Porkbelly Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


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.

If you're looking for our Charcuterie (orphaned chapbooks) queue, we've moved it to our lit mag's queue: https://sugaredwater.submittable.com/submit/97145/charcuterie-porkbelly-press

Guidelines > CHAPBOOKS > POETRY & PROSE

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)

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. 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.