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

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

upfromsumdirt‘s theme for the month is as follows


“escapism” captures the meaning of something liberating, physically, in spirit, in heavy thought or deep imagination, or in the heart.

a personal desire or something unbeknownst that calls to you. practical or farcical.

a journey, personal or communal, with a definitive destination, real or imagined.

a screenshot of magical realism, Amos Tutuola’s ‘My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’. the protagonist has crawled into a log where a ghost has corked the opening and is carrying the log off to a destination unknown to the protagonist. but the journey is owned as much by the ghost as it is by the main character. how and where they arrive will have different meanings to each, tho they both traveled a singular, shared path.

upfromsumdirt is a poet, visual artist, and graphic designer living in Lexington, Ky. the author of 4 chapbooks, his first full length collection, Deifying A Total Darkness, was released by Harry Tankoos Books in January 2020 and has just entered its second printing. brothadirt is currently editing his next two collections, To Emit Teal (Broadstone Books, fall 2020) and The Second Stop Is Jupiter (Ohio University Press, release date to be determined).

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

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