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
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.
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Porkbelly Press seeks samplings of poems and micro fictions from
poets & writers around the world. We're reading poetical offerings
of 8 to 10 pages (multiple pieces or a one or two long poems), or 8 to
10 pages of micro-prose (no more than 150 words each). Pieces should be
linked in some way (theme, voice, image, place, etc). We prefer a tight thread linking them. Have a proposal for 8-12 pages arranged in a different way? Send us a note in your cover letter!
Submission period: July 1 - Aug 1.
look for evocative work loaded with vivid image or sound, voices full
of fierce attitude or lyric quality.
Poetry: We prefer free verse poems,
prose poems, and will consider both lyric and narrative. We'd be
delighted to see some modern American haiku as well (each haiku must stand up to its own page).
produce each chapbook 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.
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.
Requirements for Submission
- 8-10 pages of poetry, prose poetry, micro fiction, or micro creative nonfiction. .doc, .docx, .rtf formats accepted.
- Short bio including blog or website link (if applicable) and links to any books or chaps currently available (so we can promote you).
- Dedication & acknowledgements do not count against page total. Table of contents is not necessary.
Payment for Accepted Works10
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).
Ends on 9/10/2015
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 and a bio with no more than 5 previous publications (bios get boring when they're just a wall of journal titles). 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.
Ends on 12/31/2015
Though tipping doesn't mean we'll treat your submission differently than others, it does garner our good thoughts, thanks, and some good vibes sent out into the universe in your name. :)
Please be sure to make a note of your genre when submitting via the jar!
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.