Porkbelly Press is an independent chapbook press based in Cincinnati, Ohio (where pigs fly). We print chapbooks, zines (such as the body image zine Love Me, Love My Belly), and the literary magazine Sugared Water. (SW has its own submittable site: sugaredwater.submittable.com.)

We print in limited & open editions and handbind everything we make. We consider works ranging from literary to genre work, with a preference for speculative fiction and fabulism. Fairy tales make our little gold hearts go pitty-pat. Hey, our logo is a flying pig!

If you’re into things with attitude, with beauty, and a sense or humor, you’ve definitely come to the right place.


Chapbook Submission Period:
January 1 – January 31.

We consider chapbooks in the following forms:

- poetry or prose poems
- collections of flash or micro fiction
- short fiction (usually one or two stories)
- creative nonfiction such as lyric essays & flash
- black & white art + poetic or micro prose forms
- graphic narratives (must reproduce well around 5x4 inches)


Porkbelly Press also prints open edition micro chapbooks. We consider 8-10 pages of poetry (long or short) OR 8-10 pages of micro fiction or micro CNF. We also have a particular interest in micro prose poetry.

Sub. Period: July 1 - August 1.

Guidelines > Zine > Love Me, Love My Belly

Love Me, Love My Belly (LMLMB) is an annual print zine dedicated to the acceptance of self and imperfection as beauty. It’s about the space between us, our differences, our scars, our wobbly bits, and our power as it relates to the bodies we live in.

We currently consider electronic submissions only. Our zine reading period fluctuates. For 2015, we anticipate reading: Feb 10 - April 10 & Sept 10 - Oct 10.

LMLMB considers a variety of works ranging from photographs to speculative fiction in which size or body image is a central theme. We're looking for work that ultimately comes to a positive message or close, work that revolves around self acceptance, or work that seeks to accept imperfection as beautiful.

Please do not submit work that apologizes for itself.

$ 15.00 - 20.00
This option allows you to submit and also to choose a title from our catalog of chapbooks.

We sometimes leave it open outside of our regular reading period (which is January).

Off-season submission is with donation. This not only supports the press, but it also gives you a chance to see what our work is like. You can choose which chap you'd like to receive, or leave it up to us.

Please submit a total of 12 to 28 pages of work including a bio page & acknowledgements.
Make a note of your genre in the cover letter.

Submit in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf, one piece per page (use insert > page break when formatting your manuscript as a .doc or .docx). Include acknowledgements, a bio with no more than 5 previous publications (bios get boring when they're just a wall of journal titles), and a dedication if you would like one. Be sure to include your contact information in the cover letter section of the Submittable submission form. A table of contents is not necessary.

Please note in your cover letter which chapbook you'd like to receive, or if you'd like us to pick one for you.

Ends on December 31, 2016
Porkbelly Press is seeking artwork for potential use on our chapbook & micro chapbook covers. Please submit images from your body of work, be they drawings, paintings, photos, ceramics, sculpture, or any other media. We prefer to use images or details of images, and our minimum size requirement is 6 x 5.25 inches, but we prefer to wrap the cover at 6 x 10.5 inches.

We'd like to see 72ppi JPGs for evaluation, and we'll ask for 300ppi images should we accept your work.

Though we do not currently compensate with cash, we do pay in 2 copies of the chapbook on which your work appears, and provide a link in our artist's gallery, as well as contact information/website link in the book itself.

We're seeking saturated images in color or black and white, high quality digital reproductions of source material (only works owned and created by you, the artist, please). We're not married to a particular style or medium, and will consider anything from figurative, photo real drawings right along the spectrum to collage or impressionistic oils.

Above all, we're looking for work that excites the eye, wakes us up from the every day, and cries out to wrap around some really fantastic poetry or prose.