Submission Policy

Submissions to THE BUG BOOK are now closed. However, we will continue to post a sampling of poems accepted for the anthology as we continue to work our way through the flood of last minute submissions.

Poetry (any form or style) and Micro or Flash Fictions wanted for an anthology on SMOKE. Not just the black clouds rising from the five-alarm fire next door, or the billowing plumes of smoke warning us of a forest fire, or the emissions from factory smoke stacks, apartment house incinerators, and crematoriums, smoke rings rise from cigarettes, smoke pours out of headshops, pipe shops & cigar stores--see that purple haze rising over the fields of poppies and marijuana we just planted--we've used it to communicate via smoke signals and skywriting, to cover our tracks and disappear with and without mirrors, combat the enemy on and off the battlefield, kill bugs, flavor food, cure illness, declare peace treaties, and fragrance our homes. Got the idea? Release it onto the page.

Guidelines: Submit up to three poems/micro fictions or two flash fictions at a time with a fascinating bio of 35 words or less, not just limited to publication credits, copy/pasted in the body of an e-mail (no attachments, please) to roxy533 at yahoo dot com & . We will also entertain up to six one-liners or 2 short stand up routines at time. Previously published work is OK as long as authors have retained the copyright, which will be returned to them after publication. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your work is accepted elsewhere, and you still have obtained rights to republish, just let us know where and we'll be happy to acknowledge the other publication.

If you do not receive a response from us within a month of your submission considered it rejected and feel free to submit again. Due to the volume of submissions we cannot respond to each and every individual submission. Selection for the on-line edition are made on a ongoing basis as we receive your submissions. However, final selections for the print edition will made after the October 31st deadline. (In otherwords not everything that made the cut for the online edition will appear in print.) Please do not query. When in doubt, send the submission to roxy533 at yahoo dot com &

About This Blog

December 26, 2007
Dear Readers;

Here are some of the contributions we've received for our upcoming anthology, THE BUG BOOK, to inspire you to write and send us your own submissions, and to preview what's to come.

To see our other publications please visit our online bookstore at:

Roxanne Hoffman,
Publisher/Editor of Poets Wear Prada


Friday, June 13, 2008

Michael Graves | Like Insects

Like Insects

Two faces,
Trying to merge,

To loosen the mutual grip;

Clear lenses, frightened and wanting,
Two insects, clutching each other…

Disgust and the memory
Of your eyes.

by Michael Graves

Michael Graves

Michael Graves hosts the long running Phoenix Reading Series in NYC. His most recent collection is Illegal Border Crosser, a chapbook from Cervana Berva Press was released earlier this year (2008). His first book-length collection Adam and Cain was published by Black Buzzard in 2006. An earlier chapbook Outside St. Jude's originally released by REM Press in 1990 was re-issued as an e-book by Rattapallax. His poem "Apollo to Daphne" appears in Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classic Myths (Oxford University Press, 2001). Other publication credits include The Classical Outlook, European Judaism, James Joyce Quarterly, The Journal of Irish Literature, Cumberland Poetry Review, nycBigCityLit-New York Edition, Writer's Forum, Rattapallax, The Hurricane Review, The Hollins Critic, Archipelago, and Salonika.
© Copyright Michael Graves 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mary Orovan | Millimeter


Yes, it pierced as an arrow, here,
the pain
in my heart, Cupid

Yes, I glowed—a little pinker,
blood refusing
previous quiescence

Pheromones long on hold
long for release

But on the park bench,
the millimeter between us
hung in air

I saw two butterflies, one a Cabbage,
mon petit chou, the other, Yellow Sulfur,
stuck together for perhaps illegal lingering

Unmatched butterflies
shouldn't play with fire.
Neither should friends

By Mary Orovan

Mary Orovan

Mary Orovan was Features Editor of US Camera Magazine and taught at Polytechnic University. "Millimeter" was previously published in Hidden Oak, Fall/Winter 2007. Her chapbook Feathered Trees is due out later this year (2008) from Poets Wear Prada.

© Copyright Mary Orovan 2007

Sarah Sarai | Two Dreams Hovering Insect Wings Above Me

Two Dreams Hovering Insect Wings Above Me

First I lie across your lap
for everyone to see, for comfort.
Second, we kiss, I pause, you touch my hair
and wave good-bye in one graceful sweep.

I wonder who I am in either dream,
talk myself through the threshold of another day
archived by winged beasts who know memory
as a slow volant flash of something close to pleasure.

by Sarah Sarai

Sarah Sarai

Sarah Sarai writes poems and short stories in New York. Her work has appeared in South Dakota Review, Antigonish Review, Tampa Review, West, Raven Chronicles, Webster Review,, Stet, Zyzzyva, Fine Madness, Frigg Magazine, Stained Sheets, Threepenny Review, Weber Studies, Minnesota Review, Potomac Review, Tipton Poetry Journal.

© Copyright Sarah Sarai 2008