Full Bleed

Due Date: 03-15-2024

Full Bleed, an annual print journal devoted to the intersection of the visual and literary arts, seeks submissions on the theme of home.

We publish portfolios of visual art, belle lettres, art criticism, fiction, poetry, and graphic essays. We are always happy to feature innovative projects combining word, image, and design; collaborations between writers and artists; ekphrastic creations; and groundbreaking critical essays.

We are excited to announce that for issue seven, Full Bleed will partner with Pen Parentis, a literary nonprofit dedicated to supporting writers who are also parents. With the support of a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pen Parentis will sponsor the publication of the issue and compensate all writers and artists whose work is included in its pages (100 USD for prose and art portfolios; 50 USD per poem). According to the terms of the grant, contributors must identify as parents or grandparents, and one third of the publication is to address rural, nonurban themes or subject matter.

Please note that, though this call is open exclusively to parents, submissions need not address parenting or related topics. Also, we will accept and consider submissions from non-US citizens.

For issue seven, we are especially, though not exclusively, interested in work that explores the meaning of home (or habitat), for human and nonhuman life, at a time of rapid ecological change, and in an era of acute, ongoing refugee and humanitarian crises. We’d also welcome work that considers the aesthetics of home, the discovery or creation of new homes, homesickness, working from home, chosen families, home-in-exile, housing insecurity, and any other angles on the theme that attract your curiosity.

All submissions should be sent through Submittable. The deadline is 10 January. Final selections will be made by 15 March by the journal’s editor and board members in close consultation with participants in Publishing Culture, an upper-level, spring-semester course at the Maryland Institute College of Art, which publishes Full Bleed. Each contributor will receive an honorarium and a complimentary copy of the issue.

Before submitting, please review past issues of our journal and the full guidelines found on the journal’s website.