Me and my friends have spent countless hours recounting stories around a table on my back 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.
General Web Submissions:
Focused on The Absurdity of Daily Life
we open and close sporadically depending on how fast we fill up for the next month or two. there are no definite windows for submissions.
Guidelines: 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. 1,000 words maximum.
Non-Fiction: This 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. 2,500 words maximum.
Poetry: Please 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. like seriously maybe 50 words. say your name, list a project, maybe a quirky one liner. call it a day.
submit work to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.