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$5.00 USD, $10.00 USD, $25.00 USD

Tentative deadline: May 31st, with room to adjust

At Blue, we want the electric, the bold, and every single risk taker.
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 Our July issue, "cruel summer" follows the up's & down's of secret relationships, falling for people you shouldn't, will-they-won't-they storylines, friends-to-lovers, moments where you're not sure who's going to blink first or if you're just reading too much into things, "devils roll the dice / angels roll their eyes", & what it feels like to not want to be in love with someone so much (because you're terrified of what it means) that saying I love you would be the worst thing they've ever heard. Or maybe the best.
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 Each of our issues is after a song title or lyric fragment; "cruel summer" is after the song of the same title by Taylor Swift.
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 THIS IS A PAID OPPORTUNITY.
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 We are offering a prize of $100 for the winning cover artist / photographer & $10 for every accepted piece.
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 This issue is open to ALL creative mediums, including poetry, prose, confessions, photos, digital art, unsent letters or texts, etc.
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 All contributors will be required to sign a brief contract which grants Blue exclusive First World English Rights and First World Electronic Rights.
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 All submissions must be previously unpublished; we will consider work that has been on social media IF it has since been deleted or archived.
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 Enclose a brief third person bio, your pronouns, & how you specifically relate to Blue as an lgbtq women or nonbinary individual in your cover letter (we care more about what makes you angry or hopeful or sad than previous publications for said cover letter).
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 Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere.
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 The good: confessional poetry, LGBTQ+ narrative, unflinching emotional honesty, free verse and experimental, open vulnerability, what you would say if there were no consequences.
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 The bad: traditional form, rhyme schemes, cliches, generalities, and playing it safe.
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 The ugly: 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. 

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