IDK Magazine

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

IDK Magazine wonders what it means to be a writer in today's America. Since our inaugural issue in 2014, we've had a focus on publishing emerging and Millennial writers — but we know that the breadth of writers responding to contemporary issues expands far past any one generation.

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.
As writers who submit work ourselves, we know how it feels to wait for an editor’s response. The IDK staff pledges to do its best to respond to all submissions within three months’ time (or three weeks' time for Tip Jar submissions — these help us defray website and Submittable fees, cover printing costs for chapbooks, and will eventually allow us to pay our writers and artists). If you have not received a response by three months from your submission date, feel free to follow up with us via e-mail: