Hello guts, sluts, gutsluts, slutguts, wraiths, aliens, and whoever else may be here vibing with us! Before we share this info with everyone, there’s something we’d really like to say.
We had a lot of really lovely, brilliant, breathtaking, gutty, slutty submissions. Making the decisions regarding who to reject and who to accept were maybe the most difficult we’ve had to make since starting the press. And truthfully, it was all very close. We were so deeply impressed by the submissions we received that our “shortlist” was essentially just a very long list.
If you were rejected, please don’t take our decision as any testament to the quality or worth of your writing. We probably thought your submission was brilliant. Selecting pieces was always a strange, complicated process even before we started considering manuscripts. Our process is slightly bizarre, but we promise you it’s all very gutslut.
Further, if you submitted a chapbook during the late summer reading period and we didn’t select it for publication at this time, just go ahead and assume we still want to see more work from you in the future. Each time we rejected a piece, one of us said, “I really hope they submit again in the future, though.” The other one generally nodded while Logan licked his cute wittle paws in agreement.
Anyways, we love you tons. The gutslut family is solid — we promise. <3
Untitled Realizations (Tentative Title), by Kelli Green
CLOWN STAR, by Marshall Woodward
Gravity, by Ari Lohr
SIREN’S DESIRE, by Samirah the Sapphic Siren
Vulgarsweet, by Amy Jannotti
Melanin: Black, by Dre Hill
Topology as Monochrome, by Nathan Anderson
Drifting Bottles, by Arden Hunter
Agender Daydreams, by Thokozani Mbwana
NOT A DISORDER, by Nisha Patel
CO/NOTATIONS, by Cavar Sarah
cowabungaly yours at the end of the world, by Ashley Cline
THE OSCAR ROSARY, by Marylyn Tan
SHORTLIST (LONG LIST if we’re being totally honest here because you guts are fucking amazing for real <3)
Hide- and- seek, by Shiksha Dheda
Diary of a Pregnant Boy, by Sage Agee
Bastardize Me, by Matthew Feinstein
stigmata, by Tahlia McKinnon
a mythology of night terrors, by Betsie Flynn
Plasticine Rage, by Dane Lyn
The Insomniac’s Almanac, by JP Seabright
The Liminality of Being a Greedy Slut, by Brooke Kolcow
Or, A Light in a Cave, by D. Pleiades Sharpe
break/up/with/my/self, by Ashley Fox
The Rich and The Poor, by Justin Evans
Blood Tastes Like Peaches, by Rachel Roth
Faded Fur and Stripped Skin, by Melissa Martini
Life From the Perspective of Math, by Halle Preneta
trauma bone, by Jem Zero
Lost For Worlds, by Cody Duncan
BEEKEEPER, by McCaela Prentice
Also, here are a few pictures of Logan Hogan’s cute wittle paws.
Sometimes, we wonder if he ever takes photos of ours…
Probably not, though. Dude is really just all meows, paws, claws, and chaos.
Congratulations, everyone! Updates coming SOON!
*rubs tentacles together*
Now, let’s get this slut show on the road.