What's a Switcheroo?
A turning of the tables. In The Switcheroo, writers respond to the work of a Broadsided visual artist, rather than the other way around.
When's the Next Switcheroo?
Early 2014. We try to coordinate with April, which is both National Poetry Month and, of course, the month that opens with tricks and surprise.
You can see the past Switcheroo Broadsided publications by clicking the images below:
Broadsided seeks poetry and prose that is evocative, riveting, and not too esoteric.
Broadsides are out on the streets, and we hope that they compel all kinds of people to stop, read, and consider. We want them to draw in readers, not push them away. That said, we want smart, difficult work. Work that challenges and speaks strongly.
The nature of the Broadside is a bit different than traditional print, so if your poem/story has been published elsewhere in a journal or collection, we are still happy to consider it. Just let us know who we should credit.
Send your 30-line (or less) poems (3-5 at the most, please) in the body of an email to email@example.com. We know that email can wreak havoc with line breaks, but we will trust that the essence of your work will carry through. When your poem is accepted, we'll begin dealing in attachments.
Send your 300 words of prose (or less) in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We know that a snippet of story or essay cannot convey the full complexity of your work. Although the broadside will have at the most 300 words, we are more than happy to put the rest of your text online. If you choose to send a story in its entirety, please begin with the section that you think is appropriate to broadside.
Please include a bio in your email. The Broadsided bio will be quite short, but we can put a longer note online.
We will do our best to respond within 8-9 weeks.
If accepted, a Broadsided artist will respond to your work visually, and then your poem/story/essay will be Broadsided (made into a unique visual/literary document). The artists involved with this project are all talented individuals in whom the editors have both faith and confidence—because our goal is to have the Broadside be a commingling of literary and visual art, we want to give the artists as much freedom as possible. Therefore, you will not be in correspondence with the artist during the process. Sit back and see what happens!
Once your work is Broadsided, it will be distributed on walls and telephone poles by a small gang of Vectors (hopefully including you and your friends), and saved on this site as a PDF for others to download and post.
It's a writing contest, it's a collaborative grab-bag, it's a panoply of voices and visions.... it's the Haiku Year-In-Review (henceforth referred to as HYIR).
To celebrate, examine, and honor the passing of the year Broadsided Press holds a contest.
You send us haiku addressing events that define each season of the previous year.
We will post the finalists alongside visual work by Broadsided artists.
YOU vote and choose the winners.
Get the complete picture and see former HYIR.