Tramp Press Seeking Brilliant New Fiction | Resources | Getting Published | Submission Opportunities

Setting up a new publishing company, for fiction titles at that, could be viewed as a curious endeavour given the current challenges facing bookshops, wholesalers and publishers. But for Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff, founders of Tramp Press, their mutual passion for fiction and shared experience in the sector made it a natural decision. They chose the name ‘Tramp’ in reference to the playwright John Millington Synge, because they loved the idea of the artist as a outsider who has the potential to shake things up, and as a nod to other publishers they admire, such as Virago

TRAMP PRESS follows in the rich tradition of independent Irish publishers such as Brandon, Wolfhound and The Lilliput Press – where Sarah and Lisa became friends – and seeks to engage the best practices of traditional publishers while also employing the opportunities that digital tools provide. They believe, as Lisa puts it, that ‘people who love books will always crave brilliant new writing. We want to help them get their hands on it. Tramp Press will publish books for readers, and will work to bring great writing in from the cold.’

For many authors finding a publisher is hugely challenging and sometimes, even then, they can get lost in larger organisations’ commissioning and editing processes. As Sarah explains ‘we are seeking to create lasting editorial relationships with authors and to provide long-term support and essential criticism for their work’. Tramp are actively seeking fiction submissions across all genres –  email them at They’d like to see three chapters (they don’t have to be sequential), along with a synopsis. Please also send  a cover letter telling a little about yourself and your influences. They currently accept submissions via email only and aim to respond to submissions within a month. If you haven’t heard anything after 6 weeks, please email them.

Tramp’s first title, a debut novel entitled Flight by Oona Frawley, will be published on March 31st 2014 with a further two books to follow later this year.

Flight is the story of four travellers as their journeys intersect one winter in Dublin. Sandrine, a Zimbabwean woman who has left her husband and son behind in the hope of making a better life for them in Ireland, is alone and secretly pregnant. She finds herself working as a carer for Tom and Clare, a couple whose travels are ending as their minds being to fail. Meanwhile Elizabeth, their worldweary daughter, carries the weight of her own body’s secret.

Set in Ireland in 2004 as a referendum on citizenship approaches, Flight is a magically observed story of family and belonging, following the gestation of a friendship during a year of crisis. A story of arrival and departure, the newly found and the left behind, Flight is among a new breed of Irish novel – one that recognises the global nature of Irish experience in the late 20th century, and one that considers Ireland in the aftermath of the failed Celtic Tiger.

Born in New York City to Irish actor parents, Tramp’s launch author is Oona Frawley settled in Ireland in 1999, and completed her PhD (City University of NY) in 2001. Oona has taught at UCD, QUB and TCD, and has lectured English at Maynooth since 2008. She is married, has two children, and runs daily – slowly but compulsively. This is her first novel.

Co- founder of Tramp Press, Lisa Coen, is originally from Mayo but has been living in Dublin for about 10 years now. After studying in NUI Galway, she worked for Hot Press magazine for several years as production co-ordinator She worked as an academic and freelance editor for a short time during her PhD on Irish theatre. She decided to switch to the ‘risk-taking’ side of the arts and worked for a time at Lilliput, where she met Sarah.

Sarah Davis- Goff was born and raised in north County Dublin and went to college at a small, strange liberal arts college called St John’s in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After recieving an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University she gained experience with Penguin in London and Continuum in New York. She then moved back to Dublin and worked with Dalkey Archive Press, and The Lilliput Press, where she was credited with discovering novelist Donal Ryan.

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