Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Call for Submissions: Volumne 4, Issue 2


As a reminder: we accept a few kinds of submission formats: portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rft) and .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files.

That said...please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration to http://blastfurnace.submittable.com/Submit

For our fourteenth issue, we are entertaining poems with the theme(s) of origins and beginnings, as well as fine original poetry outside of this/these theme(s). We simply ask that individual submissions do NOT exceed more than three (3) poems per poet, and that each individual poem NOT exceed more than three (3) pages.

Please read our Mission/Values, Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted near the top of our web page, before submitting to review what resonates with us. We love a variety of poetic styles, but we are also picky. 

DEADLINE: June 15, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

First Annual Blast Furnace Poetry Chapbook Competition!


It’s National Poetry Month, and Blast Furnace is bursting at the seams with news that its first annual poetry chapbook competition will officially kick off April 4, 2014!

After a couple of years debating the best time to introduce the contest and ruminating about guidelines, we have arrived at the following details:

  • Submission deadline: June 2, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST
  • We will entertain manuscripts from any poet who has not previously been published in his/her own chapbook-length collection of poetry.
  • Submitter restrictions: No manuscripts by current Chatham University staff, alum, or students are permitted. No manuscripts by Blast Furnace guest reviewers are permitted. United States residents only—unfortunately, we are unable to accept manuscripts from international authors at this time.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted.
  • Each poet may submit only one (1) manuscript.
  • Manuscript Format: Manuscripts must be typed in 12 pt font and submitted in one of the following electronic file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf. Document length must be no less than 19 and no more than 27 pages of poetry. Poet’s first and last name, U.S. mailing address, active email address and telephone number must be included on the first page of the manuscript document, along with the manuscript title. The second page of the manuscript must be the manuscript TITLE ONLY. Any identifying information about the poet must not appear on any other pages of the document. Table of contents must be included with the manuscript. If applicable, include acknowledgements of previously published poems included in the manuscript. For the “Title” field in the Submittable form, type the manuscript TITLE ONLY of the manuscript, followed by “chapbook” ([TITLE – chapbook]).
  • All manuscripts will be printed out and the title page with the poet’s identifying information page removed prior to the review process.
  • Reading fee: $14

  • One (1) winner only will be selected.
  • Prize: Winner receives $200 and ten (10) complimentary copies of the winning chapbook. Depending on the success of this first competition, prize amount may increase in subsequent years.
  • Winner announced within two (2) months following the submission deadline.
We look forward to reviewing your work!

Magical Mystery: Volume 4, Issue 1

Greetings, dear readers, loyal followers and supporters of Blast Furnace!

We’re kicking off National Poetry Month with delectable morsels of lyrical genius on the theme of the mysterious and the magical (along with gems of verse outside of the theme).

For Volume 4, Issue 1, our guest reviewer was Michigan-poet-displaced-to-Pittsburgh, Stefanie Wielkopolan, whose first book of poetry, Border Theory, was published in 2011 by Black Coffee Press. Many thanks to Stefanie for her time, efforts, and literary sensitivities in helping to select this fine collection of works to end a challenging and seemingly endless winter season, and warmly welcome SPRING!

May April and the months to follow bud with creative opportunities for all of you.

- R. Clever, Editor/Publisher