We are currently CLOSED FOR UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS.
Submissions from all over the planet are encouraged! We are looking for more visual art, audio, and multimedia, more socially conscious work of any discipline. Tell us a story we've never heard. Introduce us to new characters, experiences, ideas, hidden cultures and histories. Rattle the chains of patriarchy, bigotry, corporatocracy, classism, and other social disease.
We pair poets with musicians and other sound artists for sonic interpretations of all published poetry. Poets, we want pieces meant to be read aloud, and no more than three pieces per cycle. Musicians, step outside of your normal modes and collaborate with new folks!
We love work that blends and reimagines genres. We're not into gratuitous rape or violence. We appreciate the grotesque, but only if it transcends shock value and enhances the work. Shock as a device and shock as a catalyst for social change are very different, and we are not interested in the former.
We encourage simultaneous submissions. Submit far and wide! We only ask that you please notify us in the event that the submitted work is accepted elsewhere.
Once your piece is submitted, do not send revisions unless they are requested by the editors. If your work is not polished, revise until it is, then submit! Pulling your piece, editing it, and resubmitting will not bypass this guideline.
Artists always maintain all rights on any and all work submitted to and published by Bedlam Publishing, though we do ask for first digital publishing rights (no prior/current publication, in print or online—blogs included). However, we love to feature first English translations! After publication, all rights are exclusively maintained by the artist.
Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors yet. Stick with us and get published. We'll do everything we can to promote and support you, and hopefully provide paid work in the future!
We are interested in all mediums. We accept all file types as long as written works resemble standard manuscript format. Send visual art at highest possible resolution. Direct all submissions to:
submissions AT bedlampublishing DOT com
You will receive confirmation of receipt as soon as your submission is delivered. If you do not, please contact us, as your message may be lodged in the spam folder. We read every submission carefully and repeatedly. We send personal responses containing notes and thoughts on your work. This tends to delay response time, but if you do not receive an acceptance or a rejection within 3 months, feel free to ask us why we're taking so long.
If you have general questions or concerns about the submission process, our editor Josh wrote a handy guide for The LetterWorks, which you can read here!
Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you!
-Your pals at Bedlam Publishing