Jelly Bucket 2013
The literary journal of the Bluegrass Writers Studio is available for purchase at select Barnes and Noble, Hastings, and Bookstar locations. Back issues are also available.
Jelly Bucket [jel-ee buhk-it]-noun
1) archaic slang for a lunch pail, formerly used by coal miners and other laborers residing in Appalachia. 2) EKU's annual graduate student–produced literary journal.
Reading period EXPANDED!
Opens January 1 and ends June 1—Jelly Bucket is published annually by the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. Founded in 2009, Jelly Bucket features established and new writers. We accept works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from anywhere in the world. At least one eight-page color insert in each issue is dedicated to visual art that incorporates text and/or features an aspect of the book arts.
Purchase a Copy By Check
To order by mail, please send a check made payable to "MFA in Creative Writing" for $12 to: Jelly Bucket, 467 Case Annex, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475. Please do not send cash.
Submitting Your Work
We now only accept electronic submissions via our submissions portal:
Only one submission per person per reading period. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere. All hard copy submissions will be recycled and will not be returned. No previously published work, please. We define previously published work as a piece published in another journal, either paper or electronic in a book or chapbook—even a self-published one—or one that is currently online in a public blog or within a public forum.
Please send us no more than five poems at a time. One poem per page. Format poems on the page as you would have them printed.
Non-Fiction pieces of up to 7,500 words are welcome. Please double-space all entries and have them formatted with an acceptable manuscript font (e.g. Times New Roman 12pt).
Please limit word count to 7,500. For short fiction (less than 1,000 words), up to 3 pieces may be submitted. Please double-space all entries and have them formatted with an acceptable manuscript font (e.g. Times New Roman 12pt).
Text as Art
Each issue features a text-as-art/book arts project. Project images can involve any media, but must incorporate text or font design, calligraphy, tattoos, book design, crossword puzzles, or other aspects of text as art or the book arts. You may query first, send us a CD, direct us to a web site to review your work, or submit low-res samples of your project through the submissions portal. To inquire by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Withdraw Work
Please withdraw your submissions through Submittable, our submissions manager. If you need to withdraw a portion of a submission please email: email@example.com.