This month, we are giving away Unity, Volume 1, from Fri. July 28, 12:00 a.m.-Sun. July 30, 11:59 p.m. Download your copy here on the designated days: bit.ly/UnityVolume1MagicalRealism
Given the editor's, my increased activism both in the community and Union, where I am an active steward, book production will occur during the summer, beginning mid-May. I apologize for any inconvenience, but this restriction is the reality.
There will be pre-releases of all books and virtual events. These will be announced in Penned in the City and Unity Anthology Contributors' FB group.
What's new? The Unity editorial board is working hard on editing Unity, Volume 2: A Speculative Anthology. (Thank you, radical editorial board!) I am hoping to have the book done, before Christmas.
In addition, this month, I hope to finalize Nightmare with a Twist! The fabulous Joseph Sale, a fantastic author and editor in his own rights, is copyediting the manuscript now and will go over it again.
As an editor, I couldn't be happier with the quality of submissions! Thank you.
Dear Contributors, the deadline for Unity, Volume 2: A Speculative Anthology has been extended through the end of September, 2021, anywhere on the planet. In addition, if you are a member of Penned in the City, you can submit two works per category. If you have any questions, carefully read the guidelines below, scan the QR code with your phone camera, and/or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also on Twitter @drmariajestrada and Facebook and will respond to messages there.
-Jesú Estrada, Editor in Chief and Publisher
Dear Contributors, the deadline for Unity, Volume 2: A Speculative Anthology has been extended through the end of June, 2021, anywhere on the planet. In addition if you are a member of Penned in the City, you can submit three works per category. If you have any questions, read the guidelines below and/or email me at email@example.com. -Jesú Estrada, Editor in Chief and Publisher
Yes, fans and book lovers! You heard right! We have a new Barrio Blues Press Amazon book club, starting with Unity, Volume 1! It will be running through January 23, 2021. It's free! You can sing up HERE.
If you can't afford the book or would like a review copy, email me Jesú Estrada, Editor in Chief @firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a message @ (312) 685-1602. I will send you a *.pdf version.
Let's get this discussion rolling!
UNITY, VOLUME 2: A SPECULATIVE ART, POETRY, AND FICTION ANTHOLOGY
Submissions: Open through September 2021 (This is an extension from the original May 1 deadline.)
Penned in the City: You must be a member of Penned in the City: A Creative Writing Group for All or be invited by the Editor in Chief, M. Jesú Estrada, to submit your work. Penned in the City members will be given priority. You can join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/204660916823940.
Genre: Speculative Art, Poetry, & Fiction
Theme: UNITY. Together we are stronger! Whether the tone be comedic, romantic, or dark, we are not looking for a blatant moral of the story; it is up to you how you work the theme. Works that speak towards the transformation of our world to a better one are preferred.
The Editorial Board Will Accept: Fiction, Poetry, Art, and Photography. *You can submit two works per category, for a maximum of six submissions.*
Reprints: Yes, if rights have reverted. Please let the Editor in Chief know if it has been published elsewhere.
Fiction Word Count: Fiction submissions must be 500 to 3,000 words in length.
Poetry Length: Poetry submissions must be 2 to 40 lines in length.
Formatting: Both Fiction and Poetry must be Shunn formatted and submitted as an MS Word document or *.pdf. Art or Photography should be sent as an image file with a minimum quality of 300 dpi. If the file cannot be attached, contact the Editor in Chief at email@example.com for Dropbox access.
Compensation: Barrio Blues Press will pay accepted writers and artists in hard copy or *.pdf. *Restrictions apply for some international countries; these contributors will be given a *.pdf copy.*
Deadline, extended: September 30, 2021, midnight. Anywhere on the planet.
Submit: Emailed attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributor Contracts: Once all works have been accepted, contracts will be emailed out after the September 30 deadline.
Contributors are highly encouraged to join the UNITY ANTHOLOGY CONTRIBUTORS Anyone submitting or interested in submitting group on Facebook. There, the editorial board answers questions and sends out updates, polls, and announcements about Unity volumes. Join today!
Please, read the submission requirements carefully before sending your work.
Barrio Blues Press is a small, one woman independent press, aimed at uplifting the voices and talent of new writers and artists, striving to make their mark in the world of creativity and literature.
However, continuing with the Unity anthology series can only remain a possibility with external assistance. Your assistance. Your generosity will help Barrio Blues Press gather the funding needed to forge ahead with its mission of uplifting emerging writers and artists and turning our hope of transforming the world for the better into reality, by producing an anthology every year where the proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders - a worthy charity representative of the diversity the Unity series stands for.
The anthologies will forever focus on the concept of Unity. What better way to radicalize the world than by offering a vision of what is possible; a ray of hope emanating from ideals that the editorial board stands for?
Your financial support would help Barrio Blues Press with:
1. Producing at least one Unity anthology a year;
2. Printing contributor copies; and
3. Supplementing domestic and international shipping costs (seeing as the cost of shipping internationally has risen as a result of the pandemic).
No donation is too small! Every dollar makes a difference.
Thank you for your generous gifts and for supporting our small press via our short PayPal campaign. More importantly, thank you for backing independent and emerging writers and artists. Barrio Blues Press would not be here without you, Readers and Friends. ¡Muchas Gracias, de todo corazón!