Gimmick Press Family News

Gimmick Press is excited to announce that pre-order information for our latest collection, OBSESSED: Essays on Pop Culture Obsession, will be available very soon, but first we wanted to draw attention to some projects the extended Gimmick Press family have in the works.

First, Three-Way Dance author Mike Chin has a new book of short stories, You Might Forget the Sky Was Ever Blue, published by Duck Lake Books, and they’re celebrating with a virtual release party, which you can watch here.

Next, “Worthless Treasure” contributor Colin Dodd started a fundraiser to help with the launch of his new novel, Ms. Never.

In addition to that, author of Live Nude Guys, Shane Allison, is a featured writer and artist in Gay Death Trance.

And to top it all off, Mark James Andrews, author of Motor City is Burning and other Rock & Roll Poems, is participating in the 8th Annual Midtown Detroit Lit Walk (Facebook event link here).

Gimmick Press is so proud of our growing family of authors and artists, who continue to do and make incredible things!

Pushcart Nominations

Gimmick Press is proud to announce our first ever nominations for the Pushcart Prize:

time_stamped by Sarah Cavar (fiction)

The Rarest Piece of Nothing by Lanny Durbin (fiction)

The Museum of Broken Relationships by Andrea Rogers (poetry)

Rookie Card by Michael Chin (nonfiction)

I Wish It Would Rain by Mark James Andrews (poetry/excerpt from Motor City is Burning)

What I Remember About Jarret by Shane Allison (poetry/excerpt from Live Nude Guys)

Best of luck to all of the nominees and many thanks to all of our contributors.

Two New Chapbooks

Gimmick Press is back and we've got two brand new chapbooks.

First, we have Live Nude Guys, by Shane Allison. Live Nude Guys is Shane Allison's new chapbook of gay erotic poetry.

Next, we have Motor City is Burning, by Mark James Andrews. Motor City is Burning and Other Rock & Roll Poems is Mark James Andrews' new chapbook of poetry, inspired by the city of Detroit, Michigan.

Shane Allison and Mark James Andrews are both accomplished, widely published poets, and we're proud to welcome them to the Gimmick Press family.

Both chapbooks are available now in the Gimmick Press store!

Two New Gimmick Press Chapbooks

Gimmick Press is excited to announce we have agreed to publish two new chapbooks.

The first scheduled release is Live Nude Guys, a chapbook of gay erotic poetry by Shane Allison, and after that, we will release Mark James Andrews' Motor City is Burning & Other Rock n' Roll Poems.

Shane Allison has been writing poetry since he was fifteen, hiding away in his school library, scribbling sappy love verse about boys in notebooks. His poetry has graced the pages of over a hundred literary magazines and a plethora of anthologies. His first poetry collection, Slut Machine, was published by Queer Mojo Press. His second book, I Remember, was published by Future Tense Books. He has edited over twenty anthologies of gay erotic fiction, and has two published novels, Harm Done and You're the One I Want, both from Strebor Books. When he's not writing, he's drawing and making collages. Shane is hard at work on finishing up a new novel.

Mark James Andrews is a poet who has worked a checkered career as a gravedigger, inspector at a defunct auto plant, and jail librarian. His poems journey through dark places while never ceasing to search for the distant light.  He is the author of Burning Trash (Pudding House), Compendium 20/20 (Deadly Chaps), and a poetry CD Brylcreem Sandwich. His poems, stories, and nonfiction have appeared in over 50 print and online publications and anthologies. He lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Why not? Elmore Leonard lived in Bloomfield Hills, didn't he?

Both chapbooks are scheduled for publication prior to summer 2018.

Gimmick Press News

It's almost here ...

Three-Way Dance, a collection of pro wrestling literature, featuring new work by Michael Chin, Frankie Metro, and Brian Rosenberger, is coming very, very soon, and to celebrate, we've cut the price of our first two publications, Josh Olsen's Such a Good Boy and Working Stiff: The Anthology of Professional Wrestling Literature & Art.

And that's not all!

In the coming days, Gimmick Press will release a call for submissions for our brand new online feature, Worthless Treasures.

But wait, there's more!

This summer, Gimmick Press will set up shop at a number of bookfairs and literary festivals, including the 1st Annual Detroit Festival of Books, in Detroit's Eastern Market (Sunday, July 16th), the Underground Lit Fest, in Michigan City, Indiana (August 4th - 6th), and Ann Arbor, Michigan's Kerrytown Bookfest (Sunday, September, 10th).

It's going to be a big summer, folks, please join us!  

Thanks and Congratulations!

The time has come to announce the winners of Gimmick Press' Three-Way Dance chapbook project.

First off, thank you to everyone who submitted. We enjoyed the variety of submissions, and wish you all the best of luck finding a home for your chapbooks.

But now, please join us in congratulating the three writers whose manuscripts will be published by Gimmick Press.

The Leo Burke Finish: Prose Poems and a Lyric Essay, by Michael Chin

Michael Chin was born and raised in Utica, New York and is an alum of graduate writing programs at Oregon State University and Johns Hopkins University. He won the 2014 Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for fiction from the University of New Orleans and has previously published or has work forthcoming in journals including The Normal School, the Prairie Schooner online, Word Riot, Gravel, and Bayou Magazine. Find him online at and follow him on Twitter @miketchin.

Todo lo Malo, by Frankie Metro

Frankie Metro's obsession with Pentagon Dark and Mil Muertes is beyond ridiculous at this point. He's published two books of poetry and one novella entitled The Professional Donor. He is the co-founder/chief editor of Kleft Jaw Press.

The Rulebreakers Alphabet, by Brian Rosenberger

Brian Rosenberger lives in a cellar in Marietta, GA and writes by the light of captured fireflies. He is the author of As The Worm Turns, a collection of short stories, and three poetry collections. Brusier Brody remains his favorite wrestler.

Once again, Gimmick Press wishes to thank everyone who submitted to the Three-Way Dance chapbook project. We will continue to post updates, leading to the publication of Three-Way Dance, and Gimmick Press' next call for submissions is coming soon!

Three-Way Dance Submissions Closed

That's it, folks, submissions for the Three-Way Dance chapbook project are officially closed, and now its time for us to have some fun and do some reading. Thanks to everyone who submitted. We can't wait to dig into your entries, and we hope to reply to all submissions, as well as announce the three finalists, within the next couple months.

With that said, please remember that copies of our other titles can be purchased directly from our bookstore. We don't charge reading fees, so every title purchased helps fund the next project. And as far as our next project is concerned, stay tuned, because an all-new call for submissions is coming soon!