This was a really difficult decision! I don't know how small press editors that get hundreds of submissions can manage to narrow it down to a few within a month or two, because I sure couldn't. For me, it was tough to narrow down my original submissions of less than 50 to 8 that I wanted to see the entire manuscripts of, and then it was even more challenging to decide between those 8.
I think all 8 of them deserve to be published, and I hope the ones I haven't chosen to publish through my Blood Pudding will find their homes soon.
I had meant to choose 1 or 2 to publish, but instead I chose 3, and those 3 are:
~Thirsty Bones by Sarah Lilius (to be published in late May/early June)
~Fuck Cancer Poems by Michael D. Grover (to be published in late August/early September)
~Paloma by Jennifer E. Hudgens (to be published in late November/early December)
The Finalists (in no particular order) are:
~Paper Doll, Heart of Ashes by Melissa Atkinson Mercer
~Prone As i Am by Bree
~After the Singularity by Devon Balwit
~Uncanny by Judy Hall
~Not Your Father's Nightmares by Scott Anton Morgan
(For those of you haven't checked it out yet and might be interested in partaking and/or purchasing, the first Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of 2017 was Cutting Eyes From Ghosts by Ariana D. Den Bleyker, available here -https://www.etsy.com/listing/494588398/new-cutting-eyes-from-ghosts-by-ariana-d?ref=shop_home_feat_1)
For anyone interested, this month's Thirteen Myna Birds will be going live before the end of this month and will include a bunch of uniquely wonderful "runner-up" poems from some of the other great offerings I received for Blood Pudding Press consideration last month.
Also, some Finalist poems will appear on the Blood Pudding Press blog next month.
Juliet Cook/Blood Pudding Press