december is now open for general submissions and we are now accepting entries for the Curt Johnson Prose Awards. Judges are Roxane Gay (nonfiction) and Lily King (fiction).

december publishes exceptional, thought-provoking poetry, prose, and art.

december invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (essays, memoirs, biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis) and publishes only original, previously unpublished work. Self-publication and work that appears online are considered to have been published. 

We do not accept simultaneous submissions, but we generally provide a response within six weeks. See website for detailed submission guidelines.  We look forward to reading your work.

We read general submissions from Oct. 1-May 1. Entries for the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize are open from Oct. 1-Dec. 1. Entries for the Curt Johnson Prose Awards are open from March 1-May 1. 

We do not charge a "reading fee" but there is a Submittable transmission fee for non-subscribers. This fee only partially covers our cost to use Submittable. The fee is waived for subscribers. To subscribe, please visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.



Submit your work to the Curt Johnson Prose Award for FICTION. $1,500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for First Place; $500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for honorable mention. 

Judge is LILY KING. 

Each entry should include one story, 8,000 words maximum. 

AUTHOR NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR IN THE NAME OF YOUR UPLOADED DOCUMENT OR THE TITLE OF YOUR SUBMISSION. IDENTIFYING INFORMATION SHOULD ONLY APPEAR WITHIN THE TEXT OF YOUR COVER LETTER.  

Submit your work to the Curt Johnson Prose Award for NONFICTION. $1,500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for First Place; $500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for honorable mention. 

Judge is ROXANE GAY. 

Each entry should include one story, 8,000 words maximum. 

Please do not enter work that is under consideration elsewhere. We will let you know the status of your entry as quickly as possible and no later than June 1, 2017.

AUTHOR NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR IN THE NAME OF YOUR UPLOADED DOCUMENT OR THE TITLE OF YOUR SUBMISSION. IDENTIFYING INFORMATION SHOULD ONLY APPEAR WITHIN THE TEXT OF YOUR COVER LETTER.  

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Please limit each submission to no more than five poems. Please combine all of your poems into one document if possible. To subscribe and waive the submission fee, visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.
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Please limit your submission to one short story or three very short (each 1,000 words or fewer) stories.To subscribe and waive the submission fee, visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.

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Please limit each submission to one essay, memoir, or other work of creative non-fiction. To subscribe and waive the submission fee, visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.

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Please limit each submission to no more than five poems. Please combine all of your poems into one document if possible. Please use the non-subscriber submission category if you are not already a subscriber. To subscribe, visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.
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Please limit your submission to one short story or three very short (each 1,000 words or fewer) stories.  Please use the non-subscriber submission category if you are not already a subscriber. To subscribe, visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.

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Please limit each submission to one essay, memoir, or other work of creative non-fiction. Please use the non-subscriber submission category if you are not already a subscriber. To subscribe, visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe
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We look forward to considering your artwork for publication in a future issue of december. Please send pdf or jpeg images. Low-resolution is acceptable for submission purposes, but high-res images must be available upon acceptance. We do not accept images of visual art that have been previously published, either in print or online.