Storm of Blue Press
There are presently no open calls for submissions.
we want every unsent text you wish you were brave enough to send. consider this an open phone plan.
below is a snippet from our editor-in-chief; it includes a list of things we're always interested in reading more about, primarily feelings and ideas that excite & break us like waves against the shore.
GIRLS, electric loss, pink + blue + neon colors, unsent text messages + sent ones that blink back as read, vodka, dancing in the street at night, sloppy mouths, the day after, regret, plastic flamingo lights, 4:17 am, ruined cuticles, murmuring both ends of a conversation because I find myself talking to you through every orgasm, bathroom sinks, whole foods green hair, rewriting texts 6 different times bc I can’t bear to mess this up, pink drinks, glow in the dark stars, taking hours to fall asleep because it’s so easy to picture you sprawled out against this warm body, crying over “Someone Great” on Netflix, blaming everything on astrology, or timing, or me over you, sunsets, drinking just for an excuse to spill my guts, when a heart breaks does it echo, Boston accents, smiling into a kiss, New York, the state almost touching it just as much as I’m never touching you, empty spaces that make me choke, bright, half hideous stuffed animals won from claw machines, that moment when someone smiles + they put their hand over the camera lens, wishing I could make out with my phone and somehow transfer it like a Venmo, throwing dumb shit across my room to feel in control, eating Cheetos and nothing else all day, more alcohol, not remembering anything about that dream except knowing you were in it, pining, standing in the pool for hours and not moving, music videos in my head spilling out onto pavement, colored smoke, hazy boundaries, lines that slip like Crayola chalk in the rain, touching myself and wishing it was you instead, screaming sounds instead of words bc what do I even say, begging for a release bc this body can’t hold it all in, every single “I love you” + “I’m sorry” + “do you think we will ever be able to work” + all the in-betweens, a compilation of snapchat messages + insta DMs + texts + Spotify songs played right when you log on just in case you’re still watching me + the day we first met, digitalized 4ever, heartbeats sent through iMessage, voice memos recorded at 3 am & never sent to you but sometimes played back to myself years later to remind these fangs that there was a time I still fucking cared about something [anything], fisticuffs, friends to enemies to lovers to emotional tag as an Olympic sport, concentrated want like orange juice but it hurts more when I swallow, unobtainable vulnerability, balloons after a party when they fall really slowly and it’s like watching you leave all over again but in slow motion [funny bc you’re always running], birthday cake, 6 years of cards, candles which remind me of fire, remind me of your hands, remind me of that Buffy episode where she & Spike fuck & the whole goddamn house falls to the ground, absence, missing flights, missing chances, + missing you
multimedia, nontraditional, and experimental work is encouraged but not required.
storm of blue press is by & for lgbtqia+ people. in your cover letter, please highlight the connection you personally have with being a part of the lgbtqia+ community. if you fail to do so, we reserve te right to reject your submission outright or not respond at all. this includes paid submissions and 24 hour responses. if you fail to include this information, we will not issue a refund, as you failed to review and follow our guidelines.
we discourage third person bios with a string of publications and no personal connection. at blue, it doesn't matter where you've been previously published [although it's really cool to meet those familiar with our friends of course]. bios can instead be built around unique aspects of your presence, and even include non-writing related attributes. who do you fight for? what makes you angry, mad, or passionate? who do you love and why? what's the saddest thing that's ever happened to you? favorite food, dogs or cats, tiny, microscopic details you don't think anyone cares about... [spoiler alert: we care a lot]. no matter what, please remain original, authentic, and unapologetically yourself.
we accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work finds home elsewhere.
blue literary magazine requires a reading fee [via our 24 hour poetry responses or other forms] and pays $10 per accepted piece, with no limit to pieces accepted by a singular creator.
storm of blue press is currently closed for manuscript submissions. check back soon!
blue literary magazine and storm of blue press are by & for lgbtqia+ people. all submissions falling outside of these groups will be automatically declined.
homophobia, racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, slut shaming, fat shaming, romanticism of mental illness, etc. is NEVER tolerated and will automatically earn you an indefinite block via blue. this includes anything posted on your social media accounts or shown in other aspects of your life, because blue does not believe in the separation of art and its creators.