This was a really difficult decision! I don't know how small press editors that get hundreds of submissions can manage to narrow it down to a few within a month or two, because I sure couldn't. For me, it was tough to narrow down my original submissions of less than 50 to 8 that I wanted to see the entire manuscripts of, and then it was even more challenging to decide between those 8.
I think all 8 of them deserve to be published, and I hope the ones I haven't chosen to publish through my Blood Pudding will find their homes soon.
I had meant to choose 1 or 2 to publish, but instead I chose 3, and those 3 are:
~Thirsty Bones by Sarah Lilius (to be published in late May/early June)
~Fuck Cancer Poems by Michael D. Grover (to be published in late August/early September)
~Paloma by Jennifer E. Hudgens (to be published in late November/early December)
The Finalists (in no particular order) are:
~Paper Doll, Heart of Ashes by Melissa Atkinson Mercer
~Prone As i Am by Bree
~After the Singularity by Devon Balwit
~Uncanny by Judy Hall
~Not Your Father's Nightmares by Scott Anton Morgan
(For those of you haven't checked it out yet and might be interested in partaking and/or purchasing, the first Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of 2017 was Cutting Eyes From Ghosts by Ariana D. Den Bleyker, available here - https://www.etsy.com/listing/494588398/new-cutting-eyes-from-ghosts-by-ariana-d?ref=shop_home_feat_1)
For anyone interested, this month's Thirteen Myna Birds will be going live before the end of this month and will include a bunch of uniquely wonderful "runner-up" poems from some of the other great offerings I received for Blood Pudding Press consideration last month.
Also, some Finalist poems will appear on this Blood Pudding Press blog next month.
Thank you very much for considering Blood Pudding Press.
Juliet Cook/Blood Pudding Press