Call for Submissions, March/April/May 2018: springtime, fertility, fools, odes, Beats, suburban rain
Things have changed a bit here at the Bone & Ink Press blog-o-zine. I am now accepting open-ended blog submissions along with submissions for the monthly themes. What do I mean by open-ended blog submissions? I mean: submissions that still follow the general guidelines, ethos, and aesthetics of Bone & Ink Press, but that don't fit any of the monthly themes. I am also accepting submissions of essays about the art, literature, and film that inspires you. Read on for more info.
This month's themes:
Fertility (not necessarily literal makin' babies-type fertility)
Fool (Think: April Fool's, think The Fool tarot card, think fools rush in, think Are you on a fool's errand? Does the name Don Quixote mean anything to you?)
Ode (Send me an ode! No specific form requirements, heck, you can even send me an ode in prose! Bonus points if it's an ode to something which doesn't normally get odes written to/about it.)
The Beat Generation (Poems and prose pieces about Beat Generation figures, poems and prose pieces written in the style of a Beat Generation writer, etc.)
suburban rain (Yeah, I stole it from The Modern Lovers: we'll share a modern love under suburban rain. Your piece doesn't have to have anything to do with that, though.)
As always, feel free to mix and match, and to get as weird with the theme(s) as you want. I will be accepting submissions for these themes until May 15, 2018. There is no deadline for non-themed submissions.
Monthly theme/non-themed guidelines: Submit 1-3 relevant poems or shorter prose pieces or one longer piece (approx. 3000 words max, but I'm pretty loose on that rule so don't worry too much), to email@example.com. Subject: Bone & Ink Blog Submission_[Your Name]_[Theme]_[Specify Poetry/Prose/Art/Photography]. (If it's a non-themed submission, just leave that part out of the subject). You can attach the work as a .doc, .docx, or .pages file, or include it in the body of the email. If the formatting doesn’t copy+paste well, please attach the work as .jpeg files. If you’re a visual artist or photographer, please send 1-3 art pieces or photographs (attached as .jpeg files). I will not accept previously published pieces for the blog, with the exception of pieces posted on personal websites or blogs; same goes for art and photography. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but let me know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. In the body of the email, include a third-person bio, and links to your website/blog/social media page/etc., if applicable. You can expect to hear from me within 2-3 weeks. If a month has passed and you have not received a response, feel free to query.
As for the essays: I want essays about your favorite literature, art, and film. They should be approximately 1000-3000 words, and should be a blend of the personal and the critical. They should tell me as much about you as they do about their main subject, and vice versa.
I will accept any submissions that fit the above criteria, but for Vol. 3-March/April 2018, I am especially interested in essays having to do with the Beat Generation. I want essays about your favorite Beat Generation writer(s) (or writers who were Beat-adjacent/somehow related to the Beats). I'll consider pieces by anyone, about any of the Beats, but I will give higher priority to: essays about women of the Beat Generation (Diane di Prima, Lenore Kandel, Elise Cowen, Joyce Johnson, etc.), essays about Black beats (like Amiri Baraka fka LeRoi Jones), and essays by non-male or non-white writers grappling with their problematic faves - as in: “Those white Beat boys could be super misogynistic and racist at times, but their writing still speaks to me because...”
Previously published essays are fine, as long as you have permission to reprint. Simultaneous submissions are also fine, just let me know ASAP if your essay is accepted elsewhere. Send your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Bone & Ink Blog Submission_Essay_[Subject of Essay]. Please attach the work as a .doc., .docx, or .pages file. In the body of the email, include a third-person bio, and links to your website/blog/social media page/etc., if applicable. You can expect to hear from me within 2-3 weeks. If a month has passed and you have not received a response, feel free to query.
Another thing I am always accepting is nominations for featured artists and writers: send an email to email@example.com. Subject: Featured [Specify Writer/Artist] Nomination. In the email, include a note about why you think you/they should be featured, and links to places where I can find out more about them and see or read their work. You can expect to hear from me within 1-2 months.
Write (and art) on,
Jessie Lynn McMains // Bone & Ink Press
Fool image by leiris202, found on Flickr.