Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The Blotter Magazine exists to nurture underground, outsider literature and art and to provide it to a wide audience. We believe that the economic viability of good art and writing should not interfere with its life, liberty or happiness; and we deliberately seek to avoid the pretension and “overintellectualism” for which the world of literature and art has become known. Our goal is to treat contributors, donors and readers alike with dignity, friendship and respect.
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Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Garrison Somers, Ed.-in-Chief
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art
Ron Cooper, Denver Hill, mckenzee
submissions? open. bring it on. [email protected]
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
3 - 4 weeks
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Average Print Run
$25 / Institution $25
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
12 - 8.5
Average Number Of Pages
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I was recruited by a friend who was starting the magazine.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Myself; our editor Garry Somers; and an assortment of volunteer assistants.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Other than being legible, coherent and not postage-due; no.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
They're read by Garry and any editorial assistants he may have on hand. Then, if he can, he sends them a note saying either "We'd like to publish this" or "This didn't quite work: here are the good parts, and here are the parts that could improve."
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
To quote from our website: "Our editorial direction draws equally from classic and mundane, sublime beauty and a good Saturday-morning sugar buzz. What would be fun for our readers? What would yank their chains? What would make them laugh, or cry?"
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
If you e-mail your submission and it bounces back, try again in a few days. Our mailbox often fills up.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Again from the website: Our readers are an eclectic bunch: precocious high-school kids, collegiate philosophers, working-class dogs surreptitiously typing during lunch, professional writers and artists, slackers, bartenders, doctors, et. al.