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Payment and rights


We pay each author $20 per published piece. We retain exclusive rights for 6 months after publication (meaning that the work cannot be published elsewhere). After the 6 months are up, you may publish your work anywhere you like; however, we respectfully request that if your piece is later reprinted, it will include an acknowledgment of first publication in Ducts. Please note that we only accept original, previously unpublished submissions.


General submission guidelines


These guidelines apply to all written submissions. For genre-specific guidelines, see below.

  • We accept e-mail submissions only
  • Send only original, unpublished work
  • All manuscripts (except poetry) must be single spaced, with no indents or tabs
  • Title of piece should appear on first page only (no separate title pages please)
  • Do not include footers or page numbers in the document
  • Include your full name, mailing address, and a brief (1-3 sentence) bio written in third person
  • Please review genre-specific guidelines below for more information on review periods  
Essay guidelines

EditorVoichita Nachescu

  • Please send personal essays of up to 3,000 words
  • We welcome new and established writers, fresh voices, and original perspectives on both common and uncommon topics 
  • We do not publish research articles; however, we consider for publication essays that include research, as long as this research is connected to a personal narrative
  • Please submit your work by May 15 for the summer issue and November 15 for the winter issue. We kindly ask that you submit only once per submission cycle
  • Please send your piece as a Word attachment. The subject line should read “Title,” “Author first and last name.” Email:


Fiction guidelines

Editor: Julie Wilkerson

  • Submit short fiction of 3,000-4,000 words (no novel excerpts please)
  • Submissions accepted on a rolling basis
  • E-mail:


Humor guidelines

Editor: Mary Cool

  • Both satire and humorous fiction pieces will be accepted, running 1,000-4,000 words
  • Submissions accepted on a rolling basis
  • E-mail:


Memoir guidelines

EditorLisa Kirchner 

  • Please read through some issues to get an idea of what we like. Generally speaking, we’re looking for a fresh take on personal experiences. We like quirky, edgy, witty, and smart. Also the heartfelt and moving. But mostly we like great writing
  • We enthusiastically accept unsolicited excerpts and serial pieces (multi-part works) year-round via email; however, review and selection take place in April and October. Length: 900-2000 words
  • For excerpts: Your piece needs to be able to stand alone  
  • For serials: Submit only the first piece, indicating that it’s a serial. Once accepted, send the remaining episodes in the series, with each formatted as an individual submission
  • Attach your submission as a Word doc, 12-pt Arial font, double-spaced
  • E-mail:


Poetry guidelines

 Editor: Precious Okoyomon

  • Be mindful of format limitations—until there’s a technical upgrade, our site can best handle poems that don’t require a lot of indentation
  • Please limit your submission from 3 to 5 poems
  • Include your entire submission in a single attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf file)
  • E-mail: