Burning House Press are excited to welcome Johannes Göransson as our OCTOBER 2019 guest editor! As of today JOHANNES will take over editorship of Burning House Press online for the full month of OCTOBER.

Submissions are open from today – 1st OCTOBER and will remain open until 24TH OCTOBER.

JOHANNES‘ theme/s for the month are as follows


In “Theater and its Double,” Artaud envisions artists “being like victims burnt at the stake, signalling through the flames” (trans. Mary Caroline Richards).

In “The Road to Kimpo Landfill,” Kim Hyesoon (trans. Don Mee Choi) writes “I kissed where I vomited all night long.”

Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine (trans. Jake Syersak) writes: “& now / death / you yourself like a reed whose scarab speaks its strength / through song.”

Helene Cixous wrote (trans. Keith and Paula Cohen): “let nothing stop you.”

In a dream, my daughter Arachne asks “Are you my dad? Are you my mom?”

In a dream, I burn out. In a dream, the ground was burnt. In a poem, my daughters cut their hair. In a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, it says “man dies” and “bark – human skin.” The canvas is smeared.

In a famous Nature poem, Ann Jäderlund writes: “There walks the large dead swan in her dead shroud.” (trans. me).

In The Annunciation, Maria Negroni writes (trans. Michelle Gil-Montero): “I don’t know how to tell the story of a death, Humboldt. Least of all a death like mine, which in the end was life.”

Johannes Göransson is the author of six books of poetry (incl The Sugar Book) and two works of prose, Transgressive Circulation: Essays on Translation and the forthcoming POETRY AGAINST ALL. He is the translator of book by poets such as Aase Berg, Ann Jäderlund, Johan Jönson and Kim Yideum. Together with Joyelle McSweeney and Katherine Hedeen, he edits Action Books.

For submissions on the theme of SIGNALLING THROUGH THE FLAMES, JOHANNES is looking for your poetry, short stories, flash fiction, prose poems, art, collage, painting, photography – as well as non-fiction submissions: essays, reviews, commentary, features, interviews – and all hybrids, fragments and cross-forms.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be sent as attachments to guesteditorbhp@gmail.com

Please state the theme and form of your submission in the subject of the email. For example: SIGNALLING THROUGH THE FLAMES/POETRY

Poetry and Fiction

For poetry submissions, submit no more than three of your best poems. Short stories should be limited to 1,500 words or (preferably) less. We encourage flash fiction submissions, no more than three at a time. Send these in as a .doc or .docx file, along with a short third-person bio, and (optional) photograph of yourself.

Submit hi-res images of your works (drawings, paintings, illustrations, collages, photography, etc) with descriptions of the work (Title, Year, Medium, etc) in the body of the email. Files should be in .JPEG unless they are GIFs or videos, and should not exceed 2MB in size for each work. File names should correspond with the work titles. Video submissions can be uploaded onto Youtube or Vimeo for feature on our website. Send these submissions along with a short third-person bio, and (optional) photograph of yourself.

Non-fiction submissions (essays, reviews, commentary, interviews, etc) should be no more than 1, 500 words and sent as a .doc or .docx file along with your third-person bio/and optional photograph.

Submissions are open from 1st till 24TH OCTOBER – and will reopen again on 1st NOVEMBER/for new theme/new editor/s.

BHP online is now in the capable hands of the amazing Johannes Göransson – friends, arsonistas, send our OCTOBER guest editor Johannes your magic!