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Closed to general submissions for Dryland. We will reopen January 30, 2021.
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 before published, emerging, and established writers/poets/artists. We enjoy reading and printing both English and Spanish language pieces. We publish once a year.


Please do not submit more than once per submission period unless the editor requests to see more work. Also note that you cannot be published twice in a row (unless it’s nonfiction).​

Note: We prioritize works by Black, Brown, and people of color artists, writers, and poets.

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.


POETRY:No more than 1-5 poems in one document (not in separate files)

FICTION: 1 short story at 3,000 words maximum​

FLASH FICTION: No more than 3-5 pieces in one document (not in separate files)​

NONFICTION: 1 piece at 3,000 words maximum​

Submission Format: Please include the following in the subject header: “Full Name” and “Submission Type.”


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

Where to submit: via Submittable or send to: submissions@drylandla.org


Issue 11 Deadline: Open to submissions January 30, 2021

Deadline: April 20, 2021

Previously Published Work We do not accept previously published work.

Publishing Rights Acceptance grants us non-exclusive North American Serial Rights in print and digital format. This means we do not own anyone’s work, therefore the author may republish the work elsewhere after publication.


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.


Payment: Contributors receive a digital copy of the issue. Only contributors in the Los Angeles area receive a print copy.


Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please alert us when accepted elsewhere.


Call for Critical Essays:

We are looking for essays grounded on relevant topics and discussions in the arts, culture, and/or politics. Critics can engage in all varieties of the practice whether it is constructive, aesthetic, positive, or negative criticism. Accepted pieces will be published on our website and in Issue 11. 

Send your pitches (one to three paragraphs) to viva@drylandla.org

Note: standard non-fiction, fiction, and/or poetry submissions for Issue 11 are separate. Please make sure you send your submissions to the correct email address.

Word Limit: 1,500 to 3,000 words. 

Deadline: March 1st, 2021

Payment: $300 USD


HOMBRE LOBO:

Are you a Xicanx? Have you ever had a supernatural experience? Share your spooky story with us for our Hombre Lobo book series. We are currently working on our second collection of stories coming out in February 2021.

Word Limit: 1,500 words max. 

Click here for the submission form


Submissions for El Blog 

Got a Book Review you’d like to share? A Q&A with a writer people should know about? Send us your pitches! We are always looking for captivating features to post in El Blog. Read through some of the features on our website so you can get a sense of what we look to publish.

Send your pitches to viva@drylandla.org