CURRENT CALL

After a long hiatus, Blotterature is accepting submissions again! This time for a themed issue.

PROP!

“For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” -Audre Lorde

Art is under attack! From legislation, elitism, capitalism, you name it. We’re gonna fight back—let’s take the master’s tools and begin to build new tools from them.

Send us poems, CNF, fiction, and art that are inspired by or incorporate PROPAGANDA. We want to see found poems. We want to see social commentary. We want to see your rage. Your loud-mouthed, down and out, up and down resistance. Why we matter. Your resilience. Your hope.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm, October, 5, 2017


WHAT WE LIKE

We gravitate to pieces that are void of fluff and pretension. Realism and something that really grabs our attention is what we look for. Something that makes us say “Wow! I wish I wrote that.” We love a storyline that we have never encountered, well-crafted characters, and great dialogue with proper use of regional dialects can really interest us. We also love a spoken word or slam poem, and use all the “I’s” you want, because ‘confessional’ is not, and has never been, a dirty word here.

Blotterature believes editors are judges of what they like and what they think is important—not of what is and isn’t good literature. We hope you like what we like, but we wish you good luck in finding something else to read and still think you’re cool if you don’t!

Blotterature also believes that the acts of creating and publishing art are inherently political, and all literary publications make a political stance whether they intend to or not. We prefer to be up front, no bull, about ours. We prescribe to the tenets of intersectional feminism, as in, we do not publish submissions that contain or promote racist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, ableist or ageist ideas. We echo the sentiment that the traditional idea of ‘literary merit’ is antiquated, patriarchal and white supremacist by definition. It bears repeating: Blotterature believes you matter, you are necessary, you are not a disruption, you are not a distraction, and your perspective is vital.

PROCESS

  • We review submissions blindly—so do not include any identifying information on your submission or in the file titles. Files that include the name of the author will not be considered for publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are necessary! Just notify us as soon as possible if work you’ve sent us has been accepted somewhere else.
  • We cannot consider previously published material. We define ‘previously published’ as appearing anywhere public. If we can find it on the web (without being friends with you on Facebook, having a membership on your preferred poetry sharing website, etc.), it’s published.
  • Use a readable 12-point font (Ex. TNR, Calibri, Arial). Double-space all prose. Make all submissions through Submittable.
  • On Submittable you will be given the option to submit for free or throw two dollars our way in the form of a “Tip” submission. The purpose of the Tip Submission is donation—it is NOT a reading fee, and no one is required to pay it. 

RIGHTS

Blotterature claims First North American Rights. All rights revert to the writer after publication, but we then ask that you acknowledge Blotterature upon future publication of the same piece/s.

 

 

Ends on October 5, 2017$2.00
$2.00
  • Art we like includes drawings, photography, comics, collage, sculpture, and mural (take a photo of the last two)
  • 3 - 5 pieces per submission
  • PNG or JPEG at 300ppi
  • Must be in separate files, no web links

  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere or withdraw it from consideration here
  • No previously published work (see our definition of ‘previously published work on our website)
  • No identifying information on your submission. We review blindly.
  • You can submit for free, or submit through one of our ‘Tip’ categories to include a 2 dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on October 5, 2017$2.00
$2.00
  • Nonfiction we like includes CNF, memoir, personal essay
  • Send one nonfiction piece per reading period 
  • Nonfiction must be less than 3,000 words
  • Absolutely NO Op-Ed style essays

  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere or withdraw it from consideration here
  • No previously published work (see our definition of ‘previously published work on our website)
  • No identifying information on your submission. We review blindly.
  • You can submit for free, or submit through one of our ‘Tip’ categories to include a 2 dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on October 5, 2017$2.00
$2.00
  • Short stories can be no more than 3,000 words
  • Submit only one short story per reading period
  • Flash Fiction can be no more than 500 words.
  • Submit 1 -3 Flash pieces, in separate files
  • Use a readable font like TNR, Calibir, Arial, etc.

  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere or withdraw it from consideration here
  • No previously published work (see our definition of ‘previously published work on our website)
  • No identifying information on your submission. We review blindly.
  • You can submit for free, or submit through one of our ‘Tip’ categories to include a 2 dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on October 5, 2017$2.00
$2.00
  • Submit up to 4 poems, all in separate files
  • Poems may be no longer than 5 pages (we got you, slam poets, but no epics)
  • Use a readable font like TNR, Calibri, Arial, etc.

  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere or withdraw it from consideration here
  • No previously published work (see our definition of ‘previously published work on our website)
  • No identifying information on your submission. We review blindly.
  • You can submit for free, or submit through one of our ‘Tip’ categories to include a 2 dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on October 5, 2017
  • Art we like includes photographs, comics, drawings, collage, sculpture and mural (send us photos of the last two)
  • 3 - 5 pieces, in separate files
  • Submit in JPEG, or PNG, 300 ppi

  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere of withdraw it from consideration here
  • No previously published work (see our definition of ‘previously published work on our website)
  • No identifying information on your submission. We review blindly.
  • You can submit for free, or submit through one of our ‘Tip’ categories to include a 2 dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on October 5, 2017
  • Nonfiction we like includes CNF, memoir, personal essay
  • Nonfiction pieces must be less than 3,000 words
  • You may submit one nonfiction piece per reading period
  • Absolutely NO Op-Ed style essays

  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere of withdraw it from consideration here
  • No previously published work (see our definition of ‘previously published work on our website)
  • No identifying information on your submission. We review blindly.
  • You can submit for free, or submit through one of our ‘Tip’ categories to include a 2 dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on October 5, 2017
  • Short stories must be 3,000 words or less
  • You may submit only one short story 
  • Flash Fiction must be 500 words or less
  • You may submit up to 3 Flash pieces, in separate files
  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere of withdraw it from consideration here
  • No previously published work (see our definition of ‘previously published work on our website)
  • No identifying information on your submission. We review blindly.
  • You can submit for free, or submit through one of our ‘Tip’ categories to include a 2 dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on October 5, 2017
  • No more than 4 poems total, in separate files
  • Poems may be no longer than 5 pages (We got you, slam poets)
  • Use a readable font such as TNR, Calibri, Arial etc,.
  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere or pull it from consideration here. 
  • No previously published work (see our definition of 'previously published on our website)
  • No identifying information on your submission. We review blindly. 
  • You can submit for free, or submit through one of our 'Tip' categories to include a 2 dollar donation with your submission.