bird, buried press is currently accepting submissions from Ontario writers and artists.
Please read this page in its entirety before submitting. Failure to adhere to the guidelines will result in your submission being discarded without being read. We know this seems ruthless, but due to the sheer volume of submissions we’re getting, we do not have time to entertain people who do not take this process seriously.
Poetry: Please send a suite of 3-5 poems, of any length and style (although, fair warning, we’re not interested in rhyme or anything that might be considered overly formal). Send ALL poems in ONE attached document (pdf, docx, doc, rtf).
Prose: Please send your best fiction, non-fiction, flash-fiction, scripts, strange hybrid texts, or invented genres. bird, buried press likes it weird, mundane, funny, dark ….
The only thing bird, buried press does NOT like is exposition. Seriously, don’t send work that explains itself. Send all texts as ONE attachment (pdf, docx, doc, rtf).
Art: Please send a portfolio (website link or attached pdf). bird, buried press is interested in collections and individual pieces to be paired with texts. Get a sense of Elisha’s aesthetic on tumblr.
All submissions MUST include page numbers, as well as the artist’s name as a header on every page.
Use a reasonable 12 point font. (Pro-tip: Justin will automatically like you better if poetry is set in Garamond.)
In the email subject line, please specify the type of submission (poetry, short story, essay, art, etc.). If you are submitting two different types of submissions, please send them separately.
Submissions will be reviewed, given diligent consideration, and then sent back to you with criticism and comments within one month (we’re trying to do things better than all those publications that make you wait six months just to find out you weren’t the right fit). UPDATE: We’re running about two weeks to a month behind due to an inundation of submissions. We appreciate your patience.
If we like what we see, we’ll get in touch with you to figure out what the next step should be.
Before submitting, please keep in mind that we are interested in working very closely with our contributors, so we expect a reciprocal relationship. Be ready to wrestle with your work, to get constructive criticism, and to be open to such criticism.
Don’t read our current publications for an idea as to what kind of work we’re looking for. Just send us your strongest work. We don’t want to miss out on something ground-breaking simply because it might not fit with our current model. Our goal is to publish the best work possible, regardless of form or bent.
Sounds like a very open call for submissions, yes? Because it is.
Our reading period is forever, so send us your work when it suits you. If you have submitted your work according to these guidelines, you will receive feedback, regardless of acceptance or rejection. Please take your work as seriously as we will.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compensation: All writers and artists published by bird, buried press are compensated, monetarily or in copies of the publication, to be determined based on the nature of the project. One of our lofty goals at bird, buried is to change the way that literature and art is valued, so we’re doing our bit to shift that culture. We’re also determined to help emerging writers become eligible for OAC grants, so although we cannot offer much in the way of payments, you will at least receive a paid writing credit.