Duende will be open for submission for our Food Issue until July 1. 

We will remain open year-long for submissions of Visual Art. 


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.

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)   We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. 

8)    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!

THE FOOD ISSUE: from Nourishment to New Regimes 

Charles Simic in his essay, Food and Happiness, claims that “an obsession with food is the best proof we have of the existence of the soul.” We here at Duende agree, recognizing that the food that makes us who we are has a rich and complex history, an emotional weight and cultural heritage. We recognize, too, that food and access to food is complicated and often problematic. Food passes through a variety of hands and systems as it moves from farm to our plate. 

We’re looking for pieces around the theme of “FOOD,” which may include pieces centering on food as who we are, food justice, food systems, the sensuality that is eating, mental health issues around food and eating, cultural importance of food and food rituals, a love/hate relationship with food, how food triggers our good and bad habits, that which brings us together, food as desire, fête, communion/community…to name just a few ways of speaking to the theme.

For this issue, we are particularly interested in those voices that often go unheard in the food and restaurant industry. To that end, we welcome submissions in both English and Spanish. If submitting in Spanish, please include a translation of some kind to help our editors.

We will remain open for submissions for the issue until July 1st. Work sent will be considered for either the issue or for our Monthly Spotlight features. We decide where your work will fit best. 

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For the first time, Duende will accept sound pieces. We are looking for pieces that directly engage with our theme in some way. We'd love to hear some textual experiments. We are not likely to accept typical musical songs. Submit up to 3 pieces/files. 

THE FOOD ISSUE: from Nourishment to New Regimes 

Charles Simic in his essay, Food and Happiness, claims that “an obsession with food is the best proof we have of the existence of the soul.” We here at Duende agree, recognizing that the food that makes us who we are has a rich and complex history, an emotional weight and cultural heritage. We recognize, too, that food and access to food is complicated and often problematic. Food passes through a variety of hands and systems as it moves from farm to our plate. 

We’re looking for pieces around the theme of “FOOD,” which may include pieces centering on food as who we are, food justice, food systems, the sensuality that is eating, mental health issues around food and eating, cultural importance of food and food rituals, a love/hate relationship with food, how food triggers our good and bad habits, that which brings us together, food as desire, fête, communion/community…to name just a few ways of speaking to the theme.

For this issue, we are particularly interested in those voices that often go unheard in the food and restaurant industry. To that end, we welcome submissions in both English and Spanish. If submitting in Spanish, please include a translation of some kind to help our editors.

We will remain open for submissions for the issue until July 1st. Work sent will be considered for either the issue or for our Monthly Spotlight features. We decide where your work will fit best. 

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Send hybrid piece(s), up to 10 pages. 

THE FOOD ISSUE: from Nourishment to New Regimes 

Charles Simic in his essay, Food and Happiness, claims that “an obsession with food is the best proof we have of the existence of the soul.” We here at Duende agree, recognizing that the food that makes us who we are has a rich and complex history, an emotional weight and cultural heritage. We recognize, too, that food and access to food is complicated and often problematic. Food passes through a variety of hands and systems as it moves from farm to our plate. 

We’re looking for pieces around the theme of “FOOD,” which may include pieces centering on food as who we are, food justice, food systems, the sensuality that is eating, mental health issues around food and eating, cultural importance of food and food rituals, a love/hate relationship with food, how food triggers our good and bad habits, that which brings us together, food as desire, fête, communion/community…to name just a few ways of speaking to the theme.

For this issue, we are particularly interested in those voices that often go unheard in the food and restaurant industry. To that end, we welcome submissions in both English and Spanish. If submitting in Spanish, please include a translation of some kind to help our editors.

We will remain open for submissions for the issue until July 1st. Work sent will be considered for either the issue or for our Monthly Spotlight features. We decide where your work will fit best. 

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Send one story, up to 7,500 words. 

THE FOOD ISSUE: from Nourishment to New Regimes 

Charles Simic in his essay, Food and Happiness, claims that “an obsession with food is the best proof we have of the existence of the soul.” We here at Duende agree, recognizing that the food that makes us who we are has a rich and complex history, an emotional weight and cultural heritage. We recognize, too, that food and access to food is complicated and often problematic. Food passes through a variety of hands and systems as it moves from farm to our plate. 

We’re looking for pieces around the theme of “FOOD,” which may include pieces centering on food as who we are, food justice, food systems, the sensuality that is eating, mental health issues around food and eating, cultural importance of food and food rituals, a love/hate relationship with food, how food triggers our good and bad habits, that which brings us together, food as desire, fête, communion/community…to name just a few ways of speaking to the theme.

For this issue, we are particularly interested in those voices that often go unheard in the food and restaurant industry. To that end, we welcome submissions in both English and Spanish. If submitting in Spanish, please include a translation of some kind to help our editors.

We will remain open for submissions for the issue until July 1st. Work sent will be considered for either the issue or for our Monthly Spotlight features. We decide where your work will fit best. 

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Send a nonfiction piece up to 7,500 words.

THE FOOD ISSUE: from Nourishment to New Regimes 

Charles Simic in his essay, Food and Happiness, claims that “an obsession with food is the best proof we have of the existence of the soul.” We here at Duende agree, recognizing that the food that makes us who we are has a rich and complex history, an emotional weight and cultural heritage. We recognize, too, that food and access to food is complicated and often problematic. Food passes through a variety of hands and systems as it moves from farm to our plate. 

We’re looking for pieces around the theme of “FOOD,” which may include pieces centering on food as who we are, food justice, food systems, the sensuality that is eating, mental health issues around food and eating, cultural importance of food and food rituals, a love/hate relationship with food, how food triggers our good and bad habits, that which brings us together, food as desire, fête, communion/community…to name just a few ways of speaking to the theme.

For this issue, we are particularly interested in those voices that often go unheard in the food and restaurant industry. To that end, we welcome submissions in both English and Spanish. If submitting in Spanish, please include a translation of some kind to help our editors.

We will remain open for submissions for the issue until July 1st. Work sent will be considered for either the issue or for our Monthly Spotlight features. We decide where your work will fit best. 


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Send up to 5 poems as one file. 

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: jpg, png.

***Please submit only Visual Art pieces to this category.  Any poetry or prose submitted here will not be considered or responded to. 
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