THE BRASS TACKS:

1)   We accept only these file formats for writing: doc, docx, and pdf. And for images: jpg or png. If you are concerned about formatting changes when your files are opened on different computers, please submit PDFs only.

2)   We ask you to send work in only one genre—considering “hybrid work” to be its own genre—per submission. Please place your submission into one file. (That is to say, if you are submitting five poems, then send them all in one document. If you are sending two poems and one short story, please submit twice, once in each genre. If you are submitting translations of three short stories, please place both the short stories and the original texts in one file. Label clearly, in English, the source texts.

3)   All submissions must be made via Submittable, no exceptions. We do accept simultaneous submissions. However, kindly drop us a message if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please message us directly in submittable, as opposed to emailing us. 

4)   We only accept work during our submissions windows. We will open again for submissions in May for our EXODUS issue. 

5)   Please let us know why you have chosen to submit to Duende—we are delighted to make new friends—and how you heard about us. Please include a short bio, but know that, for us, it’s all about the writing.

6)   Submitting to Duende is free. We are grateful for the opportunity to review your work. We do not pay writers or artists for their work.

7)    Duende is a group of full-time undergraduate students, all volunteers, who live all over the United States. Our academic schedule is non-traditional and we meet face-to-face only once during each semester. Please be patient with us. We might need up to six months to reply to your submission. If you haven’t heard from us in six months, please feel free to drop us an email and check in. Thank you!

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Duende seeks poetry, prose, hybrid work, and visual art from the hearts and minds of those who are displaced; those without a home or those who have lost one; those who are crossing borders both tangible and not; those who are immigrant, refugee, first generation, or emigrant; those who are homesick; those who haven’t looked back.

Duende welcomes all forms: sonnets to prose poems, sestinas to surrealist. If your poetry fits a particular style or form, great. If it doesn’t, also great. Make us weep. Make us hysterical. Make us walk the earth in different shoes. To paraphrase Federico García Lorca, we seek poems that “bring the poet face-to-face with death.” Poems that enlighten, challenge, innovate, or tell stories—we’re interested in all of it. 

Please submit no more than five poems in a single document, 12 point standard font. 

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Duende seeks poetry, prose, hybrid work, and visual art from the hearts and minds of those who are displaced; those without a home or those who have lost one; those who are crossing borders both tangible and not; those who are immigrant, refugee, first generation, or emigrant; those who are homesick; those who haven’t looked back.

Duende wants true stories—that engage, move, challenge, thrill. We seek weird stories that make us feel less alone. Be earnest, be complicated, be honest. 

We consider prose no more than 7,500 wordsdouble-spaced in 12 point standard font.

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Duende seeks poetry, prose, hybrid work, and visual art from the hearts and minds of those who are displaced; those without a home or those who have lost one; those who are crossing borders both tangible and not; those who are immigrant, refugee, first generation, or emigrant; those who are homesick; those who haven’t looked back.

We seek character-driven stories where things happen and people change. We seek stories with heart, that make us both laugh and cry. Be earnest, be complicated, be imaginative. 

We consider prose no more than 7,500 words, double-spaced in 12 point standard font.

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Duende seeks poetry, prose, hybrid work, and visual art from the hearts and minds of those who are displaced; those without a home or those who have lost one; those who are crossing borders both tangible and not; those who are immigrant, refugee, first generation, or emigrant; those who are homesick; those who haven’t looked back.

Duende wants stories—whether real or imagined, or somewhere in between—that balance on that beautiful line between poetry and prose--both at once. Be earnest, be complicated, be uncategorizable.

While we’re interested in writing that lies somewhat outside the realist vein, we seek work that situates itself first and foremost as literary. We consider hybrid work of no more than 2,500 words, standard font.

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Duende seeks poetry, prose, hybrid work, and visual art from the hearts and minds of those who are displaced; those without a home or those who have lost one; those who are crossing borders both tangible and not; those who are immigrant, refugee, first generation, or emigrant; those who are homesick; those who haven’t looked back.

Please include the source language text and confirm that you have the author’s permission to translate and publish the text in English. Please place both the short stories and the original source texts in one file. Label clearly, in English, the source texts. Send no more than five translations at one time in a single document. In your cover letter, please note the genre of the work: poetry, nonfiction, fiction, or hybrid work. The total length of submission must be less than 7,500 words.

Duende, at its core, is the expression of soul, inspiration, and passion through the arts. We want our online journal to reflect that and be filled with a variety of colors, textures, media, and techniques. We want art that reflects the human experience, that strikes like lightning. We eagerly await your creative expression.

Until further notice, this category is open/judged on a rolling basis. We accept files in these formats: jpgpdfpng.