Brain Mill Press is a small, innovative publisher actively dedicated to producing a catalog of human experiences of love — all kinds of love — with a story-first approach in multiple genres. We have open submission calls a few times a year, and we host the Driftless Unsolicited novella contest in the late spring. At other times, submission is via invitation only. We are particularly interested in submissions from people of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, and women.

Call for Pitches: Essays for BMP Voices Column "Makers on Making"

Opens: ongoing

Brain Mill Press seeks emotional, radically authentic essays of 750-1,500 words to appear on Voices, our online content platform, in the "Makers on Making" column.

Makers on Making features a different maker each month — printmakers, writers, knitters, crafters, painters, photographers, textile artists, and anyone else involved in art — with essays about their process on a particular project. These pieces delve into the psychology of making, the lessons we learn from success and (often more usefully) failure, and what it is to be a human authentically and emotionally involved as a maker in our world.

Essay pitches will be reviewed for suitability by Brain Mill Press staff. If your pitch is selected, you will be given a mutually-agreed period of time to write your essay. You will receive editorial development and feedback on your submitted piece, a contract granting Brain Mill Press the limited right to reproduce your piece in Voices, and payment at industry-standard rates upon publication. You will retain all other rights to your work.

Your essay and profile will be promoted on our social media outlets. Your essay will contain your headshot and bio, as well as information you may wish to include about recent work and your website and social media links. We will also include your profile on our page of Voices contributors.

Brain Mill Press exclusively invites submissions from people of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ writers.

Other interested writers for Voices, please contact inquiries@brainmillpress.com directly, and we will consider your pitches on a case-by-case basis depending on the response to the original call.

Brain Mill Press publishes “Love Books for Humans” in multiple genres. Find more information at brainmillpress.com.

Contact Brain Mill Press at inquiries@brainmillpress.com with questions.

Ends on December 31, 2017

The 2017 Mineral Point Photography Call

Opens July 10, 2017

Closes December 31, 2017, or at press's discretion.

$125.00 and use of photograph on the covers of a Mineral Point Poetry Collection

The 2016 Mineral Point Photography call seeks original photographs. In this series, one to four poetry chapbooks, selected by poet Kiki Petrosino, will be published in both print and ebook and internationally distributed by Brain Mill Press. Photographs that are selected for this series will appear on the cover of a chapbook, in addition to the cash honorarium. The artist retains all rights to their photograph.

Winning photographs will be incorporated into a professionally designed cover. Photographers will be nationally promoted by Brain Mill Press on the Brain Mill Press website, newsletter, and other Mineral Point poetry Chapbook Series annoucement materials.

Founded by two award-winning authors, Brain Mill Press publishes “Love Books for Humans” in multiple genres. Find more information at brainmillpress.com.

Please submit your high-quality image file (.jpeg, .tif, or .png) to brainmillpress.submittable.com/submit/40702. Photographs may be full-color or black and white, and may be manipulated/edited by the photographer. The photographer must have exclusive rights to the work. International submissions are welcome. Brainmillpress.submittable.com will provide guidelines for successful electronic file submission.

Good luck, and for additional inquiries contact Brain Mill Press at inquiries@brainmillpress.com.

If you have been invited to submit to Brain Mill Press, this is the place!