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Bizarro Pulp Press: Past; Present; Future (AKA submission info)
2021 sees us continuing our working relationship with Journalstone. Specifically, with regards to their Bizarro/Horror/Experimental fiction and poetry imprint, Bizarro Pulp Press. If you did not know, we acquire titles and run production for this line of books, currently 4 titles per year, for release under Journalstone’s “Bizarro” outfit. And we have said it before but no time like the present for a reminder: we do this because we love the genre and we love the imprint.
Our goal is simple: good books; weird books; good, weird books.
In 2020, we picked up:
Ronald J. Murray’s CRIES TO KILL THE CORPSE FLOWER
Karl Fischer’s LEVELS
Andrew J. Stone’s THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR DANCE-OFF
John Bruni’s TALES OF UNSPEAKABLE TASTE
The response to these four titles was strong enough to warrant a follow-up, so we put out a very short call last year and received loads of great manuscripts. After combing through loglines, we grabbed the pitches that really caught our eye, and four new titles quickly fell in line. These books will be available soon!
2020’s upcoming titles include:
Ronald J. Murray’s LOST LETTERS TO A LOVER’S CARCASS
Luke Kondor’s THE RUN FANTASTIC
Pre-order dates aren’t set in stone, but we expect Murray’s latest to go up later this month, then one title up for pre-order each subsequent month afterwards. Bizarro Pulp Press titles will debut starting in the summer and wrap up by the end of October. We look forward to seeing what readers think of these titles!
And, just FYI, but we are already gearing up and looking forward to 2022. Again, we must look for a very, very select few titles to acquire for next year’s roster. Only 4 titles will be selected. We wish we could do more, but our time is stretched pretty thin as it is.
Now, we did not give much lead time for submissions last year. This year will be quite different. We are going to give writers at least 4 months to prep, but the actual submission window will still be very short. Details aren’t 100% hammered out, yet. We are making sure their isn’t too much overlap with the upcoming CHROMOPHOBIA submissions. A submission window and guidelines will be announced before the end of May.
For the 2022 Bizarro Pulp Press roster, we are looking exclusively for material from BIPOC authors. We want people to go as big and as wild as their heart desires. Big, weird horror. Big, weird Bizarro. Big, weird Science Fiction. Big, weird Romance. You get the idea.
The following is from Nicholas Day, head of acquisitions for Bizarro Pulp Press:
“Your manuscript must be completed in order to submit, as authors will be contacted in very quick turnaround. If you aren’t ready, do not submit. I cannot stress this enough.
Works can be as short as 15K and up to 30K words. These are firm numbers. Do not send anything shorter or longer, it will not be considered. Please, familiarize yourself with Bizarro Pulp Press and cross-genre literature.“
Okie dokie, writers, get those creative juices flowing! Again, we will announce submission window and guidelines in a couple weeks! We look forward to seeing everybody’s BIG WEIRD, whatever the flavor.
Thanks for reading!