Today (06 July 2016) is the last day to submit your chapbook manuscripts for our Summer 2016 Open Reading Period!!

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Response thus far has been overwhelming.  Many people are donating well more than they needed to, while others have let us know that without the flexibility that the “pay what you want” structure provides, they wouldn’t have been able to submit. 

“And I’d add a thank you to EVERY writer who has submitted their work thus far, whether they paid $0 or $3 or $30.  To be entrusted with their work, and to know that they value Bull City Press, is astonishing and heartening and such a gift.”Ross White, executive director, BCP


images-1Welcome to this week’s BULL PEN where we celebrate some of the latest and greatest doings of our BCP friends & family. –Noah Stetzer 


Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips

“I wish we could say / we are making ourselves eternal by making ourselves / forwardable, an afterlife in the cloud”  –from “On Receipt of a Dick Pic” by Emilia Phillips–author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alikean editors’ selection from the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Competition–published at Muzzle Magazine.

Congratulations to Dave Lucas, contributor to INCH 12, on being elected as the inaugural writer-in-residence at Cuyahoga County Public Library!

Another & Another

Another & Another

“I don’t think that there are any problems impervious to literature.” —Dwayne Betts–contributor to ANOTHER AND ANOTHER: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series–from an interview with Current Affairs editor Nathan J. Robinson.

“I mean, I do value introspection and abstract thought in poetry, but it’s only one element. We also want blood, guts, Cheetos, Chuck Taylors, waiting for the bus, folding your laundry, all of it. A poetry that pretends to be only thoughts in a vacuum is not of much interest to me.” —Elizabeth Scanlon, editor of The American Poetry Review & participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, featured in the Dear Poetry Editor column at Queen Mobs.

“Why do mosquito bites itch so much?/ Pain is caused by chemical / mechanical changes in tissues.” from “International Pain Report” by Jack Martin, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, featured at Diagram.

Dwayne Betts

Dwayne Betts

Congratulations to Dwayne Betts, the 2015 GOLD Winner for Poetry from Foreword Reviews‘ 2015 INDIEFAB Books of the Year!


Check out the latest All Up In Your Ears SPECIAL EPISODE: A Celebration of Queer Voices, featuring guest contributions from Reginald Harris (2:56), Ari Banias (4:10), Jericho Brown (5:38), Fatimah Asghar (7:30), Kazim Ali (9:33), Roberto Montes (10:32), Maureen Seaton (13:41), C. Dale Young (14:54), Ife-Chudeni Oputa (17:54), Danez Smith (18:47), Jayme Ringleb (19:58), Casey Rocheteau (23:11), Michael Klein (27:57), Cam Awkward-Rich (30:41), Natalie Diaz (32:23), Alex Dimitrov (34:33), Hannah Ensor (37:35), Eduardo C. Corral (38:28), Adam Fitzgerald (39:13), Crystal Boson (40:55), Tommye Blount (41:35), Carl Phillips (43:35), Oliver Bendorf (44:41), Gala Mukomolova (46:55), Jameson Fitzpatrick (48:32), Franny Choi (51:15), Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (52:56), Derrick Austin (57:40), Aricka Foreman (59:15), Richie Hofmann (1:01:30), Shira Erlichman (1:02:19), Duriel E. Harris (1:03:56), sam sax (1:07:48), Arisa White (1:09:31), Samiya Bashir (1:10:55). Visit www.AllUpInYourEars.com to find more info on our contributors and a link to donate to the Pulse Victim’s Fund (gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund).