troublemaker firestarter

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Troublemaker Firestarter is a biannual poetry chapbook specializing in LGBT+ and feminist topics. Our goal is to excite poetry lovers. We welcome the uncomfortable and controversial. New, bold, and proud poets should find their home here.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
David Schweizer
fiction, poetry, art
Representative Authors
Amy Scheiner, Christina Bagni, Terra Kestrel
Submissions Policy
Submit up to five pages in one document. Please bold the titles of your poems. For your cover letter, in 3-6 sentences, say who you are and if you've been published and where before or your website if you have one. We do not accept multiple submissions from the same poet. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. If this is the case, please ensure to withdraw your submission from Duosuma. The poems will be published in print. We will submit a select few for the following Pushcart Prize. if you have any questions email us @ [email protected]
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
01 - 03 months
Author Payments
none, copies
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Number Of Books Published Per Year
Titles In Print
troublemakerfirestarter volumes 1 and 2
Average Price Per Book
David Schweizer
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I started Troublemaker Firestarter mostly because I thought I could do it better than what I saw while submitting poetry.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Currently small and relaxed. My readers/assistant editors/friends, Taylor Berardi, Jason Lob, Jean Pabon, Thomas Reis, and James Goymer, are all so helpful and generous with their time.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Be honest, vulnerable, and funny. If you make us smile before the submission, that's great.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
There are multiple rounds of readings and arguments until we vote yes or no.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Something emotional and shocking. The biggest reason for a no is that the poem is boring or does not say anything.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Don't be afraid to submit! The worst thing we can say is no thank you. We are so happy that you would even consider us a place for your poem.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Someone who appreciates poetry and is thoughtful, any reader is ideal.