Season's Greetings from Blood Pudding Press

Welcome to a summation of some recent poetry news from Blood Pudding Press editor Juliet Cook and a reiteration of Blood Pudding Press's latest Calls for Submission, all wrapped up neatly in one entry much like a holiday present.


Firstly, please indulge me as I toot my own misshapen horn to make mention of a few other fabulous indie presses, which have recently published a few of my books.

My print chapbook, ‘Gingerbread Girl’ was recently published by Trainwreck Press out of Canada, available for acquisition here:



My e-chapbook, ‘Projectile Vomit’ was recently published by Scantily Clad Press, available for your free reading pleasure or displeasure here:



My very first full-length poetry collection, ‘Horrific Confection’ was recently published as a BlazeVOX ebook (with darkly delectable cover art by Christen Baer), FREE to read and download, here:


A small print run of ‘Horrific Confection’ will soon be creeping onto the scene for those who prefer to physically caress their horrific confections, at which point I will be offering special signed copies of these hideously delicious volumes in the Blood Pudding Press etsy shop.

For now, please feel free to find out more about the book on the ‘Horrific Confection’ tab of my NEW! website— http://www.julietcook.weebly.com/ –where you can peer into some salacious details of what the book is about, partake of a review, and view an obscenely yummy flyer for the book designed by Kristinopolis Mayhem.

The new website is also your new best source for other Juliet Cook poetry news AND Blood Pudding Press news.


Blood Pudding Press is currently enjoying the privilege of being a part of the dusie kollektiv 3.

The dusie kollektiv is a wonderful annual small press poetry chapbook swap. In this its third incarnation, each participant received the opportunity to design and publish a chapbook by another participant AND to have one of her chapbooks designed and published by another participant, in a glorious collaborative mélange.

As part of this project, Blood Pudding Press published ‘Humoresque’ by E. Tracy Grinnell, which has now been distributed to all the kollektiv members. A few extra copies are available for sale in the Blood Pudding Press etsy shop.

Also as part of this project, my chapbook, ‘MONDO CRAMPO’ is coming soon, published by Dana Teen Lomax’s small press, so do keep an eye out or a gaping maw open, if so inclined.

‘Humoresque’, ‘MONDO CRAMPO’, and lots of other past and future yummy small press publications are available for perusal and acquisition in the Blood Pudding Press etsy shop at http://www.bloodpuddingpress.etsy.com/. They make lovely little holiday gifts for the poet or literary lover in your life and exceptional special treats for you. Amongst these luscious hand-designed, ribbon-bound offerings are [GROWLING SOFTLY] and ECTOPLASMIC NECROPOLIS, the two multi-writer projects that some of you helped make happen with your oozilcious contributions.


Speaking of your contributions, Blood Pudding Press is NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS and would be highly delighted to consider your best and most provocative poetic material.

I am now reading submissions for the next multi-writer project, to be published in March 2009.

I am also hostessing Blood Pudding Press’s first-ever poetry chapbook contest, seeking to publish one winning chapbook in Spring 2009 and another winning chapbook in Summer 2009.

Please review the guidelines and if they are up your alley, please feel free to send your wares for one or both projects. I will post both sets of guidelines at the end of this message for easy reference.


Here’s hoping your holiday season is off to a scrumptious start and your beverage of choice is spiked.

Cheers, Juliet Cook, editor, Blood Pudding Press


Guidelines for multi-writer project:

Blood Pudding Press is accepting submissions for its next multi-writer project, in the vein of [GROWLING SOFTLY] and ECTOPLASMIC NECROPOLIS.

This new project will differ in that instead of accepting 1-2 poems by approximately 30 different writers, I hope to accept 2-3 poems by approximately 15 different writers, so selection will be a bit pickier and some high quality work will have to be rejected. To increase your likelihood of acceptance, please carefully read and follow these guidelines. If you fail to meet these guidelines, I may delete your submission.

-Submit between November 25 and January 25, 2008

-Send me 5-7 pieces either copied in the body of an email or as one Word Attachment. Also send a brief bio and your contact data. A cover letter is not necessary, but a small hello of sorts would be appreciated, perhaps including a little note about why you would like to be published by Blood Pudding Press. Email your submission to JulietX@Bust.com with the word ‘submission’ and your name in the subject line.

-Simultaneous submissions are fine & dandy, but please plan on informing me promptly if any of the pieces under my consideration are accepted for publication by another source. I do not want pieces that have been previously published by other print or online literary magazines, but pieces that have been posted on personal blogs are okay.

-Ideally, contributors will have read one or more of Blood Pudding Press’s offerings (available via http://www.bloodpuddingpress.etsy.com/) to get a feel for the aesthetic we favor. We like things that ooze like the creamy innards of questionable dessert products. We like pulsating leeches. We like facial piercings. We like visible nipples. We like discolored flesh. We like sharp things, shiny things, furry things, fun things, dangerous things, and unapologetic things. We even like unapologetic shame, fear, pain. We like it tough, but we also like it vulnerable. We like railroad track debris and purring pussies. We like it messy, but that doesn’t mean uncooked. It should be well-baked, smart, maybe even strangely oblique. We like it sexy and we like it queasy and maybe even both at once. We like it girlie and we like it womanly and we also like it queer. If this description doesn’t make a lick of sense to you, then maybe Blood Pudding Press would not be the best fit for your material. We like icing bags, scars, sea creatures, love, lust, longing, burlesque, grotesque, and flirty. We might change this description later. We’re fickle that way.

-By pieces we mean poems, dreams, diary entries, short reviews from the small press literary scene, flash fiction (no long fiction, please), hybrids, collaborations, or sordid surprises.

The title of the new multi-writer project will be announced soon. Publication is projected for March 2008. Each accepted contributor will receive a complimentary copy.

Feel free to shower me with questions, comments, and peculiar propositions, but who knows what I might fling in your direction in return. I’m fickle that way.

Thank you.

Juliet Cook, editor, Blood Pudding Press


Guidelines for chapbook contest:

Blood Pudding Press is now accepting submissions for its first poetry chapbook contest!

Chapbooks manuscript submissions will be accepted from December 8, 2008-February 28 2009.

Two winning chapbooks will be chosen—one to be published in Spring 2009 (April or May) and one to be published in Summer 2009 (June or July). Three semi-finalists and the two winners will be announced in March. Each winner will receive fifteen free copies of their chapbook, which will be a ribbon-bound, delectably designed affair.

See the Blood Pudding Press online shop at http://www.bloodpuddingpress.etsy.com/ and/or the Blood Pudding Press blog at http://www.bloodyooze.blogspot.com/ for a better idea of the press’s sensibilities and design standards.

There is a $5.00 fee per manuscript for entering this contest; these entry fees will be used to purchase supplies for publishing the winning chapbooks. This fee is payable to the editor’s Paypal account at JulietX@Bust.com. (You may either use Paypal’s Send Payment feature to send payment to that email address—or use the Donation button near the bottom right hand side of the page at http://www.bloodyooze.blogspot.com/ –or if you would like to make alternative payment arrangements, you may contact me.)

I would like to consider collections of 10-20 poems. Some of the poems may be previously published, but the collection as a whole should not have been published before. Send your collection of poems to JulietX@Bust.com along with title, acknowledgments, a brief bio, and your contact data. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere, please let me know right away.


Blood Pudding Press is also in the midst of accepting poetry submissions for our next multi-writer project, to be published in March. These submissions will be accepted through January 25th. There is no fee for submitting individual poems; only the chapbook contest has an entry fee.

If you wish to submit to both projects at the same time, please feel free—just follow both sets of guidelines and attach two separate documents with your submission—your chapbook manuscript AND your 5-7 pieces to be considered for the next multi-writer project. Visit http://www.bloodyooze.blogspot.com/ to view the guidelines for the multi-writer project and please feel free to let me know if you have questions about either set of guidelines.

Juliet Cook, editor, Blood Pudding Press

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