december is currently open for general submissions and for entries to the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Please read our guidelines carefully!
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biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis) and publishes only original, previously unpublished work.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 15. Entries for the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize are open from Oct. 1-Dec. 15. Entries for the Curt Johnson Prose Awards are open from March 1-May 15.
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.
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.
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.
Please limit your submission to one short story or three very short (each 1,000 words or fewer) stories. This submission portal is for those who are already subscribers. Please use the non-subscriber submission category if you are not already a subscriber. To subscribe, visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.
First place: $1,500
Honorable Mention: $500
All winners and finalists published in Vol. 29.1 (Spring 2018).
Judge is Luis Javier Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles from 2014-16.
Each entry should include no more than three poems; please include all poems in one file.
Entry fee includes a copy of the Awards issue.
AUTHOR NAME OR OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION SHOULD NOT APPEAR IN YOUR TITLE OR ANYWHERE ON YOUR UPLOADED DOCUMENT.
No simultaneous submissions, but we generally respond within six-eight weeks.