december is currently closed for submissions and we are busy reading. Our next submission period opens Oct. 1. Please check back with us in case the date changes! 

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biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis) and publishes only original, previously unpublished work.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

Please upload your literary tattoo images here with your photo release and tattoo description.  You can download a waiver from our website by clicking here Your tattoo must be word based.  Images with out waivers will not be considered. If your image is used in the final publication of Bodies of Words you will receive a free digital copy of the book.
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.