Submission Guidelines

All Submissions Currently Open

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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ROLLING SUBMISSIONS 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.

  • We do not edit submitted work. Please send us your most up-to-date version of your piece(s). Accepted work is subject to minor grammatical adjustments, but we don't want work that needs to be heavily edited.

  • 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.

POETRY

  • 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. A hundred or so over is fine, but try to be gentle with us.

  • 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.

SHORT/FLASH PROSE

  • 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, in the same document, with clear titles. If you prefer not to title, we ask that you number them instead.

VISUAL ART

RESPONSE TIME & PUBLICATION

  • 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 with a month, please email again to let us know about the delay. 

  • If you'd like to receive an expedited response, we charge $5 for a 48-hour response and $8 for a 24-hour response. Please send payments to our PayPal (just search us by our email notdeermag@gmail.com) with the message "For Expedited Response". Please send a screenshot of your receipt with your submission.

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

  • Please wait a minimum of 1 month between submissions before submitting again.

  • 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.

  • We do NOT accept art with excessive gore or depiction of violence/assault of any kind.

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