Hi there, friend! You are considering submitting to Drunken Boat, and that's great, because we only accept submissions via this system.

General submissions are open as follows:
Poetry: 3/1 - 5/31; 9/1 - 11/30
All other genres: 11/1 - 1/1; 3/1 - 5/1; 7/1 - 9/1.

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.

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 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We only consider previously unpublished work.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.

We aim for a two-month response time, but we're only human. If it's been more than 3 months, or you have other questions, please send an email with the subject "Query" to editor @ drunkenboat.com

If, for reasons of financial hardship, you cannot afford to pay the submission fee, please send us an email.

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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!). 

Folios are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Currently, folio proposals are being considered for issue DB23 (December, 2015) and after.