drafthorse welcomes unsolicited literary manuscripts and visual art. Work submitted in February, March and April will be considered for the summer issue. Work submitted in August, September and October will be considered for the winter issue. The next issue of drafthorse will publish in February 2014.
What we're looking for:
We are particularly seeking original fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and visual art. Fiction and creative non-fiction should be around 3000 words or less although we will consider exceptional longer works. Prose submissions may include short excerpts from longer works, but an excerpt must stand-alone as a discrete work of prose. Creative nonfiction may include essays, memoirs, literary journalism, interviews and opinion pieces but nothing overtly political even if we agree with you. Poets should submit up to five poems.
What we don't know we're looking for:
Include a very short cover letter in the body of your email containing your biographical information and your previous publications, although it’s all right with us if you don’t have any previous publications.
Make certain your name and contact information are within the body of your email, as well as on the first page of any attached MS Word documents. Include the genre and title(s) of your work in the subject line of your email. If submitting in multiple genres during the same submission period, please do so in separate emails.
For Visual Arts submissions, please see the additional guidelines below.
It is our policy to only accept previously unpublished work unless solicited. Please do not submit previously published material, which means published in other journals—print or online, as well as in blogs, personal websites or anywhere accessible to the general public.
We're happy to consider simultaneous submissions, with the understanding that you will inform us if a piece is accepted by another publication and is no longer available. Should that occur, please email us. Be sure to include the name(s) of your submission and your own name and contact information.
We are excited to feature known writers and artists who wish to lend their voices to the important subject of work, but we are just as excited to discover new and unknown writers and artists. So much the better if drafthorse provides the first publication for a strong writer or visual artist.
We recognize that literature’s job is to examine in an honest, intimate and authentic way how people live and how they respond to obstacles and adversity. In most cases, without that intimate and believable relationship, neither characters nor readers would have the room required to discover potential for redemption or an opportunity to achieve an epiphany. Sometimes that close look requires the inclusion of violence, sexual content or strong language in a piece of writing. We are not, however, interested in work that uses these elements gratuitously or for the sake of shock value.
drafthorse is not responsible for lost emails or corrupted file attachments, etc. Please do not send additional submissions until you’ve heard back from us.
Visual Arts Submissions: