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The Deadlands

Literary Magazine




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A monthly speculative fiction magazine. We publish short stories, poems, and essays about the other realms, of the ends we face here, and the beginnings we find elsewhere.

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  • Response time:
    2-6 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    10 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Pays$0.1 per word

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  • 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

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor 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 - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ 0.1 per word

The Deadlands exists in liminal spaces between life, death, and elsewhere. We are looking for fiction that concerns itself with death—but also everything death may involve.

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 4000

Payment: $ 0.1 per word

The Deadlands wants critical, academic, and personal essays from everywhere and from everyone. We have likely reached our current limit of pieces having to deal with cemeteries, and would rather see work exploring other aspects of death, including but not limited to Death cards in tarot decks, mourning clothing from specific cultures, memento mori, death/mourning jewelry, funeral rites, and the like.


Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 0.1 per word

No length limit. We are seeking speculative poetry in all its diverse permutations. We are as interested in the dead as we are in grief, hauntings, and history. The sublime is as much a part of The Deadlands as the uncanny. We welcome both formal and experimental poetry.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Active on social media Accept previously published: "The Deadlands will consider reprints, up to 5000 words, 1¢/word. Please note that the story is a reprint when submitting, and please list the market where it originally appeared. Stories that originally appeared on your Patreon would be considered reprints. We are much more interested in older stories, rather than those that have appeared in recent years" Pays! 10¢/word for original fiction, up to 5000 words 1¢/word for reprints, up to 5000 words $50/poem $100/essay Don't accept simultaneous submissions

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

10 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

1 days

Fastest response time

35 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 59 days, 88 days, 64 days, 51 days, 67 days

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12-month average acceptance rate

10 days

12-month average response time

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