Thank you for liking us enough to submit! We're grateful that you're considering us as a home for your work. We accept submissions through our Submittable platform only.
General submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and translation are open November 1 - March 1 and June 1 - September 1.
To cover operational costs, we must charge a $3 fee for each submission. Plus, it's easier for everyone (and the environment) to save that in printing and mailing costs. If, for reasons of financial hardship, you cannot afford to pay the submission fee, please send us an email at editor at drunkenboat dot com.
We strongly encourage you to take a look at previous issues and see if you think your work is a good fit.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that you notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. You can use this handy system to withdraw, or leave a note on your submission.
We only consider previously unpublished work. That includes work published on personal blogs, sorry. We're especially interested in work that uses the medium of the web as part of its compositional strategy.
Because we're an all-volunteer organization we try our very best to offer a fair turnaround time, about three months. For any genre other than poetry please drop us a line if you haven't heard from us within three months. For poetry submissions, we can't respond to individual inquiries: if you haven't heard from us yet, it's because we're still working on your submission. We get over 500 poetry submissions every period and are spending time reading each one carefully.
Send us your best, most challenging work through Submittable today.
Special No-Fee Calls for Submission
Drunken Boat features three special sections, that we call folios, in each issue. To propose a theme or topic for an upcoming folio, please submit a brief, 500-word description, making sure to specify what genres will be included in the content of your folio, and the names of some potential contributors (you do not need to already have content selected, just a few names as examples!). Submit proposals here.
Folios are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Currently, folio proposals are being considered for issue DB26 (by Jan 2018) and after.