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biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis) and publishes only original, previously unpublished work.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



Ends on May 15, 2018$2.50
$2.50
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.
Ends on May 15, 2018$2.50
$2.50

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.

Ends on May 15, 2018$2.50
$2.50

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.

Ends on May 15, 2018
Please limit each submission to no more than five poems. Please combine all of your poems into one document if possible. This submission portal is for those who are already subscribers. Please use the non-subscriber submission portal if you are not already a subscriber. To subscribe, visit our website at www.decembermag.org/subscribe.
Ends on May 15, 2018

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.

Ends on May 15, 2018
Please limit each submission to one essay, memoir, or other work of creative non-fiction. 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
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 http://decembermag.org/bodies-of-words/. 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.
$2.50
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.
Ends on December 16, 2017$20.00
$20.00
Submit your work to the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize.  
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.