter with book synopsis.

We are looking for writing with no holds barred: visceral, subtle, loud, honest, confounding prose that tackles a personal or universal truth and that makes us see the world around us more clearly or from a different perspective. Whether the manuscript deals with themes related to social justice, persecution, feminism, or reveals something about what it’s like to struggle through this world, with all the related losses and triumphs and unanswered questions that entails, we want to read it! Our past publications explore these themes with an additional focus on intersectionality.

We are open to nonfiction and fiction submissions, short stories, and long-form prose. Above all, we are interested in superb writing that allows readers to question their place in the world and the nature of humanity at large. We can’t wait to read your work!

Jaded Ibis Press welcomes your comments or questions.

1. Submissions without full contact details will not be considered.

2. Authors are requested to inform Jaded Ibis Press immediately if the piece has been accepted by another publication.

Thank you so much for your interest in submitting your work. Currently, our submission process is closed, but we’ll be opening up again soon for our 2026-2027 publication. We can’t wait to see what you’ll submit!

First off, if you get your work accepted by us, congratulations! We can’t wait to work with you.
As a publisher, we ask for exclusive rights to your manuscript for its duration, including the rights to produce your work for Kindle, Print-on-Demand services, book club publications, and per the author’s approval, anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and other relevant works. 
For our literary blog Scarlet, we ask for exclusive rights to your material for one year starting at time of publication, with the same breadth of production rights outlined above.
For royalties, as a small publisher we cannot pay advances, but we do provide 40% of net proceeds of the manuscript, including original sales, book club editions, and paperback editions. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to marketing@jadedibispress.com, and we will do our best to answer in a timely manner.