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How to submit your work

 

Use our Submissions Manager  

Spend a few minutes reviewing our guidelines below. Then when you are ready, visit out Submissions Manager page to create a submission account and upload your work. Don’t forget to include your bio in the “Comments” box! 

 

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 Please note that we only accept original, previously unpublished submissions.

 

Genre-specific guidelines

 
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  • We do not publish research articles; however, we consider for publication essays that include research, as long as this research is connected to a personal narrative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
 
Fiction guidelines

Editor: Julie Wilkerson

  • Submit short fiction of 3,000-4,000 words (no novel excerpts please)
  • Submissions accepted on a rolling basis
 
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
 
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
  • Upload your submission as a Word doc, 12-pt Arial font, double-spaced

 

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