Here is an interview that might clarify what we’re looking for.

Me and my friends have spent countless hours recounting stories around a table on my back patio patio. We also shared pictures, laughs, and drinks. That’s what this space is for. Just some folks sharing things/art in a casual setting. Enjoy the breeze. Tell us a story. Or a poem. Show us some paintings. Or a grocery list. Maybe your last will and testament, a recipe for roasted human earlobes. Whatever you want. Back Patio Press aims to celebrate the gritty, horrid aspects of life as well as the tranquil and serene ones.  

The Zine and Web Publications exist as two different entities with varying guidelines, which are as follows:



Zine Submissions



current theme: That One Time

We are seeking NF exclusively for our debut Zine release. Send us stories about you dosing LSD and stealing a pony from the circus, beating a jack ass in beer pong and then kissing his girlfriend, catching an alligator and unleashing it on the cops, or smoking K2 on accident and ripping off your best-friends face.

We’re looking for your Wild Party stories, so send em in!

Ideal submissions are between 1 and 3 pages. Longer is fine. Shorter is fine. Get crazy with the format if you want, use a pseudonym if you have to. We’re here to have fun and talk about some crazy shit.




General Web Submissions


 I appreciate inventive formats and material that can’t easily be categorized. Any prose, either Non-Fiction or Fiction, exceeding 750 words should be submitted individually. If you are submitting flash under 750 words feel free to  include up to three pieces in your submission. For poetry, you can include up to three pages per submission.

Remember, this is a casual setting so we’re playing by Holiday rules: no politics. We’re here to have fun. There are other spaces for those things. 

Also, no cover letters please. This is a relaxed environment. Keep it casual; “What’s up man, got some shit for you to read.” suffices just fine. 

Art: comics, paintings, collages, sculptures, fuck it. Whatever you make I want to see it. Send it in. I have a special place in my heart for visual art and will personally throw a party in your inbox if you submit some.

Fiction: I greatly enjoy the absurdity of everyday life. Strange cosmic happenings, the weird guy next door, and the monsters that lurk in the gutters. I also like hyper realism and believe in the blurred lines between genre and literary fiction, though I lean more heavily toward literary work. Focus should almost always be on character. 

Non-FictionThis category highlights one of my favorite aspects of indie lit which is getting to know an artist. Maybe it’s the saddest moment of your life. Maybe it’s just a fun story. I want it all; the good, the bad, the ugly. Essays, art analysis, film reviews, and anything else is also entirely welcome. 

PoetryPlease do not submit crazily formatted poetry as I can’t format it properly via wordpress. 

please include a brief author bio written in the third person to accompany your submission and wait at least 1 month before submitting again.

submit work of up to 3,000 words collectively to using the subject line format: “Title of Piece” by Author Name [category]. If you are submitting more than one piece simply include the number of pieces, your name, and the category you are submitting to.