GENERAL SUBMISSIONS

Please submit prose and poetry through our submissions manager. We cannot accept email submissions.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If you must withdraw a piece of fiction, nonfiction, or graphic fiction, please do so by logging into your Submittable account and withdrawing the piece. In the case of poetry submissions of more than one poem, please notify us immediately by adding a note to your submission on Submittable.


Please limit your submissions to two per calendar year. We do not accept previously published material.

For full genre-specific guidelines, please see the categories below, or visit our submit page.


QUESTIONS

To contact the Devil's Lake staff, send us an email at devilslake.editor@gmail.com.

Submit between three and five poems. Please use standard font and formatting (single-spaced is preferred unless it's a stylistic choice). Please include your entire submission in one file, and be sure your name and contact information are included on each page.

Send only one submission at a time, and wait for a response before you submit additional work.

If you must withdraw a piece from your poetry submission, please notify us immediately by adding a note to your submission on Submittable.

All nonfiction should be double-spaced, in standard formatting and font. In the interest of publishing work best suited to an online format, we are asking for prose pieces no longer than 4,500 words. In this vein, we are also very interested in flash fiction, short shorts, collaborative pieces, and work that would not be possible on the printed page.

Please include your entire submission in one file, and be sure your name and contact information are included on each page. All work should be uploaded through our submissions manager. Send one submission at a time, and wait for a response before you submit additional work.

All fiction should be double-spaced, in standard formatting and font. In the interest of publishing work best suited to an online format, we are asking for prose pieces no longer than 4,500 words. In this vein, we are also very interested in flash fiction, short shorts, collaborative pieces, and work that would not be possible on the printed page.


Please include your entire submission in one file, and be sure your name and contact information are included on each page. All work should be uploaded through our submissions manager. Send one submission at a time, and wait for a response before you submit additional work.

Paintings, drawings, photographs,  and digital art are all accepted, as are submissions that combine text and visuals. Pieces whose focus is narrative will receive special attention. We define narrative pieces as those that are not merely aesthetic but which express a story. For one piece this story may be journalistic, another may be a diary comic, a third might be a series of images which together present a larger concept. Surprise us!

We will accept up to 5 submissions from one artist at a time. A series, or a comic, counts as a single submission. No series or comic should be longer than 15 pages. Images should be 300dpi and saved as either .jpeg or .pdf files.  

Ends on October 31, 2016$ 15.00
$ 15.00

Devil’s Lake is now accepting online entries for our annual Driftless Prize in Poetry and Fiction. 


The deadline is October 31, 2016 at 11:59pm CST. The winners will be announced in November 2016, and will receive $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2017 issue. Entry fee: $15. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake.


The 2016 judges will be Eduardo Corral (poetry) and Kirstin Valdez Quade (fiction).

Best of luck! We look forward to reading your work.


Submissions


Entries should include two poems totaling five pages or fewer (for poetry) or stories that are no longer than 4,500 words (prose). One entry is defined as one short story or two poems; you may submit up to two entries, but you must submit them separately and pay an entry fee for both.


All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are immediately notified if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.


Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript itself, but only in the “cover letter” box, as all submissions will be read blind.


We are only accepting online entries through Submittable. Please make sure that your account includes a working e-mail address—it’s the only way for us to contact you! Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds for submissions.


Eligibility


The following people are ineligible for entry:

• Current or previous Devil's Lake staff

• Writers who have been published in Devil's Lake within the past two years

• Close personal friends or family of the Devil's Lake staff 


About the Judge

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning (Yale University Press, 2012), which was chosen by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He is the recipient of a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He lives in New York.

Ends on October 31, 2016$ 15.00
$ 15.00

Devil’s Lake is now accepting online entries for our annual Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry. 


The deadline is October 31, 2016 at 11:59pm CST. The winners will be announced in November 2016, and will receive $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2017 issue. Entry fee: $15. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake.


The 2016 judges will be Kirstin Valdez Quade (fiction) and Eduardo C. Corral (poetry).

Best of luck! We look forward to reading your work.


Submissions


Entries should include two poems totaling five pages or fewer (for poetry) or stories that are no longer than 4,500 words (prose). One entry is defined as one short story or two poems; you may submit up to two entries, but you must submit them separately and pay an entry fee for both.


All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are immediately notified if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.


Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript itself, but only in the “cover letter” box, as all submissions will be read blind.


We are only accepting online entries through Submittable. Please make sure that your account includes a working e-mail address—it’s the only way for us to contact you! Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds for submissions.


Eligibility


The following people are ineligible for entry:

• Current or previous Devil's Lake staff

• Writers who have been published in Devil's Lake within the past two years

• Close personal friends or family of the Devil's Lake staff 


About the Judge

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which received the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. It was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Kirstin is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerNarrative, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, and Willapa Bay AiR, as well as a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she also taught as a Jones Lecturer. She’s been on the faculty in the M.F.A. programs at University of Michigan and Warren Wilson. She is an assistant professor at Princeton University.