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DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative

June 12, 2007

Blood Pudding Press: Call for submissions

The word from Juliet Cook of Blood Pudding Press:
Blood Pudding is now recruiting poetry for a special project--a one-off, limited-edition, hand-designed poetry magazine, which will include poems by approximately fifteen to thirty contributors.

Each contributor will receive a one-of-a-kind copy of the issue—and the issue will be gorgeous in its own warped way. If you think you might wish to have your material represented therein, please peruse the guidelines below.

Submissions will be accepted from now until September 7. The magazine will be published in October. I will be announcing its title closer to that time.

Please submit 3-6 poems either in the body of an email OR as an attached Word Document OR both, however you see fit. The subject line of your email should include the words ‘poetry submission’. The body of the email should include a small bio. Cover letter doodad is optional; please do feel free to introduce yourself to me if so inclined, but also feel free to be brief and just submit the poetry and bio.

Submissions should be sent via email to JulietX [at] Bust [dot] com.

Those who submit will hear back from me by the end of the reading period and sometimes sooner. If it’s September 17 and you have still not heard back from me, then you may most certainly feel free to query.

Simultaneous submissions are perfectly acceptable; just let me know promptly if a piece you submitted to me has been accepted elsewhere. I do not desire material that has been previously published in other literary magazines, but stuff that’s been posted to personal blogs is fine.

I will consider whatever is sent to me, but this will be a smallish publication, so I will have to turn down some quality work. To give you a closer idea of the aesthetic I am seeking for this project, here are some additional notes to absorb.

Special interests:

--poetry by women, sinister cream puffs, alien witches, and stylish misfits

-poetry that is well-crafted and sophisticated in its own peculiar way

-poetry that in some way expresses a monstrous feminine, tainted confectionery, and/or consumption-oriented thematic

-poetry that flirts with the horrific and/or the erotic without being genre-esque

-poetry that is darkly and/or lushly imagistic or atmospheric (textural, tonal, musical, sensual, trance-inducing, maybe even nausea-inducing)

-poetry that is experimental without being nonsensical; poetry that abides by its own logic

-poetry that is fiendishly playful without being just plain silly; I prefer fancy over plain, ornate over plainspoken, figurative over literal, juicy over dry, emotional over intellectual, pomo or post-pomo over mainstream accessible; but mostly, I prefer provocative and scarily edible

-hybrids, collaborations, delectable exceptions, and volatile surprises

I eagerly await your doomishly delicious offerings.

(Please do feel free to repost this and/or link to it on your blog or pass it along to your poet friends. Please also feel free to email me any pertinent questions/comments. Thank you.)

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