We are reading general submissions for our 2018 print issue. DEADLINE: MAY 31ST 

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 We prescribe to the tenets of intersectional feminism, as in, we do not publish submissions that contain or promote racist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, ableist or ageist ideas.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 May 31, 2018$3.00
$3.00
  • 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 3-dollar donation with your submission.

 

Ends on May 31, 2018
  • 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 3-dollar donation with your submission.

 

Ends on May 31, 2018$3.00
$3.00
  • 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 3-dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on May 31, 2018
  • 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 3-dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on May 31, 2018$3.00
$3.00
  • 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, 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 3-dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on May 31, 2018
  • 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, 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 3-dollar donation with your submission.
Ends on May 31, 2018$3.00
$3.00
  • 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 3-dollar donation with your submission.

 

Ends on May 31, 2018
  • 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 3-dollar donation with your submission.