Porkbelly Press’ chapbooks are produced in open handsewn editions, sometimes with an initial run of limited edition covers. Our books range in size from micro chapbooks (8-10 pages), chapbooks (12-28 pages), and zines, anthologies & lit mags.
We will occasionally open a call for micro chapbooks or anthologies. Those will be announced on our blog. If you need to contact us, you may do so at porkbelly press (at) g mail (dot) com. (Remove spaces.) Do not submit via email.
- chapbooks : January 1 – 31.
- Love Me, Love My Belly: a body image zine : Feb 10 – April 10 & Sept 10 – Oct 10.
- micro chapbooks : July 1 – August 1.
- anthologies : varies.
- broadsides : varies.
Sometimes we have off-season reading periods open with donation / purchase of a title from our catalog.
We consider chapbooks & micros in the following forms:
– poetry or prose poems
– collections of flash or micro fiction
– creative nonfiction such as lyric essays & flash
– graphic narratives, sequential artwork (in black & white)
– combinations of the above (linked by theme, image, voice, etc.)
Please submit 12 – 28 pages for chapbooks.
Please submit 8 – 10 pages for micro chapbooks.
Submit no more than 1 chapbook in each genre until you receive a reply.
No more than 3 manuscript submissions for a given reading period.
Simultaneous submissions considered.
Preferred typeface is Garamond. Times in a pinch. Never Courier.
Do not withdraw to edit typos or fix mistakes; please request an edit.
Please do not withdraw to edit content. If your chapbook isn’t ready, there’s always next year.
Porkbelly Press reads via Submittable.
We no longer consider manuscripts sent via postal mail.
Poetry & Prose Poems:
Please submit poems all in one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf), one poem per page (use insert > break > page break to be sure each poem has its own page, please). Submissions should include title page, acknowledgments, bio, and dedication (if you have one). No table of contents, please. Be sure to include your contact information in the cover letter section of the submission form.
We’re not crazy about form poems or poems that rhyme. We are crazy about strong image, voice, and startling language. It’s not often that we choose a collection with a raging case of alliteration.
Creative Nonfiction (short, flash, & micro):
Essays! Yes, send these. We particularly enjoy multiple short essays, but will consider a one-essay chap if the essay is just that good. We lean toward braided forms (narratives with 3 or more threads tied together), and also consider things like character sketches, travel narratives, and collections of vignettes.
Fiction (short, flash, & micro):
We gravitate toward micro & flash fictions. If you submit short stories, please be sure that no language is wasted. You must hook us in the first 20 words.
Standard manuscript format is a must. Times New Roman or Garamond 12 point font, please. No courier type. Seriously. It burns.
Hard sells: high school stories, college party stories, war stories, westerns, 1950s salesmen, disgruntled writers, second person narratives, time travel, sports, gratuitous violence, dream narratives, doomed affairs, dead narrators.
We do not accept: erotica, fan fiction, novels, novellas, or slashers.
We do our best to reply to submissions within 6-12 weeks, but the time can be a bit longer with a high submission volume. Please feel free to query at 6 weeks or more.
Payment is offered in the form of 10 handsewn copies and a discount (20-30% depending on production format & costs) on additional author copies. If we do a limited edition or sculptural book cover, we may provide fewer author/poet copies, but you’ll know before we go to print. Unless we specifically discuss a different agreement, your books will be printed in open edition. If we decide to offer digital chapbooks at a later date, we’ll obtain your permission before putting your book online.
Sometimes we respond in a day, and sometimes it takes weeks. We give each submission sufficient** attention before responding. Response (particularly rejection) times have more to do with our reading habits than the quality of your work. We accept only about 2% – 4% of the work sent to us in any given call, and this means we sometimes have to say no to good work that doesn’t fit our aesthetic as tightly as other manuscripts.
Acknowledgements, bio, dedication, and title page do not count against your page limits.
We are open to collaborative work.
We occasionally give personal feedback if a writer or poet does something we don’t see enough of, but can’t quite accept at the time (maybe it’s not ready; maybe it’s just that we don’t have the pages this year; maybe only half of the poems feel tight enough for a micro or chap), or that we find particularly intriguing on a given day. If this sort of things offends you, we’re not the right press for you.
**this means we choose things that grab us and don’t let go, and will not waste your time or our own if we know work doesn’t fit our press. If you send us abusive emails, we reserve the right to put itching powder in your sock drawer.