Poetry Submission Guidelines

Editor’s note: Poetry submissions here at the laboratories are CLOSED. Feel free, however, to consider submitting to the laboratories’ sister-site, Midnight Lane Boutique, by clicking here.

In addition, the Mein Drumpf! issue slated for June or July 2017 will not be happening. While some appropriate work was received, it was not enough to fill an issue. Many poets who submitted to the laboratories were thus offered alternate publication at Midnight Lane Boutique.  With this in mind, alternate plans for Issue #6 are being considered by the editor.

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BAD ACID LABORATORIES, INC. seeks to publish well-crafted poetry that fits the site’s vibe, be it dark, psychedelic, gritty, confessional, esoteric, occult . . . whatever ya’ think. All styles, from free-verse, syllabic, to formal will be considered.

No previously published poems or simultaneous submissions, please. Response time is 6 weeks or less. You are welcome to query after 45 days have passed, should said deadline not be met.

Please submit . . .

  • up to 6 poems
  • of around 32 lines or less per poem
  • in the body of an email (No attachments! Got that?)
  • to midnightlanegallery@gmail.com
  • Please, include a bio of 100 words or less at the bottom of your submission. (Shorter is better . . . jus’ sayin’.)
  • Also, be sure to include “Bad Acid Poetry by (your name)” in the subject line. That way, the editor knows you care.

Speaking of the editor, to whatever degree punctuation is utilized by a poet, the editor reserves the right to edit to the site’s house-style—i.e. Chicago Manual of Style. He also reserves the right to edit bios, most especially those that exceed the word-limit prescribed above. If ya’ want a link or two embedded in your bio . . . well, he’ll oblige.

BAD ACID LABORATORIES, INC. seeks First Serial Rights and Archival Rights. If accepted, your work will be posted in The Main Laboratory (i.e. the Home page), and also archived on site, accessible via the Repository. All other rights return to you, post-publication.

Please—for the love of Satan, and all that is Unholy—before submitting  your verse, visit the aforementioned Repository to get a feel for what BAD ACID LABORATORIES, INC. seeks to concoct. Poems about bad trips, literally speaking . . . generally not preferred. But, poems on bad trips, proverbially speaking . . . those are different matters entirely. And, of interest!

Please, take added note . . .

To whatever degree punctuation is utilized by a poet, the editor reserves the right to edit to the site’s house-style—i.e. Chicago Manual of Style. Likewise, he reserves the right to lightly edit, meaning amend obvious typos and/or errant usage of punctuation. If editing needs are more than minor, then he may “yellow-light” your poem(s), meaning he will carefully review the piece(s) with you prior to rendering acceptance. Finally, he reserves the right to edit bios, most especially those that exceed the word-limit prescribed above.

In closing . . .

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BAD ACID LABORATORIES, INC
. doesn’t pay a penny. Sorry. You know how it is, right?

If you’ve any questions, please feel free to contact the editor, Johnny Longfellow, via the email address above. Simply write “Query” in the subject line.

Thank you for considering BAD ACID LABORATORIES, INC. as a place to submit your verse for consideration. May you have a good bad trip.

To visit the Main Laboratory, simply click on the Current Issue image to your right.