Jelly Bucket

Jelly Bucket [jel-ee buhk-it]-noun
1) archaic slang for a lunch pail, formerly used by coal miners and other laborers residing in Appalachia. 2) Bluegrass Writers Studio's annual graduate-student-produced literary journal.

Contact Jelly Bucket

Drop us a line via email! We'd be happy to answer any questions you have about how to SUBMIT to our annually produced journal. If you'd like to contact a staff member directly, check out our staff listing below.

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Purchase a Copy

The literary journal of the Bluegrass Writers Studio is available for purchase at select Barnes and Noble, Hastings, and Bookstar locations. Back issues are also available.

To order online, visit our STORE (Firefox or Internet Explorer only). To order by mail, please fill out and return this FORM, or send us a check made payable to: Bluegrass Writers Studio, and a note with the following information:

Your Name
Your Mailing Address
Your E-mail Address
Which issue(s) you want x the number of each issue

Price list:
1 issue -- $12.00
2 issues -- $22.00
3 issues -- $30.00
4 issues -- $36.00
5 issues -- $40.00
6 issues -- $44.00

Submit Your Work

Jelly Bucket accepts work during our open reading period, from July 1st through December 1st. Founded in 2009, Jelly Bucket features established and new writers. We accept works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from anywhere in the world. Each issue also contains visual art that incorporates text and/or features an aspect of the book arts, as well as translation features from a variety of languages.

We accept electronic submissions via our submissions portal:

Submit to Jelly Bucket

Only one submission per person per reading period please. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere please let us know immediately and withdraw your submissions through Submittable. If you need to withdraw a portion of a submission please email: Previously published work is not accepted. We define previously published work as a piece published in another journal (either paper or electronic), in a book or chapbook (even a self-published one), or one that is currently online in a public blog or within a public forum.


Please send us no more than five poems at a time. Each poem should begin on a new page, but be submitted in a single document. Format poems on the page as you would have them printed.


Nonfiction pieces of up to 7,500 words are welcome. For short nonfiction (less than 1,000 words), up to 3 pieces may be included in one submission.  Please double-space all entries.


Fiction pieces of up to 7,500 words are welcome. For short fiction (less than 1,000 words), up to 3 pieces may be included in one submission. Please double-space all entries.

Text as Art

Each issue features a text-as-art or book arts project. Project images can involve any media, but must incorporate text or font design, calligraphy, tattoos, book design, crossword puzzles, or other aspects of text as art or the book arts. You may query first, send us a CD, direct us to a web site to review your work, or submit low-res samples of your project through the submissions portal. To inquire by email:

University Disclaimer

Jelly Bucket Literary Journal cannot accept submissions from current students at Eastern Kentucky University.  In addition, a period of four years must have passed between studies at EKU and submissions to the journal.  There is a publication for student work, titled Aurora Online, whose reading period takes place each Fall.


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Managing Editor: Lindsey Frantz

Editor-in-Chief: Wendy Gowins

Fiction Editor: Deri Pryor

Poetry Editor and Creative Nonfiction Editor: Jen Parks

Fiction Readers: Wes Blake, Lance Hood, Lydia Sanders, Eric Smith, Kelsey Weber

Poetry Readers: Tricia Coscia, Eric Smith

Creative Nonfiction Readers: Joey Burke, Jane Mortkowitz, Eric Smith,Kelsey Weber

Facult Advisor: R. Dean Johnson