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Taking Submissions: Diet Milk Magazine Spring-Summer 2023 Issue
Deadline: January 8th, 2023
Payment: $15 per poem, $0.01 per word ($40 minimum) for short stories, and $50 per art piece via PayPal.
Theme: Gothic prose, poetry, and art.
Diet Milk Magazine is a biannual literary magazine devoted to Gothic prose, poetry, and art. Neatly genred or genre-bending, classically styled or modern, we want your prettiest, most pungent dread.
Give us withering romance, creatures that lurk and lure, families to be feared and houses that haunt; give us isolation and creeping, oppressive unwellness. Quietly thrill, terrify, and leave us wanting more.
For all our important links, including website, twitter, and support, check out our campsite.bio page! This hub will direct you to anywhere you want to go, as well as put you in contact with our official email.
All submissions are processed through Duosuma, available to anyone with a free Duotrope account. Our manager can be accessed through the button above after logging into or creating your account.
A note on Duosuma for trans people: this platform requires that you supply a ‘legal name’ when submitting. There is no way for us to disable this, but as a trans-led magazine, we understand that this may be uncomfortable. We suggest using a ‘dummy name’ (ex: Dummy Name) for that field when first submitting, and only worry about telling us a ‘legal name‘ in the event of an acceptance. That is the only time, for payment reasons, that we will need it.
We don’t accept multiple submissions or reprints from other magazines, but are willing to consider pieces posted to author websites/blogs. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask to be informed of acceptance elsewhere immediately so that we may remove you from the queue— and offer congratulations!
In addition to your work, you will be asked to submit a brief cover letter. While it isn’t necessary to summarize your work, use your best judgement with regards to trigger warnings. If your work contains graphic depictions of gore, sexual violence, etc., please be considerate of our staff and say so.
Closes on Sunday, January 8, 2023 11:59 PM UTC (in 26 days)
From December 1st – January 8th, Diet Milk Magazine will be accepting submissions for its Spring/Summer issue. We will be open to poetry, prose, and visual art of all kinds. While the most detailed information can be found on our website (linked above), here’s a quick rundown of what potential contributors need to know!
- All submissions must fall under the Gothic umbrella, but aren’t required to be a specific genre
- No reprints or multiple submissions
- Simultaneous submissions permitted, though we ask to be informed promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere!
- Poetry/Prose submissions should be .doc, .docx, or .pdf // Art submissions should be .jpeg or .png
- If you receive a rejection, you may submit again (with new work) immediately
P O E T R Y :
Poets may submit up to three poems at a time. There are no min/max line restrictions.
P R O S E :
Authors may submit one short story at a time, up to 5000 words. This doesn’t have to be on the dot, but stories exceeding 5025 words will be rejected automatically.
A R T :
Artists may submit up to two pieces at a time. We’ll consider any type of visual art. If you’re unsure whether or not your work falls into this category, query us first. Reach out to [email protected] using the subject line “QUERY: YourName [ART SUB]”. We’ll let you know within 24 hours if your preferred medium is eligible.
Responses, Rights, & Payment
- Please allow up to three weeks for a response. After that, send a gentle nudge via email
- Diet Milk Magazine asks for first serial rights. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the creator. A contract will be provided upon acceptance
- All payments made via PayPal. For more information on pay scale, visit our website
POETRY: up to 3 pieces of any length in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format
PROSE: a single short story of up to 5,000 words in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format
ART: up to 2 pieces, in any visual medium, in .png or .jpeg format
NONFICTION: While we’re primarily a fiction and art publication, we’re interested in anything deeply rooted in the Gothic genre. If you’re interested in submitting a personal essay or CNF, send a query through the form on our ‘contact’ page first. Briefly explain your work and how it relates to the Gothic; our editor-in-chief will be in touch shortly.
PROSE EXCEEDING 5000 WORDS: Adherence to our word count limit doesn’t have to be on the dot, but for stories exceeding 5100 words, please send a query through the form on our ‘contact’ page first. Our editor-in-chief will be in touch shortly.
ARTIST CONCERNS: We’re open to accepting any type of visual art, provided that it’s Gothic in theme. However, if you’re unsure about whether or not your preferred medium is a good fit, please reach out before submitting. Use the form on our ‘contact’ page to briefly explain your piece, and our editor-in-chief will be in touch shortly.
While we can’t guarantee that we’ll accept your work before thoroughly reviewing with the whole team, we can help you decide if diet milk magazine is the right place to query.
diet milk magazine is currently able to pay $15 per poem, $0.01 per word ($40 minimum) for short stories, and $50 per art piece via PayPal. Payment thresholds will grow as we do. We look forward to the day we can offer pro rates.
Please allow up to three weeks for a response. Should the wait time increase, a public announcement will be made, but our team will do its best to keep turnaround brief.
Upon rejection, you may submit again immediately. These should be pieces we haven’t read or seen before. Please only resubmit an edited piece if it was specifically requested.
diet milk magazine asks for first serial rights, a contract for which will be provided after your acknowledgement of acceptance. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the creator. We kindly ask that if you publish the piece elsewhere in the future, you credit us as the original publisher.
We encourage submissions from any author, poet, or artist interested in the Gothic, but especially those from marginalized communities.
Via: Diet Milk’s DuoTrope.
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