Submission Guidelines

All Submissions CLOSED until September 1st

Please read guidelines thoroughly before submitting.

Any submissions blatantly not following guidelines will be rejected.

If your piece includes any sensitive material(blood, gore, violence, self-harm, or sexual assault), include a Content Warning in the body of your email.

We offer expedited responses! Please check our Response Time & Publication section for details.

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Broken Trunk

Submission Basics

  • All submissions must be sent to notdeermag@gmail.com 

  • We accept works of short and flash prose, poetry, and visual art that explore horror/horror sub-genres & surrealism. We are not currently accepting lit review, audio, or video but that may change.

  • Please only submit to ONE category at a time. 

  • All submissions must be in English so all editors are able to read each piece.

  • We accept previously published work, but we do require that you let us know where it was first published.

  • Submissions are received on a rolling basis. Unless otherwise specified, we’re always taking new submissions.

  • We aren't currently able to pay our contributors as we're a new magazine, but we are hoping to in the future.

  • We take submissions from all creators but we especially encourage submissions by LGBT+, BIPOC, women, disabled, and neurodivergent creators. We strive to provide a platform for voices and perspectives that have not been heard before.

  • ​In your submission email, please include:

  • The form, your name, and the title or titles of your piece(s)

    • ​Ex. Submission / Prose, Fiction / Your Name / Submission Title

    • A brief bio that doesn't exceed 50 words. Tell us about yourself!

    • For written submissions, please attach files in .docx form. We will accept a PDF but only if it is in comic sans font. For multiple prose submissions, please attach each submission as its own file with the title clearly visible. 

    • Visual art should be submitted in .jpeg format with each file having the title of the piece. Please submit multiple pieces in separate files.

Flash Fiction & Short Prose

  • What do we mean by prose? Our prose category includes fiction, nonfiction, or essay.

  • We have no minimum word requirement for any prose submission, but we do ask that you keep short prose under 2500 words. We accept up to 50 words over the word count, but no more.

  • Flash prose is considered to be anything under 1000 words. Again, slightly over is fine but don’t get greedy.

  • Multiple submissions are great but please limit them to 3 at a time.

  • Please include word count and form (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) in the top left-hand corner of your piece.

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Wild Forest

Poetry

  • We love micro poetry, nothing is too short for us to read, but limit micro poetry submissions to 5 at a time.

  • For longer poems, we accept up to 3 poems not exceeding 1 page each or 1 long poem not exceeding 3 pages total.

  • All poems should appear on their own page with clear titles. If you prefer not to title, we ask that you number them instead.

Visual Art

  • We accept digital art, photography, drawings or paintings, and photos of sculptures or installations.

  • Please send up to 5 submissions for individual pieces or up to 10 submissions for pieces in a series.

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Frozen Branch

Response Time, Expedited Responses, & Feedback

  • We will always try to give a response within 2 weeks of submission, but sometimes life can get in the way. If a piece you submitted has not received a response within a month, please email again to let us know about the delay. 

  • Publication, like submission, happens on a rolling basis, and accepted pieces will appear on our site within a week of confirmation.

  • Expedited Responses:

    • $5 for a 48-hour response​

    • $8 for a 24-hour response

  • Feedback on rejected submissions:

    • $5 per page of prose​

    • $3 for poetry ($3 for one poem, $6 for two, etc.)

  • Please send funds for expedited responses and feedback to our PayPal (notdeermag@gmail.com) and include a screenshot of the receipt in your email.

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