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Submissions Open for D.O.R Issue 3

It’s that time again! The LJMcD Communications magazine of experimental art and literature is getting ready for a third issue and we’re looking for your work!

We can’t pay anything for your submissions, but we do offer contributors a print copy of the magazine at reduced cost (just covering printing and shipping)

All submissions should be in word doc format and sent to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please include a short third person bio in the body of your email to accompany your piece.

Poetry: please send up to five poems not more than a million lines. Any subject, any style, but the weirder and more experimental the better

Prose: short stories, text experiments, essays and whatever else you got up to 5000 words.

Art: send up to 5 high def images. Please include titles and any accompanying information you would like printed alongside your images (medium, process, etc.) It’s also fine if you want your if you want your images to stand alone without extra information.

Anything Else: we are open to new ideas and anything else you’ve got. If you’ve got something that you think would fit within an issue of D.O.R, please don’t hesitate to send it through or send a query and see if it would work.

And, if this is your first time, don’t forget to read the past two issues of D.O.R which can be read or purchased here

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Free Pamphlets for May 2023

Hi all,

This month we’ve got two brand new pamphlets to love and enjoy.

First up, we have Questions I Didn’t Know I’d Asked by the incomparable Mona Mehas. This chapbook of poetry inspired by Tarot and Oracle will knock your socks off with its intimate magic. Download a copy of the pamphlet below.

Secondly, we have The Poets Have the Floor, a thrilling extended prose poem told across three columns to whet your appetite for the fare of Lachlan J McDougall. Download a copy of the pamphlet below and see what you think!

The next round of free pamphlets goes out in July, so keep an eye on things and make sure you don’t miss these great publications.

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D.O.R Issue 2 now Available

In what seems like a whirlwind, Issue 2 of the LJMcD Communications literature and arts magazine filled up and hit the shelves!

You can purchase print copies of the magazine from Amazon right here or you can email with your order details and I will send a copy to you asap.

Or, feel free to download and read this free pdf and share far and wide!

I do recommend getting the print edition if you can afford it, the art and poems just look better on the printed page, but if not, it’s more important that the work gets read.

Enjoy! And keep an eye out for issue 3!

Submissions Open

Submissions Open for D.O.R issue 2


Hi all,

I’m happy to announce that the LJMcD Communications literature and arts magazine, D.O.R, is opening up for a fabulous second issue.

I’m looking for poetry, prose, and art on the edge of sanity. Bold new experiments in text and form. Anything that pushes the boundaries of what we can do with language and symbol. Full details below.

POETRY: Send up to five poems as a single word document. No restriction on form or subject matter, just make it interesting. You’ll find I’m more interested in experimental poetry than I am in traditional sonnets and the like, but I’m open to anything. Up to a million lines, but make them count!

PROSE: Up to 5,000 words in a word document. Short stories, prose poems, essays on contemporary magick, whatever ya got, just make sure you’re doing something new with your words. I want my head to spin with the modern world.

ART: Send up to five high def images in a single email along with any additional information you want published like titles and media.

Send all submissions to Please include a brief third person bio in the body of your email to accompany your piece if it is accepted.

Unfortunately, I cannot offer payment for accepted pieces, but all contributors will get the option of a print copy of the magazine at printing/shipping cost.

You can check out the first issue of the magazine in pdf or print copy here

Now, go forth and send me your best and weirdest work!

Submissions Open

LJMcD Communications call for Ephemera

As you may know, LJMcD Communications publishes free zines and pamphlets from time to time. To date these have been the work of press founder and main contributor, Lachlan J McDougall, but now the call is open to have your work published as part of this wonderful free mail out network.

What we’re looking for: set your word document to A5 paper size and put together material up to 52 A5 pages in length. Please, no more than that as the zines become unwieldy, but anything up to that length is workable.

We’re looking for experiments here. We’re looking for something that’s been on your mind and you just need to get it out. You might want to check out the free pamphlets that have already been distributed here.

What’s in it for you: well, it’s a free mail out service, so there’s no monetary recompense, but it’s a great way to get your work out to a wide audience and it will put you in a good position if you ever want to submit a book for consideration with LJMcD Communications. There’ll be the option to limit the number of print copies if you’re into rarity, but otherwise your pamphlet will be distributed to the mailing network and included with orders of books and other mail outs and go on the ‘Catalogue of Ephemera’ for collectors of LJMcD Communications work.

Your pamphlet will also be put aside for inclusion in an anthology volume collecting all the LJMcD Communications ephemera in the future.

You will hold complete copyright over your work and can withdraw the zine at any time or use it for your own purposes, whatever you like!

There is also an option to put the pamphlet out as a full book after a period of time to set it in stone as part of the LJMcD Communications catalogue.

How do I submit: start by familiarising yourself with the zines the press has already put out, then put together your own zine manuscript and email it to for consideration. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible and let you know how to proceed from there.


New publication in Fleas on the Dog magazine

Hi all,

Issue 13 of Fleas on the Dog magazine is now live featuring my short piece A Lesson in Schematics.

You can read the piece here

This piece will later reappear in the book Bulletin 23 which is set to appear in 2025.

Happy hunting folks!

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A Report from Elm Street Number 23 free pdf

My latest free pamphlet for 2023 is now available!

A Report from Elm Street Number 23 is a wild experiment in text and narrative—part cut-up text, part experimental scifi, it reads a bit like Burroughs in the sixties but with a more modern environmental bent.

The print edition of this little zine is limited to 50 signed and numbered copies with very few editions remaining at time of writing. If you’d like one of these limited handmade zines, email with your request and postal details and you will be put on the mailing list.

For those of you who might have missed out on a print copy, don’t worry—you can simply download the pdf below!

Enjoy this free offering and if you like it, don’t forget to pay it forward and buy one of the great books I have on offer. You can find links to all released books here or read the catalogue of books being put out by LJMcD Communications in 2023 right here.

And keep an eye out for The Poets Have the Floor, the next of my free zines coming out in May!

That’s all from me,

Happy hunting,

Lachlan J McDougall


Monthly Update: February 2023

Well, it’s that time again—the last Saturday of the month—and it’s time for the monthly update of everything going on at LJMcD Communications.

Let’s start with the brand new art book and photographic series Twelve Photographs of Silence. These insomniac photographs are designed to capture the sleepless lack of early morning and are a lovely little collection. You can purchase the folio book of the series here or view the series here

Next up is the fabulous Nagasaki Blues, my brand new cut-up novel and the first in the Hypernovel Trilogy. This book is a wild ride through to the end of the world and back and just has to be read to be believed. Get a copy right here

For either of these books, you can also order signed copies direct from LJMcD Communications by emailing with your order details and I will sign and send out as soon as possible.


That’s all the releases for February, but let’s take a look at what’s coming up in March.

A Pocketful of Scars by Laird Lee Kirk will be released in early March. This book of delightfully human poetry is a real treat and you won’t want to miss it. Pre-orders open, just email with your order details.

My second free pamphlet for the year, A Report from Elm Street Number 23, will be going out next month in a limited signed and numbered run of fifty copies. A free pdf will also be uploaded to the website, but to get your hands on one of the print copies, just email with your postal details.

Shimmied Christmas Jimmy, the Rat Fink of the Chimney is a brand new chapbook in the c22 open editions series. This long poem will be made available as a free pdf here and on the c22 website with an option to buy print copies if you like the work.

You can also have a look at the entire non-McDougall publishing schedule for LJMcD Communications here

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Monthly Update: January 2023

Hi all,

This year I’ll be providing monthly updates on what’s going on in the world of McDougall and here we are at the last Saturday of January.

My latest email newsletter has just gone out with all the updates for the month and you can sign up to that little list here

So what’s been going on? In chronological order

The Diaries 2022 – the first in what will hopefully be a long series of intimate diary publications, this book catalogues the last few months of 2022 with a series of full colour photographs and abstract musings on the day to day of the art life. You can get a copy of the book here

A Day of Perceiving — a brand new visual art series to kick off the 2023 catalogue, this bold new collection is available for sale in limited edition signed prints and one original painting. You can view the entire series and read the artist statement here. You can also have a look back over all my other visual art releases and have a look at my 2022 catalogue here.

The Exorcism of the Dark Spirit or The Trials of Hell — the first free pamphlet of 2023 with a lot more on the way. This short experimental work deals with my own experiences with mental illness and is currentlt available for free. Just download the pdf below.

Mr Martin Held All Board Room Reports — a free chapbook put out as part of the C22 open editions series, this text experiment furthers my own mythology of Mr Martin Mr also known as Johnny Ynshe alias the Architecture Kid. Available for free by downloading the pdf below or get a print edition here

That’s it for releases this month, but make sure you check out my full range of publications here and download what you like and buy anything that catches your eye.

And coming up next month, we have a few more great publications. Check out what’s on offer below.

Twelve Photographs of Silence — a brand new visual art series being released in limited edition photographic prints on February 1st with a folio art book of the entire series to be released at the same time. An overview of the series with artist statement and link to purchase the book will be uploaded here at the beginning of February.

Nagasaki Blues — the first in the Hypernovel Trilogy, this wonderful new cut-up science fiction novel tells a tale of invasion on EarthSphere and humanity’s last ditch efforts to save itself. Coming mid February, you can pre-order an ebook copy of the novel here or email to pre-order a signed print copy. Look out for the book to be released mid February!

And that’s all for this month. Make sure to check in regularly to stay updated and get the latest of all my boom reviews and other news.

Happy hunting folks!

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Mr Martin Held All Board Room Reports

My latest experimental chapbook is now available for free as part of the c22 open editions series.

You can view the book and all the other great work on the c22 website right here or download the pdf just below.

Otherwise, you can buy a print copy of the chapbook right here.

If you like my work or any of the other books in the open editions series, I highly recommend buying print copies to help give back and enable us to keep on doing what we love to do.

Happy reading all!