If you have questions about the kind of work we accept please read over our Mission and About pages. We are interested in submissions where contributors do not to dull the edges of their art, because the violence of our time is not dull. We ask that artists not spare their readers, because life does not spare us. We assume creative acts as a responsibility to the community, to the powers of imagination, to memory, to story. To be more honest, we must be creatively ruthless.

We especially encourage submissions from marginalized voices, such as Queer, Trans* and Two Spirit writers as well as, Black, Indigenous, Writers of Color and those from the Global South. decomp is committed to centring your voices, please do not self-reject.

[Guidelines]

We invite submissions of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art/media. All submissions should be sent in using our online submittable platform. 

  • For poetry: You can submit up to 3 poems at a time
  • For Prose: 8,000 words maximum. If you write pieces that are under 1,000 words, feel free to submit two.
  • Art/other media: We accept art across all mediums as long as they can be uploaded in JPG, mp3 or mp4 files

We publish three issues a year and submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.

We only accept previously unpublished work and yes, we consider websites, blogs, youtube channels, etc., as previously published.

We readily encourage simultaneous submissions, all we ask is that you notify us when another market accepts your work. If another market accepts one or more of your submissions [congratulations],  please write a note in Submittable instead of withdrawing the whole submission.

Submitters have the option of sending in a 3-4 line biography alongside their work. This is your chance to tell us a bit about yourself and your art. It is by no means a requirement. We ask for this because we want to give writers the ability to bring more of their full selves to the work that they publish. We are interested in you just as much as we are interested in your art. Feel free to include a link to your website and your email address, in the case that your work is accepted we will publish these as well unless you ask us not to.

We are a team made up of students and volunteers who try our best to respond to submissions sorta, kinda fast, while attempting not to fall into capitalism's constant demand for productivity, so give us around 90 days. 

[Payment, Edits, and Legal Matters]

Unfortunately, we cannot offer payment for accepted work at this time even though we really wish we could pay you.

If your work is accepted, it may be subject to minor editing and copyrighted upon publication.

For accepted work to be published, writers agree to automatically grant decomp First North American Serial Rights which means we will have the right to publish your work first, as well as Archival Rights which allows us to keep your work archived online (for-ev-er). Rights revert back to the author upon publication. If a piece of yours is reprinted online or in print, we ask that you please mention it appeared in decomp first.

We won’t ever share or sell your personal information, and we leave it up to you how much or how little of yourself you want to share along with your work.

We are excited to read, admire, and become enamoured with your submissions. Remember,  the creative tools handed down to us, the tools of resistance, have not  been forgotten. They have only undergone decomposition.

Call for Submissions: “Twin Futures: Black Resistance and Indigenous Sovereignty” 

Guest Edited by Lutze Segu

decomp journal is now accepting submissions of Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, and Media/Art for its first themed zine, “Twin Futures: Black Resistance and Indigenous Sovereignty.” Submissions should take up themes of Black and Indigenous futures while rejecting the false binaries and borders between these two formations. 

Indigenous dispossession and chattel slavery are the two engineered atrocities that created the nation-states known as Canada and The United States (Turtle Island). 

Black people who are the descendants of the enslaved in North America live in the afterlife of slavery, as Saidiya Hartman teaches us; Indigenous/Afro-Indigenous peoples are still fighting against ongoing settler colonialism. 

Racial reckonings, bold social justice claims, abolition, repair, decolonization, ideas about defunding the police, failed reconciliation attempts, and protest fill the air. A global pandemic is a prescient time to reimagine what is possible. Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty are inextricably tied. There is no futurity in white supremacy, no sustainable plan for the future. But a future that centers Indigeneity and Blackness is a future where survival on this planet can be made possible. 

This is a call for writers and artists to help imagine, and thus bring about, these futures.

Submissions open September 1, 2020 – December 1, 2020. 

Submit here: https://decompjournal.com/submit

Please send questions to decompmagazine@gmail.com.

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> 8,000 words maximum, though shorter tends to catch our eye.

> If you write pieces that are under 1,000 words, feel free to submit two.

> Do not submit previously published work (yes, we consider Web sites, blogs, etc. as previously published).

>Send us creative non-fiction, memoir, auto-theory, essays, and whatever you feel constitutes "the real."

>8,000 words max, but we prefer shorter pieces.

>previously unpublished work only.

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> Upload up to three poems at a time in a single file. 

> Do not submit previously published work (yes, we consider websites, blogs, etc. as previously published).

Upload digital artworks here of your preferred medium, and we will do our best to open it with the tools at our disposal. We are open to various digital forms and genres (comics, video, images, interactive media, combinations of these with fiction/poetry), but it also doesn't hurt to ask. 

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