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. IDK Magazine publishes twice annually, once in the summer and once in the winter. I guess you could say we're getting the hang of this.

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. Queer stereotypes. Sing us a song in your mother-tongue. Tell us about your version of today. When we all tell our stories, the truth can't be denied. 

Some other notes:

  • You may not submit in more than one genre per reading period. Please only submit up to the maximum numbers of pieces for one genre. Also, please only submit once during each reading period. 
  • IDK Magazine accepts simultaneous submissions. Please include that information in your cover letter and notify us as soon as possible if a piece is accepted elsewhere. If a piece from a simultaneous submission is accepted elsewhere, you may not submit another piece to be considered in its place until the next open reading period.
  • 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.
  • We are happy that you have chosen to send work to IDK, but any submissions that fail to meet the requirements listed above will be rejected. 
  • 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, and will eventually help cover printing costs for chapbooks and 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:

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