Saturday, March 19, 2016

Submission Period Closed

Please note that the submission period for Volume 5, Issue 4 of Blast Furnace is now closed.

The issue will be posted before April 15, 2016.

Thank you.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

2nd Annual Chapbook Prize: Winner News!

We are extremely pleased to announce Elizabeth Wurz’s Cuttings as the winning manuscript in the 2nd Annual Blast Furnace Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her chapbook was selected for the prize by poet/writer powerhouse L. Lamar Wilson, author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series). The First Runner-Up was Bethany Fitzpatrick for her collection, Then and Now.

Of Cuttings, L. Lamar Wilson says:
Elizabeth Wurz renders nine haunting portraits of survival that will keep you turning the page and returning to these arresting narratives. "Our rituals are not private," the daughter mourning an alcoholic, abusive father divines in the collection's opening poem. "I could not visualize myself / in the roles of the women / I tried internalizing," she declares in its coda as she embraces the advent of motherhood and a life devoid of the shame she has known in surreptitious coupling with women who refuse to be open about their love. Come into Wurz's world of unaffected wit and hard-earned wisdom—particularly in the long masterwork "Where the Road Curves Away From the Pond"and let her break you open. Let her challenge you to stare into her stark mirrors—& feel your own heart's burden ease.

An Associate Professor of English at the College of Coastal Georgia, Elizabeth's poems have appeared in Rattle, The Report (0-dark-thirty), The GLR Worldwide, Crazyhorse, The Southeast Review, and the GSU Review. From Georgia State University, she received her PhD in English (Creative Writing) in 2007. In 1998, she completed her MFA in English (Creative Writing) at New York University.

Elizabeth's manuscript will be published by Blast Furnace and available for purchase in May 2016. Stay tuned over the months leading up to its printing to learn details about price and how to add a copy of her fine chapbook to your poetry collection.

What a privilege to receive have the opportunity to review a quality group of chapbook manuscripts! Many thanks to Lamar, and to all of the talented writers who submitted their work for consideration.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Call for Submissions: Blast Furnace Volume 5, Issue 4!


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

For our twentieth issue, we are entertaining poems with the theme of anniversaries (of marriages, of relationships, of sobriety...please do think outside of the box on this one), 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: March 15, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST