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december magazine

Literary Magazine

Fiction

Flash Fiction

Nonfiction

Flash Nonfiction

Poetry

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december magazine latest issue

A literary legacy since 1958 - an independent nonprofit literary magazine nurturing writers and artists at every stage of their careers.

Highlights

  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    6-10 weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:
    10% *
    Editor reported data

Pays$40-$200

Find more details in the Genres section

Fee$3

Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes - 2 copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental, Fairy Tales & Folklore, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Speculative, wtf idk

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $40-200

Submissions should include no more than one story or essay. Flash/very short fiction or nonfiction (max. 1,000 words each) will be considered in a group of no more than three.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Speculative, wtf idk

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $40-200

Nonfiction

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $40-200

Nonfiction

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $40-200

Submissions should include no more than one story or essay. Flash/very short fiction or nonfiction (max. 1,000 words each) will be considered in a group of no more than three. Creative non-fiction (essays, memoirs, biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis)

Poetry

Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $40-200

Translation

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $40-200

No specific limitations

Art

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $40-200

Art submissions may be low-resolution images for evaluation, but artists must be able to supply high-res images for publication.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Submittable

  • Cover letter

    In the cover letter portion of Submittable, please include your name, address, phone number and email. Please indicate which genre your submissions belongs in and the title(s) of your work.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We do not have any specific requirements for this.

  • Author's rights

    First North American Serial Rights (FNASR)

  • Additional info

    Please do not submit more than once per genre per submission period. Additional submittable submissions will be held until the subsequent period. december is published twice a year in print. Our Spring/Summer issue launches in May and our Fall/Winter issue launches in November. We pay our contributors! If your work is accepted, payment includes two contributor copies of the issue in which the author’s work appears and $10.00 per page with a minimum of $40.00 and a maximum of $200.00.

Tracker statistics

34

Total submissions tracked

64 days

Average response time

6.25%

Average acceptance rate

27 days

Fastest response time

111 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 1897 days, 1667 days

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About

december magazine was founded in Iowa City in 1958 by a group of poets, writers, and artists who declared, “We are humanists…far more concerned with people than dogmatic critical or aesthetic attitudes.” december was a pioneer in the “little” magazine and small press movement, publishing cutting-edg...

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Founded

1958

Country

US

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    Editor Isabelle Stillman avatar

    Isabelle Stillman

    Editor-in-Chief

    Editor Jennifer Goldring avatar

    Jennifer Goldring

    Managing Editor