Boog City is a small press and online community newspaper currently open for submissions for a special baseball themed section guest edited by Sandy Marchetti. “On the verge of entering its 30th year, Boog City has put out over 200 publications, including 35 volumes of poetry, various zines, and a newspaper, featuring work by Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bernadette Mayer, and Eileen Myles among others, and theme issues on baseball, women’s writing, and Louisville, KY.”
I wanted to know more, so I asked guest editor Sandy Marchetti. See my interview with Marchetti and a link to the submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about the Boog City Baseball Issue.
MARCHETTI: Boog City has done baseball issues before, so I’m excited to join a network of editors and guest editors who have culled work for these pages. After all, the magazine itself is titled after Boog Powell! We hope to have this issue out by the 2020 World Series (crossing our fingers here that it’s played) and I can already see a focus emerging on the New York and Chicago baseball connection–as the Editor-in-Chief of Boog City, David Kischenbaum, is a Met fan and I am a Cub fan. Of course, we’re open to other teams!
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
MARCHETTI: Anyone who enjoys baseball or enjoys the art of movement. Sports literature, to me, is unique in its description of action. It’s full of great verbs and settings that readers can feel comfortable in right away. We hope to have a lot of really strong visual art to challenge/expand the readers’ view of baseball as well.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
MARCHETTI: Submissions have been open a month and we are in need of prose! Have a memoir, creative essay, hybrid piece you’d like to submit? Please do so. Flash fiction? We need it! We are also looking for art: photography, paintings, collage–you name it! The guidelines don’t say so, but I’d love to see lyrics and music submitted! (Query if unsure of how to do this.) Additionally, we are looking for poems.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
MARCHETTI: Risky writing about baseball. Let’s hear your stories about gambling, steroids, racial tensions within the game. Let’s hear your fraught moral feelings about baseball starting up again amidst the pandemic. Let’s hear about that ballplayer who was a jerk or why ticket prices are too high. We’re seeing a lot of father/son stories, little league stories, halcyon days of ballplayers past. All that is good stuff! But, I’d love some more daring baseball writing to come my way.
We would really like to see more submissions from women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ contributors and are actively seeking these writers.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
MARCHETTI: I’ll be a bit more specific for this query–some of the baseball writing I am currently loving includes the books The Cactus League by Emily Nemens and Beep by David Wanczyk, and the annual Hobart baseball issues (look them up–they’re all archived on the site) along with the work new lit mag, the Under Review, is doing. Andrew Forbes’ The Utility of Boredom is a touchstone for me.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Boog City?
MARCHETTI: I love being a guest editor. I’ve been lucky enough to do it a handful of times now, and what it means is that you get to really focus on something you care about for a short amount of time, create an awesome artifact, and leave all of the messy, hard, and necessary work of supporting a journal to other folks (blessedly). I was very happy to be asked!
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
MARCHETTI: One piece in your submission can be a reprint! Guidelines to submit are here: https://boogcity.com/bc140_baseball_call_for_work.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0RxnmNcVaawqZcCEL2Lof5K14oFWespAXEY3tZ7j5AsJjzzWKEt9kJl8w
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
MARCHETTI: Feel free to send queries to the email address in the guidelines if you have a question. I am excited to see, read, and learn about the game through your eyes!
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020
NOTES: One piece in each submission can be a reprint.
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, prose, artwork, lyrics, music, hybrid
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter