This can be my testimony
Sledgehammer Lit publishes exuberant poetry and flash 4x daily.
• for EIC's epic summer vacation •
We want to tear down the walls, shatter preconceptions, and break down barriers. We also want to showcase exuberant poetry and flash.
We appreciate technicolour imagery, geographical settings brought to life, and acrobatic turns of phrase. Show us the beauty within the ugliness. Peel back the layers of the onion to reveal inner truths. Bring us your contradictions. Give us gritty realism with a side dish of vulnerability. Be weird. Be a goofball. Give us sarcasm with sincerity. Make us laugh or make us cry, make us FEEL something. Be yourself, quirks and all. We adore surprises.
Feel free to experiment. Throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.
If stuck for inspiration, take a look at our growing archive of published work, or seek guidance from the vast iconography of Peter Gabriel's back catalogue. Though not affiliated with Sledgehammer Lit, he is its de facto patron saint.
Sledgehammer Lit welcomes all, including BIPOC / LGBTQ+ /marginalised creators
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J. Archer Avary [he/him] is the EIC, the head honcho, the big cheese, the stay-puft marshmallow man behind the site.
Sledgehammer Lit is a one man show (but we are hoping to change that soon)
J. Archer Avary is a former TV journalist, champion lionfish hunter, and hot sauce aficionado.
He was born in Albuquerque NM and lived in several cities before leaving the USA in 2014 for the island of Grand Cayman. His debut novella 'The Dog Sitter' is due for release in July 2021 via Daily Drunk Press.
He lives in Guernsey (UK Channel Islands) with his wife and a windowsill full of cacti.
He's been told he makes a mean chili.
Sledgehammer Lit accepts submissions of poetry and flash. We love our contributors!
• for EIC's epic summer vacation •
Send your work in.doc or .doc(x) format, no Google Docs, please, to:
POETRY: please submit 2 to 5 poems in a single document, single spaced (unless the poem needs room to breathe, then by all means let it breathe).
FLASH: please submit up to 4 pieces in a single document.1000 words max per piece, double spaced, to a maximum total word count of 2000 words.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED MATERIAL: not accepted. (including social media and personal blogs) • we may consider work from defunct journals on a case by case basis, talk to the EIC first.
THEME: none... but we may announce special themed submission calls in the future as we grow and (hopefully) flourish.
PAYMENT & FEES: no fee, no pay.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: yes, but let us know ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere. (and congrats!)
COVER LETTER: sure, a friendly hello but no need for a formal letter. it's nice to know a little about you when considering your art. We like it when you include the titles of your poems/flashes in the body of the email, so please do that.
UPON ACCEPTANCE: shout it to the rooftops. We're happy for you to share the great news with your networks.
RESPONSE TIME: we're quick AF. we don't keep your pieces in limbo for ages and ages. you'll have a decision in less than a week in most circumstances.
NEXT SUBMISSION: you can submit again right away if your work is accepted/declined, but keep in mind that contributors will be limited to one publication in Sledgehammer per calendar month.
AUTHOR BIO: keep it short - 50 words max, in 3rd person. Please include your pronouns and Twitter handle if you have one. (we use it to promote your work among the twitter literati)
FORMATTING ISSUES: due to the limitations of our strikingly beautiful website, some pieces with unusual or complicated formatting may not display properly. We always try our best but in some circumstances it might not be exact. In the event your piece displays incorrectly, bring it to our attention and we'll work through it as best we can.
● By submitting to us, if accepted, you grant us first electronic rights and non-exclusive archival rights.
● All submissions remain the intellectual property of the artist. Rights revert to author upon publication.
● Please credit Sledgehammer Lit if your work is republished in the future.
RACISM, SEXISM, HOMOPHOBIA, ABUSE, ETC is not welcome at Sledgehammer Lit. This should go without saying but we're gonna say it anyway.