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.

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Every now and then, a press closes, shuttering its doors and orphaning its stock, releasing the rights back to its poets and writers. These are gems someone's already believed in and grown into being, books that need a new home in which to flourish, so that future readers may discover them and find author (poet, or essayist) that can lead them through the dark (as Ray Bradbury suggests).

We'd like to have a chance to consider discontinued chapbooks in need of a home.

We propose to re-release a few of these books in 2018, to give them a new life and a new cover, either screenprint or letterpress, handbound and numbered, released in batches of 25-50, up to a total limited edition of no more than 500.

Our 2017 chap line is absolutely full—we would not be going to press on any re-releases/unearthed books until 2018, so if you don't yet have your rights back, but will by then, please let us know in your cover letter.

This is an experiment, and we hope you'll consider being a part of it.

Please submit:
- 8 to 26 pages of poetry, prose poems, hybrid form, or creative nonfiction
- biographical statement (3rd person) as you might like it to appear in a finished book
- acknowledgements (please attribute first appearances by poem title and magazine or anthology)
- pieces all in one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf)
- an email, screenshot, or scan of the paperwork from your first press confirming that your rights are yours or when they will be yours

- dedication or epigraph

If you would like to send us a hardcopy of your original book to peruse, we would love to see it (totally optional!). If you would like to make some tweaks and update the edition, we're open to that too.

We tend to lean toward image-heavy poems or lyric essay, but are open to great things in all forms.

Please use Garamond or Times New Roman. Do not submit to us in Courier or Courier New.

12 pieces that speak to each other are more likely to find a home with us than 26 that are only peripherally linked.

We pay in 10 copies of the chapbook and offer a discount on additional copies.
Poets will be offered a discount of around 25% to 30% off retail price (retail price to be determined on a case by case basis, around $10).
After the first 30 are sold at retail price, $1 from each copy will go to the poet/author, $1 to the cover printmaker, and the rest will go to pay for materials and back into the press. Payments will be made quarterly provided there's at least $5 to send (if not, it'll roll to the next quarter).
If poets/authors prefer to receive copies instead of $, they may choose to receive one copy of their book for every five sold (at retail price).

Response time:
We'll do our best to reply between one and six weeks. If you haven't heard from us within eight weeks, please feel free to query.

Art will be done in-house or by any number of printmaker-friends of the press. Most will probably be done by Nicci. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSEVpmZjUJW/?taken-by=wickedlittleheart is her most recent work in progress (screenprint). Her most recent letterpress work can be seen on the cover of Sugared Water and SKY+SEA.

For more information on our chapbooks, our catalog, or press, please see porkbellypress.com.
All titles are handbound.