Submission Guidelines

You won't encounter here any florid metaphors for what we're seeking to publish. This would serve only to confuse, not clarify. The sole purpose of this submissions page is for our vision to be understood as fully as possible.

What we want is surreal art. Your most experimental art. We couldn't be more sincere about that: we want your MOST experimental, your ingenious mad ravings that you didn't think "respectable" publications wanted. Here at The Blue Pages we care about dreams. We care about the in-between, we crave innovation and diversity, conceptual as well as non-conceptual work. We want the self-absorbed and the self-loosed. We want the spectrum.

“Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks

Send us your propulsive acts. The stuff that hurt to make and hurts to look back on. Don't send us the conventional or the unimaginative. We want to break ground. We aren't interested in publishing what the majority of literary journals are publishing (not that there isn't fine content to be found there; we simply have the sort of ethos that calls for fringe work, stuff that will not appeal to the common denominator.) We want daring work that will be opposed for the right reasons, that is timeless and never insipid. In other words, don't send us bigotry, we'll sniff it out even if it's heavily concealed and we'll never publish it. We're tolerant people, but intolerant of hate and prejudice. We're of the opinion that bigoted art is merely detestable opinion masquerading as art. We aren't interested in generalizations or non-subtlety. We're exhausted by isms. Not that isms can't make great subjects; they can. But too often are they treated without finesse. We want art that rather than falls, even if unconsciously, for the allure of the status quo, challenges and disperses it into potential new forms of thinking, new manners of dreaming. We want to publish powerful artists who are patient, deeply-conscious people capable of turning their pain into beauty, who are not forgers of meaning but moved by the ineffable journey, less the rite and more the passage. We prefer difficult questions over easy answers.

"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
― Mark Twain

Send us not your guile but your deconstructions; not your provocations but your invocations.


Poetry: Send 2-4 poems in a single doc docx or pdf. We don't care about established form, we'd like to see your own. We want experimental but we also love simplicity and understand that the quietest simplest poem can be deceptive in its implied complexity and substance. We love poetry that is not verbose and yet entrenched in life, devastating, highly absorbing - the kind that feels like magic. No length limits. Of course, the longer the piece the better it needs to be to retain our attention.

Fiction: For now we're only accepting flash fiction of up to 500 words. We're primarily interested in surreal, meditative stories that contain an original idea or two within the narrative.

Non-Fiction: Send us surprising personal essays and biographical weirdness. We want to know what's happening in the little-discussed corners of the world. 700 words or less.

Photography: We want that photo nobody else even considered taking. We want the night sky appearing unrecognizable, the grown-over cemetery. We want the streets. We want eye-catching portraits. Surprise us with 3-6 separate photos or a collection of up to 15 photos. At least 300 DPI resolution please (we may print your work in a future anthology); preferably PNG. We welcome digitally altered photography. Give us a little background info on the work.

Other Visual Art: Paintings - any medium, hand-drawn miscellany, notebook scraps (we love the art of handwriting), graffiti (either on paper/canvas or if you've done a public piece and want it featured online - optionally with a small blurb - send us a high-res image of that), mixed media.

Audio: Seeking the following for our record label/imprint DOGSON...

Poetry readings (go wild).

Music (alternative, cathartic, emotional & lyrically offbeat singles - or EPs - in the following genres (with examples of personal favorite artists for each): punk/rock (Misfits, The Damned, Hüsker Dü, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Patti Smith), folk (Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell), hip hop (OutKast, Kendrick Lamar, Hieroglyphics, Lauryn Hill, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith), & electronic/experimental (Aphex Twin, Autechre, Four Tet, Boards of Canada, Grimes, Crystal Castles, Fever Ray).

Interviews/Podcasts - Must be based around poetry, music, art, culture. One-off episodes or a series (Pitch us! We're listening).

You must own the copyrights to your audio. By submitting to us, you are giving us permission to publish your content on our Soundcloud page as well as in the journal, guaranteeing that no copyrighted material exists in your recording.


Response time varies depending on various factors, but typically we aim to respond to all submissions, regardless of category, within 1-2 months. Wait until after 2 months to query about your submission's status.

By submitting to The Blue Pages Journal of Art / DOGSON Records you are confirming that you are 18 years of age or older.

Only previously unpublished work, please. Simultaneous submissions are of course acceptable. Simultaneous submissions should always be acceptable. Just let us know when a piece you've submitted to us has been accepted elsewhere. It's all cheers in the case of such an event. We're primarily artists ourselves so we can sympathize in regards to rigmaroles.

We acquire First Serial Rights to your work upon acceptance. After publication, all rights revert back to you the author. We only ask that you credit us as having been the initial home for your work. Still, we aren't stuck on receiving credit. We're content with publishing singular art by talented artists.

Send all submissions to bluepagesjournal at gmail dot com. Title your submission like so: [NAME: CATEGORY OF SUBMISSION]. Helps us to keep our inbox neat & organized.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

We'll leave you with the following words for inspiration...

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”
― Bruce Lee

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