Moving forward, IDK will accept submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, hybrid work, and art from writers of all ages and identities. Our goal is to create as inclusive a conversational space as possible, so we'd like to be clear: LGBTQIA+ writers, writers of color, women writers, writers of different abilities, refugee and undocumented writers, and writers old and young, your work is welcome here. When we all tell our stories, the truth can't be denied.
Some other notes:
- Please only submit up to the maximum numbers of pieces for one genre. In other words, if you write both fiction and poetry, please submit in only one of these genres at a time. Also, please only submit once during each reading period.
- Feel free to submit pieces even if you feel they defy genre (or our few categories below) in our "hybrid works" section.
- IDK Magazine accepts simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you please include that information in your cover letter and notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
- We do not accept previously published pieces. (This includes work posted on a personal blog.) Excerpts of longer works-to-be-published will be judged on a case-by-case basis.
- IDK reserves first-publication rights for all accepted pieces, as well as the right to archive and use excerpts of published work on our website and in promotional materials. Once a piece is published with IDK, the author retains subsequent publication rights for reposts or reprints.
Poetry has always existed beyond the page, maybe now more than ever. Fans of the written word also attend public readings, listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos of poets past reading their work, and gather in public spaces for slam poetry ciphers. What is it about voices, loud and clear or soft and full of static, that we connect with so deeply?
IDK isn’t sure, but we’re hoping you might be able to help us out by responding as creatively as you wish to our first-ever themed call for submissions. These can be multimedia (audiovisual or otherwise), collaborative works, spoken word recordings, written responses to your favorite podcasts – the mic is your oyster.
Please do not exceed one single-spaced page of written work or 10 minutes of visual and audio recordings. (If you have longer written work, you can always consider submitting through our standard categories.)
- Fiction: We’re looking for all aesthetics, styles, and subjects, as long as the story adheres to the magazine’s mission. Fiction writers may submit one short story (up to 4,000 words) or up to three flash pieces (750 words or less) per submission.
- Creative nonfiction: We’re open to many forms of CNF, from personal essays to lyric essays to literary journalism, though we prefer that more journalistic pieces be written through a personal lens. Feel free to break the rules and create new, surprising forms. We’ll consider full-length pieces (one per submission, up to 4,000 words) or flash (up to 3 per submission at 750 words or less.)
Please note this category is only open to submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction. Follow the genre guidelines as mentioned in the above categories when submitting work.
Submit up to 5 pieces. High quality scans are preferred, but not mandatory — seriously. Please note that, unlike with our decisions on written submissions, art acceptances will most likely be announced after written work is finalized to ensure aesthetic cohesion (but we'll try to let you know within 3 months of your submission if your work is still under consideration). We may ask for additional pieces at that time.