Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2nd Annual Blast Furnace Poetry Chapbook Competition!

Blast Furnace enthusiastically announces its second annual poetry chapbook competition, which will officially begin July 16, 2015!
Following are the details:

  • Submission deadline: September 30, 2015 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.
  • Winner announced within two (2) months following the submission deadline.
We look forward to reviewing your work!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Blast Furnace presents: "mixtape," a poetry eChapbook - available for purchase!

Blast Furnace is pleased to present the launch of its first eChapbook, mixtape, featuring original poetry inspired by and about music, and written by Heather McNaugher, Bob Walicki, Carolyne Whelan, and Rebecca Clever.

You can purchase the eChapbook here for $8 (or visit https://blastfurnace.submittable.com/submit/37265). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Braddock Carnegie Library, in Braddock, PA.

Once you purchase the eChapbook via credit card or PayPal, you will receive a confirmation email, and a subsequent email with the eChapbook file attached.

Thank you for your support of the Braddock library and Blast Furnace!

Friday, May 8, 2015

'How to Lose Faith' chapbook NOW AVAILABLE!


"Eric M. R. Webb's How to Lose Faith is unafraid. Unafraid to take on the big questions and wrestle them to the floor. Unafraid to, once in a while, let the big questions overwhelm him. Webb is unafraid to be a man writing about women, about God, about the universe, about other mensoldiers, boys, heroes who become nakedly human. His poems, 'angry stars,' but tender, pop with fondness for his many subjects. These poems are admirable for their energy, honesty and range, but most of all for their trumping irony with faith, which in Webb's hands is not lost after all."
- Heather McNaugher, contest judge and author of Panic & Joy and System of Hideouts

"I'm hungry for poems that move, that move me: body and soul--heart and head. I don't want to mess around when I open a book. After I read a poem, I want to feel smarter, more awake, and ready for life's loveliness and lunacy and all the mad combinations in between. Eric Webb is writing these poems. Here they are."
- Tim Seibles

"Despite its title, do not look for a tract on unbelief, disbelief, or numb indifference in Eric Webb's How to Lose Faith. It is true that the poems in this book bring us the all too familiar bulletins of our late 21st century timeslandscapes abloom with phosphorus flare and fire, explosions, catastrophe, and the physics of bombs. It is also true that "herein the land of the body," as we watch on one hand the ennui of mall-goers and on the other, "boy-Marines swarming through forest scrub" to glimpse "the ghosts they will become, given time.../training for the kinds of wars we don't fight...," we find the increasing sorrow and freight of our difficult cargo. In such a world, doesn't it seem so much easier to reject anything that might resemble conviction or "idealism, love, or noise"? But Webb does the more difficult thing; and when he says "Here we share poems, all of us arrived here lovers," he reminds us again of what it is we all long for in our common humanity; and in so doing restores us to a vision of--dare I say it?faith."
- Luisa A. Igloria, author of Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser

Eric M. R. Webb is the winner of Blast Furnace's First Annual Poetry Chapbook Prize (2014), as selected by contest judge, Heather McNaugher. In 2013, he graduated from Old Dominion University's MFA program with a focus on poetry. His poems have appeared online in numerous venues, and he edits the on-again-off-again No Bullshit Review. He lives with his wife, Alison, in Fairfax, Virginia. This is his first poetry collection.

Eric's chapbook is available NOW for purchase at $11 per chapbook, including shipping costs. Click here or visit https://blastfurnace.submittable.com/submit/42505 to get your copy!