This publishing house has banned manuscripts with cover letters beginning 'Dear Sirs'
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The female-run Irish publishing house Tramp Press has taken a stand against ‘sexism in publishing’ in new changes to its submission guidelines. The women in charge, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen, describe themselves as “dreaded women”, and say they experience misogyny “in lots of ways all the time” at Tramp Press. They specifically detail multiple instances of being addressed as ‘Dear Sirs’, and receiving cover letters from authors who solely read male-authored books and list male-authored influences. The sexist submissions were previously tossed into the ‘slush pile’, “lest we let any truly exciting piece of work pass us by”, Davis-Goff and Coen wrote. It might not come as much of a surprise that nothing singularly exceptional was ever discovered out of these “overtly sexist” submissions, and Tramp Press never published any of them.
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