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.

Guidelines > CHAPBOOKS > POETRY & PROSE

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)

Guidelines > MICRO CHAPBOOKS > POETRY & PROSE

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.

Ends in 4 days $ 3.00 - 25.00
$ 3.00 - 25.00
Our tip jar submissions are optional (available to you if our queue overflows before August 1). There are several options for your consideration:

$3 - thank you! :)
$11 - choose a micro from our line & we'll mail it to you or a friend*. (US only)
$15 - choose a micro from our line & we'll mail them to you or a friend*. (Anywhere!)
$17 - choose two micros from our line and we'll mail them to you or a friend*. (US only)
$25 - choose two micros from our line & we'll mail them to you or a friend*. (Anywhere!)
*or we'll donate the micro of your choice to a library / zine library / traveling project if you prefer.

(If you're anti-fees and this is the only micro chap option you see, our queue is full. We welcome your chapbook submission in January, or you can try us again next July for micros!)

Submit no more than 1 chapbook in each genre until you receive a reply.
Simultaneous submissions considered.
Reading submissions in courier typeface makes us very sad—we don’t like reading those manuscripts. Please use Garamond 12 point (or Times New Roman in a pinch).

Pieces should be linked in some way (theme, voice, image, place, etc), or some kind of exploratory arc. It should feel like a stand-alone cluster of work, even if it's part of a larger body.

Submission period: July 1 - Aug 1.

Fiction: We look for evocative work loaded with vivid image or sound, voices full of fierce attitude or lyric quality.

Poetry: We prefer free verse poems or prose poems, and will consider both lyric and narrative.

We'll produce each micro in a open edition—the exact format will be determined at press time. (We're also toying with the idea of sculptural covers.) For samples of our work, please see the current catalog: Porkbelly Press at Wicked Little Heart.

In addition to our regular size chaps, we'd like to offer these small works to introduce readers to a variety of poets and writers—a little something to give folks a taste of your voice.

We prefer that a piece or two be unpublished, but do not require it. The micro chap should not have already appeared in its entirety in a longer work. (Please don't send us a micro chap composed of work in your already-published full length collection.)

Requirements for Submission

  1. 8-10 pages of poetry, prose poetry, micro fiction, or micro creative nonfiction. .doc, .docx, .rtf formats accepted.
  2. Short bio including blog or website link (if applicable) and links to any books or chaps currently available (so we can promote you).
  3. Dedication & acknowledgements do not count against page total. Table of contents is not necessary.

Payment for Accepted Works

10 copies of your micro chapbook (paper covers) or 3 if we do a sculptural cover. (We've got bookbinders & artists on staff, and we like to leave ourselves open to inspiration.) Discount on author/poet copies (15% to 30% depending on production method/costs).

Very Important Note
If you find you've made a mistake with your submission, please request an edit rather than withdrawing & resubmitting.