Hello there. With the weather getting nicer, we’re finally shaking off the dreariness of the long winter and are over the somber stories we’ve been reading through the season. Now we’re in the mood for some fun and energetic pieces!

Even though we don’t typically have an open submission period this time of year, we thought it would be fun to see what kinds of stories you folks are writing these days. Of course, there is a catch. We’re only accepting submissions for a limited time and only from a limited amount of writers. So you’re going to want to submit your work ASAP! The guidelines are below. YOU MUST FOLLOW THEM OR WE WON’T READ YOUR WORK!

We accept:

  • Flash fiction up to 500 words.
  • Short stories up to 3,000 words.
  • Up to 3 poems (poems can be up to 80 lines).
  • Even if you’ve been published by DPW in the past, you can still submit.

We do not accept:

  • Previously published work.
  • Multiple submissions.
  • Anything containing overly graphic sex (no erotica).
  • Submissions written in the body of the email.

How to submit:

  1. You can submit by emailing us directly at drunkenpenwriting@gmail.com.
  2. All submissions must be in the form of a word doc (Docx) or pdf.
  3. All submissions must have “Spring Submission” as the subject of the email.
  4. In the body of the email please add a cover letter (we aren’t strict on these so need to stress over getting the cover letter just right) with your name, pen name (if applicable), synopsis of your submission, word count, and a little bit about yourself.
  5. For poems, follow the same guidelines as above but give the number of lines instead of a word count.
  6. As we only have limited readers, please choose just one of the three (poem, short story, or flash fiction pieces) to submit. If you want to submit more than one thing, let us know in the email of your initial submission. There’s a good chance if we accept your work, we’ll want to read more from you.

For those who don’t follow us, we do not pay for work. As of now, we are still a nonprofit organization (we don’t have ads or make any money from the site or from the work of others). We provide a place where you can showcase your work.

This isn’t a contest so there are no winners or losers. If we like your work, we’ll publish it and give the author the best chance to have their work read by a large audience. We usually do interviews with our featured writers, and as long as the number of submissions is reasonable, we’ll do the same with the authors whose work we accept.

If we get too overloaded with great submissions and can’t do the interviews, we’ll still feature the author’s bio and all links to social media accounts, as well as any other places the author’s writing can be found. Our goal is to help up-and-coming writers find a professional platform where their work can be featured.

Well, there you have it, folks. We can’t wait to read what exciting things you come up with this year. And remember, the most important thing is to have fun with your writing.

Caleb James K.
DPW Editor-In-Chief

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