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 work and fabulism. Fairy tales make our little gold hearts go pitty-pat.

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
(or until queue overflows, which is often around Jan 15th)

We consider chapbooks in the following forms:

- poetry or prose poems
- collections of flash or micro fiction
- 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. We anticipate reading: Feb 10 - April 10 & Sept 10 - Oct 10.

LMLMB considers a variety of works ranging from art and poetry to essays 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.

Works should range from 500 to 5,000 words in standard manuscript format. (We prefer Times New Roman or Garamond typeface, 12 point.) 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.

Previously published works (reprints) considered on a case by case basis. You must notify us in your cover letter & state the original publication and format (you must also have the rights to publish again as reprint). If you're unsure, check with your previous publisher before submitting.
Ends on October 10, 2017

We will read up to 5 poems at a time, preferring at least 3. Each poem should somehow be grounded in (or reference) body.

Rhyming poetry is a difficult sell for us, as is an abundance of alliteration.

Include all of your poems in one document.

We prefer high contrast black and white work.
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 prefer to look at multiple images, so please send at least 3 related works if possible.

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.)