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.
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.
Works should range from 500 to 5,000 words in standard manuscript format. (We prefer Times New Roman or Garamond font.) All kinds of work will be considered, including essay, lyric essays, letters, lists, profiles, and chunks of memoir.
Whether it's a letter to a younger self, or an essay about the body as a map of survival, we're looking for work with distinctive voice.
We will read up to 5 poems at a time. Each poem should somehow be grounded in or reference body. Rhyming poetry is a difficult sell for us.
Include all of your poems in one
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.
We will consider literary fiction as well as work that delves into the realm of speculative fiction. Body should be an important element in the story.
Please make a note in your cover letter about how you believe that your story addresses our theme.
All media will be considered so long as the body is a central theme.
Please include a list of titles, media, and sizes with up to 5 pieces/pages of work (submitted individually). Initial submission should be .jpgs of up to 7 inches on the longest side. Vertical (portrait) format is preferred, but not required.
We will also consider comics and sequential art via this submission category.
(We will request a print-ready version of your image if your work is accepted.)