Poetry: Submit 1-5 previously unpublished poems, each poem on it's own page. We are looking to publish all kinds of poetry, but prefer to stay away from clichés.
Flash Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: All prose should be less than 3,000 words and previously unpublished.
Art: This includes illustrations, comics, photography, etc; submit 1-3 previously unpublished pieces. Only one artist will be featured per month. There is no set theme but please consider the vibe of Dead Fern in your submission.
Please only submit to one category at a time and wait to get a response before submitting again. If you have not heard back from us in two months, please send us an inquiry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.
All submissions should be emailed to with your name and genre in the subject line. Please incorporate all works into a single document- it should be submitted as a .docx, .doc, or .pdf. For artwork, you may send a .png or other file that best showcases your submission. Include a short, 3rd person bio in either your email or document.
At this time we are unable to provide monetary compensation for your work.
If a piece that is accepted through us is published elsewhere in the future, (either in a collection, another journal, or elsewhere) we ask that you acknowledge Dead Fern Press in your publication.
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Submission periods are January-March, May-July, September-November. We publish work bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Give us your dirt and grit, but if you send racist, homophobic, or sexist work, you will be banned from our publication.