Submissions

THE MAGAZINE

*All Okay Donkey Magazine submissions are temporarily CLOSED until June 1, 2021.*

We publish one new poem every Monday and one new flash fiction every Friday. Please send us either one poem OR one flash fiction per author. We do not publish flash nonfiction.

Our usual turnaround time of 30 days has now been extended to 60 days due to a large increase in the volume of submissions. If you haven’t heard from us in 60 days, feel free to follow up.

POETRY

  • Send us one poem per submission.
  • Use 12-point, Times New Roman font, and single space (except for form poems).
  • While there are no strict word limits for poetry, we tend to like pieces that fit on one page.

FLASH FICTION

  • Send us one flash fiction (up to 1,500 words) per submission.
  • Use 12-point, Times New Roman font, and double space your submissions.

SUBMISSION EMAIL CHECKLIST 

  • Subject: POETRY or FICTION: TITLE by YOUR NAME.
  • Attach your piece, preferably as a .docx (.pdfs and .docs are also okay).
  • Include a brief cover letter and a short third-person bio.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT SUBMISSIONS

We do not read blind, or publish anonymous work. This enables us to publish authors from many diverse backgrounds, and do our best to uplift marginalized voices. We do however respect our authors’ right to privacy and publish works under a pen name.

If we pass on an author’s flash or poem, please wait at least one month before submitting again. If we accept a flash or poem, please wait at least six months before submitting again. We like to give everyone a fair shake.

We like to read both literary and genre-bending work, but please no gratuitous sex or violence. Also, no racism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or xenophobia.

Okay Donkey acquires First Electronic Rights and Non-exclusive Archival Rights. All other rights remain with the author. If you reprint your piece in a book or anthology, all we ask is that you mention it appeared here first.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but we do not accept multiple submissions. If you send us one piece, please wait until after our response and the one month waiting period to send us another. We also don’t accept any previously published pieces.

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to pay our magazine contributors in anything other than gratitude and promotion, such as a hee-haw from our donkey on the Twitters.

THE PRESS

SUBMISSIONS TO THE PRESS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Our OKD Press authors receive 30% of the net profits from the sales of their book in royalties, as well as 20 author copies upon release. In return, OKD is granted the sole right to publish and distribute the author’s book in English worldwide. The author retains the copyright to their work, as well as audiobook and translation rights.