TERMS & AGREEMENTS

By clicking on the 'submit' button, you are agreeing to the following terms:

1) The work you are submitting is an original work and belongs to you, the Contributor.  It is not a violation or infringement of any existing copyright or license and has not been previously published elsewhere.

2) The Contributor accepts responsibility for obtaining permissions for publication at your expense of any materials in which copyright vests in any other person or party.

3) You hereby grant Driftwood Press First North American Serial Rights for both print and online versions, as well as the right to republish your work in an anthology.

4) Driftwood Press has the right to make any revision to the work in the interest of uniformity and style, but will solicit the Contributor’s approval for substantive changes.

5) You understand that Driftwood Press offers payment for fiction, poetry, and graphic narrative contributions on request.

6) If your work appears on our website, you may ask us to remove it at any time, and we will make a good faith effort to do so as soon as possible.

 

Timeline

  • Submissions will be open from May 15th until July 31st.
  • Winner will be announced in November 2018.
  • The winning short story will be published in early 2019.

Guidelines

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  • Fiction only.
  • 1,000-6,000 word limit.
  • A standard, 12-point font is preferred. 
  • Short may not have been previously published.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw the work if the story has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Submit works written in English only, no translations.
  • Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
  • We read submissions blind, so please do not include your name, email, or any identifying characteristics on the manuscript itself.
  • Base submission cost is $10. Additionally, we are offering an $18 dollar submission option that will include a print copy of the issue in which the winning story will be published. 

Winners

  • The winner will receive $300 dollars and 10 copies of the issue in which the story appears. The winner will also have the opportunity to be interviewed about their work; the interview will be published alongside the story.
  • If a runner-up is chosen, their work will be offered publication, an accompanying interview, $100, and five copies of the issue in which their work appears.

$50.00 - 150.00
$50.00 - 150.00

 Genre

Currently, we're only offering critiques of short fiction.

Rates

0-2,000 Words: $50

2,000-4,000 Words: $100

4,000-6,000 Words: $150

If you have a longer work or a book-length collection of short stories, please reach out via our contact page.

Timeframe

We'll have the critique in your inbox in less than three weeks from the date of submission; more often than not, the turnaround is much faster.

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Description

From the line edit, you can expect extensive marginalia that details first impressions and line edits alongside a few paragraphs detailing the larger weaknesses of the work. I’ll give you extensive feedback on one draft of the work, including both a micro and macro assessment of the story. The individual line edits may include grammar and phrasing issues, but they are not the primary focus. The number of line edits may at times seem overwhelming because I don't believe in capping my critique; I'll spend as much time as necessary discussing the work's weaknesses and every submitter is welcome to ask for additional clarification on my critique if ever unclear. Often, I'll also include recommended reading (usually craft essay/book recommendations that pertain to your weaknesses).

​Every fiction writer who Driftwood Press publishes goes through an extensive line edit; from this service, you can expect the same attention given to your work as we'd give to our contributors. However, please note that going through this process does not place you in consideration for publication, nor will making our recommended fixes ensure you a spot in the issue if you decide to submit the work to us separately. All that this service offers is a detailed, comprehensive critique by Driftwood Press’ managing fiction editor; it is entirely separate from the submission process.

 Genre

Currently, we're only offering critiques of short fiction.

Rates

0-2,000 Words: $30

2,000-4,000 Words: $60

4,000-6,000 Words: $90

Timeframe

We'll have the critique in your inbox in less than two weeks from the date of submission; more often than not, the turnaround is much faster.

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Description

From the developmental critique, you can expect a roughly one-page, single-spaced write-up of the major issues I see in your work. I’ll give you extensive feedback on one draft of the work, including both a micro and macro assessment of the story. Though most developmental critiques will be a single page, I don't believe in capping my critique; I'll spend as much time as necessary discussing the work's major weaknesses and every submitter is welcome to ask for additional clarification on my critique if ever unclear. Often, I'll also include recommended reading (usually craft essay/book recommendations that pertain to your weaknesses). 

​Of the two services, the line edit is more comprehensive, but the developmental critique will be very useful for an early draft with macro issues or a later draft that has already received a line edit.

​Please note that going through this process does not place you in consideration for publication, nor will making our recommended fixes ensure you a spot in the issue if you decide to submit the work to us separately. All that this service offers is a detailed, comprehensive critique by Driftwood Press’ managing fiction editor; it is entirely separate from the submission process.

$3.99
$3.99
Our stories share little in common outside of a love of language; well-crafted sentences and honed rhythm are a must for Driftwood contributors. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of our favorite authors are William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham, John Updike, Don Delillo, Graham Greene, and James Joyce. We stray away from young adult, fantasy, romance, novel chapters, and mainstream mystery fiction. While we're interested  in experimentalism and stream of consciousness (not auto-writing), we expect a story to have narrative momentum. For an example of unconventional narrative momentum, please see Russell Helm's "The Grass Cutter" in issue 3.4.

Writers can submit one piece of prose, no longer than 4,000 words. Please use single spacing, include a name on the first page, and make sure the document is '.doc' or '.docx' file type. Please do not submit PDFs unless it preserves stylistic decisions that may be affected by another file type.

This is the Premium Fiction submission area. For $4.99, you will receive either an acceptance or rejection within the short time of one week; one of our managing editors will receive $4.17 for his timely work, while Submittable will snag $0.84. At Driftwood Press, we understand that an artist's time is precious, and we are happy to provide this service for our submitters. The fee does not guarantee that your piece will be accepted! We judge each work fairly and with the same reverence we would want our own work to be judged with. Please also not that you will not be refunded if you withdraw before the week is over. Finally, we thank you for choosing this option of submission. This is the editors' only means of payment, and we are truly excited to find the greatest fiction in the most effective, timely manner possible. 

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Our stories share little in common outside of a love of language; well-crafted sentences and honed rhythm are a must for Driftwood contributors. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of our favorite authors are William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham, John Updike, Don Delillo, Graham Greene, and James Joyce. We stray away from young adult, fantasy, romance, novel chapters, and mainstream mystery fiction. While we're interested  in experimentalism and stream of consciousness (not auto-writing), we expect a story to have narrative momentum. For an example of unconventional narrative momentum, please see Russell Helm's "The Grass Cutter" in issue 3.4.

Writers can submit one piece of prose, no longer than 4,000 words. Please use single spacing, include a name on the first page, and make sure the document is '.doc' or '.docx' file type. Please do not submit PDFs unless it preserves stylistic decisions that may be affected by another file type.
$2.99
$2.99

Whether you are seasoned or a beginner brimming with poetic inspiration, we call upon your abilities. At Driftwood, we are devoted to finding poetry of the highest caliber; we seek poetry of literary importance. Some of our favorite poets are T.S. Eliot, Carolyn Hembree, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, and Allen Ginsberg. Overly romanticized, antiquated, or colloquial poetry is not our focus. Experimental forms and content that reveals your unique style are welcomed.

Poets can submit up to three poems, each being no longer than 60 lines. If you submit more than three poems, only the first three will be read. When submitting, please send all poems in a single document. 

This is the Premium Poetry submission area. For $3.99, you will receive either an acceptance or rejection within roughly one week. At Driftwood Press, we understand that an artist's time is precious, and we are happy to provide this service for our submitters. You can submit up to three poems. Please, and we can't stress this enough, make for sure you include all poems in a single submission. In addition, the fee does not guarantee that your piece will be accepted! We judge each poem fairly and with the same reverence we would want our own work to be judged with. Finally, we thank you for choosing this option of submission. This is the editor's only means of payment, and we are truly excited to find the greatest poetry in the most effective, timely way possible. 

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Whether you are seasoned or a beginner brimming with poetic inspiration, we call upon your abilities. At Driftwood, we are devoted to finding poetry of the highest caliber; we seek poetry of literary importance. Some of our favorite poets are T.S. Eliot, Carolyn Hembree, Adrienne Rich, and Allen Ginsberg. Overly romanticized, antiquated, or colloquial poetry is not our focus. Experimental forms and content that reveals your unique style are welcomed.

Poets can submit up to three poems, each being no longer than 60 lines. When submitting, please send all poems in a single document. 

 Individual graphic works may range from a single image to twenty-two pages of comic art. Please submit no more than five photographs unless they are in a series, in which case you may send up to twenty. Please send us the highest resolution possible for any visual art submission; a work may be denied simply on the grounds that the resolution is not high enough for publication. Upon acceptance, we may ask for a specific file type to publish with. If your work does not have a title, please label it 'Untitled'.

​We can serialize longer graphic works, but the first chapter of the work and a series outline must be presented before serialization is promised. If we accept your series, we will publish individual chapters of no more than twenty-two pages in each issue. Some of our favorite graphic artists are Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Brecht Evens, Anders Nilsen, Christophe Chaboute, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, David Lapham, David Mazzucchelli, Dash Shaw, and Scott McCloud.

We’re currently accepting craft essays: essays in which the craft of writing is dissected, detailed, and explained with the help of literary examples. For useful examples of craft essays, we recommend books such as David Jauss’ Alone with All That Could Happen, Charles Baxter’s Burning Down the House, Jane Hirshfield’s Nine Gates, and Graywolf Press’ “Art of” Series. All craft essays must be in MLA format with appropriate citations; if they are longer than 7,000 words, please email our editors with an abstract before submission.

 

Interviews, on the other hand, have a 5,000-word limit; we recommend that interviews be one-on-one. Please include a short, 200-word biography of the author you will be interviewing, as well as the name of the interviewer. We do not accept self-interviews.

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