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Bull City Press: INCH

Inch has one reading period per year: March 15—April 15.

We’re looking for your small collections—a minimum of three stories or essays, or a constellation of poems, between 10-16 pages in length:

  • Inch celebrates concision, brevity, and the remarkable work such constraints can inspire. When choosing to submit, writers are asked to consider the size and shape of Inch as it imposes constraints not only the length of pieces, but also the actual length of individual lines.

Learn more here.

About the Press

Bull City Press, an independent, volunteer-run small press based in North Carolina, was born in 2006. We publish chapbooks and occasionally full-length books, as well as the quarterly journal Inch. While we started with a mostly-poetry approach, we launched a line of fiction and nonfiction chapbooks when we merged with Origami Zoo Press in 2015. We also host events in the Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina when we’re able. We love readers, and we love writers. We want to make sure they find each other.

So that we can both pay the writers we publish and keep readers’ costs low, we are staffed entirely by volunteers. No one draws a salary from the press, so we can put all proceeds into creating new chapbooks. You can find more information on our staff here. Each year, we publish the winner of the  Frost Place Chapbook Competition.

Our logo and our mascot, Barry the Bull, were designed by Flying Hand Studio. They also designed most of our books before 2017. Many of our titles are now designed by Spock & Associates.

Through a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we give students the chance to learn editing, design, and publishing skills by working on Bull City Press titles. Students have provided invaluable feedback to authors, created book jackets and interiors, and developed marketing materials for several books.