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We accept poetry, prose, and art, and aim to publish the best of each genre. We look for subversive and bold voices; thought-provoking pieces that seek to illuminate a truth for the reader. We are proud to publish never published, emerging, and established writers/poets/artists. We enjoy reading and printing both English and Spanish language pieces.

Please do not submit more than two times a year unless the editor requests to see more work.

Note: We prioritize works by people of color. We do not accept work that sustains the traditional white literary Western canon that has continuously ignored and poised itself as an authority over the voices of the oppressed. We do not give a voice to stories from the perspectives of cisgender, heterosexual, white, upper-class males that continue this tradition. We also do not give a voice to feminist works that only consider white female perspectives.

Submission Guidelines


No more than 1-5 poems in one document 


1 short story at 3,000 words maximum


No more than 3-5 pieces in one document (not in separate files)


1 piece at 3,000 words maximum

​Submission Format

Any of the following formats will be accepted (No ZIP files accepted):

  • Text in an email (be aware of poetry formatting)
  • Photo of a handwritten work (must be legible)
  • Microsoft Word doc
  • PDF

Including a short bio (30-50 words) is optional. Social media links accepted. 

Note: In addition to this Submittable service, we also still accept email submissions: submissions@drylandla.org

Issue 10 Deadline

MARCH 4, 2020

Previously Published Work

We no longer accept previously published work.

Response Times

Please expect a response time of 1-3 months. Feel free to check with us after the 3-month mark. We are a volunteer-based journal; your patience is appreciated.

Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please alert us when accepted elsewhere.

Open to submissions for issue 10 as of October 31, 2019.


Thank you DSTL Arts for making this Submittable page possible! Due to the high cost of the service, we would not have been able to make this accessible for our future contributors! Gracias~

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.