The Bitter Oleander Press:
Home of Fine Poetry Collections and The Bitter Oleander: A Journal of Contemporary International Poetry & Short Fiction
The Bitter Oleander Press publishes works that contain imagery revealing a “world we thought we knew but were mistaken.”
We believe in bringing our readers and writers face to face with each other, with the reality of our uncommon world, like the one that exists in grape seeds blown by hurricanes into hidden corners doors form when closed.
The Bitter Oleander prefers “poetry devoid of clichés and predictable twists of well-worn or entrenched truths. We prefer a heightened music driven by a profound linguistic rhythm.”
“Because we are open to submissions from all cultures, people and languages, we regard their investment of time spent submitting and creating to be very critical. We pride ourselves on answering every request, every order, every submission, every letter of gratitude and annoyance personally because we feel there’s absolutely no substitute for that one-to-one exchange which can and should take place between an editor and writer. Building this bond emphasizes the importance such interaction can have on one’s work and on one’s publication. We’re indebted to all those poets and writers for making us what we are and for all the trust they continue to place in us.”
Fiction: word count ~ 2500.
Poems: No more than 8.
Accepts Submissions year-round, excluding July.