Submission Guidelines

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POETRY & PROSE 

We accept submissions all year. We accept poetry, prose, and art, and aim to publish the best of each genre primarily in the Los Angeles area. We look for strong voices, thought-provoking works that communicate beyond the technical show of words, and seek to illuminate a truth for the reader; works that are true to the excitement and urgency of expression.

We are proud to publish previously unpublished writers, emerging talents, and established authors.

You do not have to be a Los Angeles resident to submit, we accept submissions from all over the world. Please do not submit more than 2 times a year, unless the editor requests to see more work.

All works are published in the online quarterly. The annual print edition features a select few of the best work we receive. The next online release is scheduled for January 2017.

Note: WE PRIORITIZE INCLUSIVE, INTERSECTIONAL, AND POC WORKS. We do not accept work that sustains the traditional white literary Western canon that has continuously ignored and poised itself as an authority over the voices of the oppressed. We do not give a voice to stories from the perspectives of cisgender, heterosexual, white, upper-class males that continue this tradition. We also do not give a voice to feminist works that only consider white female perspectives.

poetsinunity

EXCLUSIVE GUIDELINES We are accepting submissions now for our exclusive project Poets In Unity: Responses to the Election of Donald Trump. It is our mission to hold a space for voices of the oppressed, and it is important more now than ever to continue to use our language, our art, and our hearts to uplift and unify our people through whatever avenues we have available to us. Submit 1-3 poems, include a short bio. We are publishing pieces the same day they’re accepted. Last day to submit is January 19, 2017. (Jan. 16 update) – Anna Ureña

POETRY: 

Please send no more than 3-5 poems in one document (not in separate files)

FICTION: 

Send 1 short story at 5,000 words maximum

FLASH FICTION:

Please send no more than 3-5 pieces in one document (not in separate files)

CREATIVE NONFICTION & ESSAYS:

1 piece at 2,500 words maximum

BOOK REVIEWS:

Book reviews are published year round. We like pieces that are illuminating and well thought out. If you would like us to review your recently published book of poetry, short story collection, or novel feel free to send us an inquiry.

FILM REVIEWS: 

Film reviews are published year round. We publish reviews about films- classic, foreign, indie, and new.

SEND TO

drylandlit@gmail.com. Please include the following in the subject header: “type of submission” and “Full Name.”

OPTIONAL: INCLUDE a short bio (30-50 words). Also any social media links.

FORMAT.

Please send pieces in a Word DOC, a PDF, or as TIE (text in email; be aware of poetry formatting). No ZIP files accepted.

PUBLISHING RIGHTS.

We accept previously published work just let us know where it’s been published. Acceptance grants us North American Serial Rights. This means we do not own anyone’s work, therefore the author may publish the work elsewhere after publication.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Just let us know when if your work gets accepted elsewhere.

Please Note: We do not accept novel queries, excerpts, or manuscripts.

Payment: Unfortunately, we cannot offer any payment at this time. We do not make a profit at this time, all the work we do is for the love of the craft. 

ARTWORK GUIDELINES

We are open to all visual mediums. We are interested in showcasing provocative, thought-provoking, imaginative, dada, surreal, expressionist…we want to see work that you can’t get your eyes off of. No hotel lobby art here…unless it’s from a hotel in the Interzone…

IMAGES:

3-7 pieces, each must be 300 dpi minimum

SHORT FILMS:

1-3 pieces, 1-20 minutes long (music videos, documentary series, narrative, etc. accepted)

SEND to

drylandlit@gmail.com. Please include the following in the subject header: “type of submission” and “Full Name.”

INCLUDE a short bio (30-50 words). Also any social media links.

FORMAT. Send video links or ZIP files. We prefer to use DropBox as a way to download.

RESPONSE TIMES

Please expect a response time of 1-3 months. Feel free to check with us after the 3-month mark. We are a volunteer based organization…your patience is appreciated.

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