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 or call our office at 859-622-3179
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, click here. Please see below for issue numbers and content.
To order by mail, please send a check made payable to "Jelly Bucket" to: Jelly Bucket, 467 Case Annex, 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475. Please specify which issue(s) you would like to receive.
any one issue ... $12
any two issues ... $22
any three issues ... $30
any four issues ... $36
all five issues, including No. 5 ... $40
Jelly Bucket No. 6
Double issue featuring Christopher Cokinos, Rigoberto González, Lucian Childs, Ann Robinson, Luisa Caycedo Kimura, Brandon Bell, Shasta Grant, translations of poet Juan Carlos Mestre by Jeremy Dae Paden, and artwork by Barbara Wildenboer and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. 144 pages.
Jelly Bucket No. 5
Featuring work by Kevin Wilson, Ellen Hagan, Taylor Mali, Robert Vivian, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, China Marks, Eileen Casey, Robert The, Steven J. Stewart and Raphael Ballesteros, with cover art by Liz Mitchell. 96 pages. New 8.5" x 11" format.
Jelly Bucket No. 4
Featuring work by Adam Day, Lyn Hejinian, Anothai Kaewkaen, Bronislaw Maj, Joel Peckham, Glen Retief, and many more, with cover art by Brian Dettmer. 190 pages.
Jelly Bucket No. 3
Featuring work by Eileen Casey, Stuart Dybek, Austin Hummell, Sonja Livingston, Vera Pavlova, Frank X Walker, and many more, with cover art by Joe Decamillis. 198 pages.
Jelly Bucket No. 2
Featuring work by Angel M Baker, Richard Garcia, Chris Offutt, Henry Presente, Charles Rafferty, Tea Topuria, and many more, with cover art by China Marks. 190 pages.
Jelly Bucket No. 1
Featuring work by Priscilla Adkins, Melanie Crow, Taylor Hodge, Roger Pincus, Dan Sociu, Steve Tompkins, and many more. 198 pages.
Submit Your Work
Jelly Bucket accepts work during our open reading period, from January 1 to June 1. 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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.. 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. One poem per page. Format poems on the page as you would have them printed.
Nonfiction pieces of up to 3,500 words are welcome. Please single-space all entries and have them formatted with an acceptable manuscript font (e.g. Times New Roman 12pt).
Fiction pieces of up to 3,500 words are welcome. For short fiction (less than 1,000 words), up to 3 pieces may be included in one submission. Please single-space all entries and have them formatted with an acceptable manuscript font (e.g. Times New Roman 12pt).
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: email@example.com.
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 Literary Journal, whose reading period takes place each Fall.