Burning House Press are excited to welcome JOAN POPE as our MARCH 2020 guest editor! As of today JOAN will take over editorship of Burning House Press online for the full month of MARCH.

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

Joan‘s theme for the month is as follows


“Solve et coagula”

“Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. From these contraries spring what the religious call Good and Evil. Good is the passive that obeys reason; Evil is the active springing from Energy.
Good is heaven. Evil is hell.”
– William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

“The god of death is the lord of sex at the same time…It’s a marvelous thing. One after another, you can see these gods Ghede, the death god of the Haitian voodoo, is also the sex god. Wotan had one eye covered and the other uncovered, do you see, and at the same time was the lord of life. Osiris, the lord of death and the lord of the generation of life. It’s a basic theme: that which dies is born. You have to have death in order to have life.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

The theme for March concerns the the union of opposites and the cycles of life/nature. Is sexual reproduction the birth of consciousness and the origin of death? How will sex and death manifest in the times ahead?
Explore the ebb and flow between polarities, the powerful relationship between sex and death. Tell me about duality; about the ways we celebrate birth and the ways we honor the dead. Examine the cycles of nature, the waxing and waning of the moon, the passing of the seasons, the movements of the heavenly bodies.

I am looking for submissions that address this theme via poetry, short stories, art, collage, music, spoken word recordings, paintings, drawings, photos, video art,  as well as non-fiction submissions: essays, interviews, reviews. 

Joan Pope is the creator of Sex-Death-Rebirth, a religious art movement for the new world. She is immersed in utter devotion to her ministry, an audio-visual feast of Sex and the Sacred bound inextricably to light, colour and sound. Sex-Death-Rebirth is an emanation of pure desire and her work is always an act of worship; each prayer she sends is a sign and a sigil of humming flesh and communion. This project is a hypnotic barrage of imagery, word, and sound which brings together many ancient ideas through the modern streams of social media and forces you to bear witness. Her work alternatively manifests as Temple ov Saturn. The themes are the same, but the aesthetics are darker.

Joan is an artist, video editor, musician, poet, performer, and holds a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. She loves nature, mythology, and religious art. She feels lost in the modern world and nostalgic for an ancient time well before her own.

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:SEX AND DEATH IN THE AGE OF AQUARIUS/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.

Virtual Reality/ 3D Artworks

For VR Submissions, please submit no more than three (3) individual artworks. For Tilt Brush works, please upload your artwork to Google Poly (https://poly.google.com/), and mark it as ‘public’ (‘remixable’ is at your own preference). A VR/3D artwork can also be submitted as a video export navigating through the artwork. If you prefer this method, please upload your finished video file to YouTube or Vimeo and provide a URL. With either format, please provide a 150 word artist’s statement.

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 MARCH – and will reopen again on 1st APRIL 2020/for new theme/new editor/s.

BHP online is now in the capable hands of the amazing JOAN POPE – friends, arsonistas, send our MARCH 2020 guest editor your magic!