Brickhouse Books: Re-opening for Submissions

BhB, Inc. is happy to announce that it is re-opening for submissions September 15, 2022!   Only the chapbook competitions are shutting down — until further notice.

BhB will be using a new business model necessitated by the overwhelming number of manuscripts pouring in during the pandemic. We will respond without comments other than Accepted for publication, Not Accepted, or Under Consideration. Any submitter will be able to request editorial comments for a per-page fee.  More on that soon!  

Meanwhile, please take note of BhB’s good news:

  • The submission fee will be reduced to $5!
  • The response time will be much, much shorter!

. . .Clarinda Harriss, Editor in Chief, and the BhB staff.

Readings and Release Party for Doritt Carroll’s New Book

Doritt Carroll, BrickHouse Books’ Poetry Editor, released Sorry You Are Not an Instant Winner via Kattywompus Press.


Listen to Carroll herself read selections from this jovial collection, and join her for the release party in September!


Third Saturday Reading Event
June 17th, 2pm – 4pm
Robert Harper Books
6216 Rhode Island Ave.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

Georgetown Library – Date TBA!


September 28, Time TBA
The Barking Dog
4723 Elm St.
Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information on Doritt Carroll and her work, visit

Honoring Baltimore Poet With Her Poetry

In honor of Baltimore poet Dyane Fancey, Baltimore Fishbowl featured an article, “Baltimore Poet Dyane Fancey Dies, Leaves Us with Perfect Poem,” discussing her poem “Multitasking.” The article wonderfully analyzes Fancey’s poem and, despite Fancey’s passing, reminds us death “is as good a reason as any not to worry, but instead simply to “Be here, / Here, now.”

Fancey’s work includes “A Religion of Skin,” published by The New Poets Series (now BrickHouse Books). For more information about Fancey, read The Baltimore Sun‘s article on the poet here.

Update on BrickHouse Books status:

Clarinda Harriss, BhB Director, is happy to be able to announce an end to the temporary hiatus on receiving new manuscripts.  As of January 2014, it’s business as usual here at the BrickHouse.

And it’s not too soon for people writing from a LGBT perspective to be thinking about submitting a chapbook manuscript for the 2014 Stonewall Chapbook Competition. Deadline is August 15, 2014.

Attention Richard Fein’s many fans!

Fein’s  latest book , My Hands Remember, can be ordered through,, or any bookstore! RichardFeinnewbook

Please don’t send orders and checks directly to BrickHouse Books. BrickHouse Books’ warehouse is Itasca Books so please order through our distributor or other online bookstores.  Orders with checks sent to BrickHouse Books will be returned.

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Author uses website to share poetry

Fan of poetry? Even better- are you a fan of BrickHouse Books author Doritt Carroll’s works? Then check out Carroll’s website! The author has poems, books, and updated news/events featured on the website.

Carroll’s website is user-friendly, easy to navigate, and helps spread the love of great poetry!

Doritt Carroll’s website:!poems/cwo

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Important news regarding BhB work status

Owing to a family medical emergency, Clarinda Harriss will be not be doing any BrickHouse Books work until further notice.

Authors with new books out:  please remind your fans and customers that orders cannot be sent directly to BrickHouse Books; BrickHouse Books does not maintain a warehouse. Books must be ordered from,, Barnes & Noble, or any local bookstore.  If you have already sent BrickHouse Books/Director Harriss an order, your check will be returned.


Literature news alert!

Canadian Alice Munro won Nobel literature prize. She’s one of the few to have won from her collection of short stories. Praised for her language, perfection of detail, storytelling skills, and the beautiful way to describes human behavior, it’s no wonder Alice Munro won.

Check out this article to learn more about the author.




New book features BhB Director’s early poem

51i5GYlgCdLCovet the Oven, the new book of stories by the Israeli-American writer Jerome Mandel, tells tales of the head, of the heart, and of writing. People make surprising announcements, do unexpected things: they die or don’t or can’t, or fall in love and then misplace it. His stories–some gritty, some witty, some smooth–address making choices, puzzlement, growing old, loss and love with wit, intelligence, and sympathy. The title of Mandel’s novel comes from BrickHouse Book’s Director Clarinda Harriss’ early poem which appears in the front matter. Covet the Oven is available in Kindle format and paperback at

Jerome Mandel won first prize in the P.E.N.-UNESCO International Short Fiction Competition in 1997 for “Third Time, Ice Cream” which appeared in Nothing Gold Can Stay: 18 Stories of Israeli Experience (1999) available in Kindle format at Sometimes paperbacks, signed by the author, can be found among the used booksellers at inflated prices.

A few stories from both books, together with some of his most accessible academic writing (on Housman, Lawrence, Fitzgerald, Joyce), are available to read for free on his website.

When not traveling, Jerome Mandel lives a quiet, retired life in the center of a busy market in downtown Tel Aviv.