Before submitting your poetry innards, please read the details below to garner an idea of our desires.
Blood Pudding Press is an itty bitty indie press handled by one woman (poet/publisher/artist Juliet Cook) and does not particularly care whether or not other poets are academic, non-academic, outsider writers, indie writers or part of any specific writing scene, as long as they are active in their own way – and passionately entwined in artistic creation, writing, and reading (more than just their own poetry).
Blood Pudding Press cares about poetic individuals (and collaborators) with their own unique writing stylistics and experimentation. The press is open to oodles of different styles, but some of its primary interests (content-wise) involve mind and body, overly personal, oddly emotional, dark/light hybrids, abstract art, quirky humor, contemporary horror alterations, kinky amalgamations, grotesque treats, flirty, volatile, and possibly contradictory.
Blood Pudding Press likes the number 3 (and 13) so…
Blood Pudding Press will consider poetry collections of 13-23 poems (less than 30 pages please). Some of the poems may be previously published, but the collection as a whole should not have been published elsewhere before. We will delightfully consider individual chapbooks and collaborative chapbooks by 2 or 3 different writers.
If that piques your interest, here are the details of entering the Blood Pudding Press contest:
-Submissions will be accepted from November 13, 2013 through December 13, 2013.
-Three semi-finalists and two winners will be chosen. Each of the two winners will have their chapbooks published and will receive thirteen free copies of their chapbook.
-There is a $5.00 entry fee per manuscript for entering this contest; this entry fee money will be used to purchase supplies for publishing and designing the winning chapbooks. The fee is payable to the editor’s Paypal account at Julietcoo@gmail.com (although Paypal is the preferred form of payment, if you do not have a Paypal account and would rather pay by check, you may contact the editor via that email address).
-After paying your entry fee, please email your collection of poems to Julietcoo@gmail.com. Please write BPP Chapbook Contest – (your name) in the subject line. Include your manuscript title, your name, your contact data, and a brief bio in the body of your email. Attach the manuscript itself as a Microsoft Word Doc or Docx.
-The winners will be announced near the beginning of the New Year (early January 2014). The first winning chapbook will most likely be published in late January or early February. The second winning chapbook will most likely be published in late March or early April.
For more information about Blood Pudding Press’s sensibilities and design style, you can peruse the Blood Pudding Press online shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BloodPuddingPress .
The two winning chapbooks created in 2013, as a result of last year’s contest were “RENEGADE//HEART” by Lisa M. Cole and “Poking through the Fabric of the Light that Formed Us: Songs and Stories to Read in the Mirror” by Lora Bloom. (The three runner ups were Paula Cary, Allie Marini Batts, and Paul David Adkins – and the first runner ups chapbook was published by Blood Pudding Press too, “Sister, Blood and Bone” by Paula Cary). All three of those 2013 chapbooks can be further perused and/or purchased at the Blood Pudding Press shop, here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/BloodPuddingPress.
The two winning chapbooks created as a result of the first Blood Pudding Press contest were “At night, the dead” by Lisa Ciccarello and “The Spare Room” by Dana Guthrie Martin. (The three runner ups were Nicole Steinberg, Donald Dunbar, and John Rocco).
Other poets published by Blood Pudding Press have included Gina Abelkop, Margaret Bashaar, Kristy Bowen, Kelly Boyker, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Suzanne Grazyna, Christine Hamm, Sean Kilpatrick, Misti Rainwater-Lites, Rebecca Loudon, T.A. Noonan, Daniela Olszewska, J.R. Pearson, Kenneth Pobo, Jayne Pupek, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Melissa Severin, Daniel M. Shapiro, Susan Slaviero, Matina Stamatakis and many more.
Thirteen Myna Birds is the online oddly haunted little sister of Blood Pudding Press and has published numerous different writers here - http://13myna.blogspot.com/ .