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Call for Submissions, May/June/July 2018: pride, midsummer, patriotism, road trips, carnivals and ci



The Bone & Ink press blog is now open for the May/June/July themes, as well as non-themed submissions, and essays about art, literature, and film.

May/June/July themes:

  • pride (As in: June is Pride Month, y’all. Looking for themes of LGBTQ+ness, in all of their glory, horror, beauty, and grime.)

  • midsummer and/or A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • (subverting) patriotism (Do you consider yourself a patriot, but not for the usual reasons/in the usual way? Or are you completely anti-patriotism? Either way, give me something about the ways in which the idea of patriotism can be subverted or altered.)

  • road trips (Summer = road trips, and road trips = so many evocative things. Road weariness, new horizons, cheap motels, gas station coffee, etc., etc. Take me on the road with you via poetry, prose, or visual art.)

  • carnivals, circues, and state or county fairs (Summer also = carnivals, circuses, and county/state fairs! Fried food, screaming children, rickety rides, cotton candy, sideshows, “the seedy underbelly...the part that only the kids know about...” I wanna go!)

  • summer sadness (Summer is supposed to be such a cheery time, but there can be a sadness to it, and it has a particular feeling that is different from sadness in any other season.)

  • winter (I don’t want to be too Northern Hemisphere-centric, and I know as we are heading into summer, y’all in the Southern Hemisphere are heading into winter. Heck, if you feel like writing or making art about winter, I don’t care what hemisphere you live in; send me what you’ve got.)

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 July 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 editor@boneandinkpress.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.

Essay guidelines: 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.

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 editor@boneandinkpress.com. 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 editor@boneandinkpress.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.

-Jessie Lynn McMains // Bone & Ink Press


Road image by Marilyn M, found on Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/aSq4V4

Carnival image by happy steve, found on Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/hbhPN

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