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submission guidelines

Please read our guidelines plus FAQ's very carefully and scroll all the way down before proceeding to our Submittable page's meow meow button below. Watch our pawsome video as well covering the guidelines on our submissions bucket page. We do typically extend deadlines if we do not hit our open window caps.  We DO NOT accept submissions via e-mail for our designated sub-section and only use Submittable. We do permit simultaneous submissions.



How many times can I submit?

Unlimited now per year unless specified by the editor and only initial 1st time submissions are free over about 80% of subcategories except for our feedback option and chapbooks. Send your best, experimental or even declined writes too! Have fun!  You can submit unthemed writes to the general bucket too which allows up to three poems whereas other categories and challenges require only one poem for review at a time. Note: We do not consider social media shares as previously published at this time, however , it mustn't be poetry that has already been featured through a non-personal channel e.g. another community hub account or literary publication one.  

When will I hear back and do you charge reader fees?

We may close this depending on the number of submissions received at any time and hope to establish a regular submission schedule in the future.  Our turnaround time varies for review and we do our best to respond sometimes at least within 3-4 months currently due to life events. Anything outside of this time or 60-120 max days, assume it was not accepted in the rare event that you don't see a message from us, however, we do send acceptance and rejection or decision letters back to everyone though via Submittable but sometimes messages are missed or end up elsewhere so always check your Submittable sub status box and account directly too to see the progress status. Do inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere.  2nd time or more submissions for certain categories as specified on our Submittable forms incur a $5-8 cost, the $20+ audio feedback fees are non-refundable. Photos and art incur no sub fees. At times we enable our expedited TOMORROW PEOPLE ticket review option where you''ll receive a SPEEDRACER decision within 5-7 days from our editor. 

What else should I include?

Your preferred publication name, your social media handles Twitter, Instagram, and a photograph (this photo should be one you’ve taken such as a selfie) to accompany your poem or feature in the magazine. If you’re the author of a poetry book or collections, do share.  Going forwards please keep identifying information off of your document name and work content as we try to align with blind reading practices or it will be declined. There are some submission types such as interviews and spoken word which are not blind reads of course. We only ask for a photo after acceptance and its optional. If you don’t wish to provide a photo of yourself, then a photo of a pet, shoes, a fave thing in nature or some other personal fun photo would suffice too. 2-3 photos to choose from. We typically only put photos in print issues, but VFORROW will sometimes integrate them at times

Please keep it PG-13. Images and poetry that promote violence or may appear to be attacking in nature shall not be accepted. 

Provide a 5-8 sentence bio, ideally 5 sentences.

What about publication rights?

 You retain rights to your work and we just ask that you mention or credit Dipity Literary Magazine as the first publication place in any future reshares.

Do you pay writers and how can I support further?

 At this time we cannot pay writers, but would love to work towards doing so in the future. We award in some challenges such as the Symphonic $50 for our favorite accepted poem in a round. For our single spoken word releases on our new upcoming music streaming release channels, we do not pay royalty checks out and you agree that any streams royalties go towards helping keeping dipity operations up and running. Royalties sadly are pretty minimal nowadays since distributors take most away from artists that's why we offer publication as a form of payment and facilitate donation button options akin to fellow small presses for some categories such as chapbooks. Again you retain 100% ownership of your words and work though always that is absolutely important. You can also donate at the bottom of our site to help support dipity's future growth goals. All fees and issue purchases help with alleviating maintenance costs as well.

Where can I purchase print versions of the magazine?

We use a company similar to MagCloud. We distribute our physical print issues to Amazon, Barnes & Noble. Abes Books, Thriftbooks,, and a few other major online bookstores.  We cannot mail deliver a physical  magazine copy to all contributors at this time either, but you may order additional copies online via bookstores or through our site shop as a digital version. We also give a discounted link to contributors, previews upon request, and discount codes. Additionally, Dipity Literary Magazine with your permission may choose to publish writes online only under the featured web archival online features tank section instead if not selected for print. All online publications are eligible to be placed potentially in print one day and we'll inform you if that's ever done.

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