We are looking for original, unpublished fiction and poetry with strong character arcs and immersive description. Build worlds and break hearts.  

For essays, we're looking for factual, but not academic--keep the people in your story front and center. 

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere. 

If we have rejected your work, please wait 90 days before submitting again, unless we request you to send us another piece for consideration. 

We will not respond to any work sent to our email inbox. If you are having issues with Submittable, please let us know, but do not attach your work. 

We do not accept multiple submissions in any category. 

We will try to get back to you on your submission within three months. If you have not heard from us in 90 days, you may follow up on the status of your submission with an email to 

 Please note that we do not publish content with footnotes.

Please do not send us abusive content.  It does not end well for anyone involved.


When you think of horror, I am sure you think of things like Halloween, horror movies, and ghostly apparitions.

But here at Drunk Monkeys, we think of those things and more. We think of academia, family dinners, holidays, the gym, the government, and Gwenyth Paltrow's latest new age fad. We would like to think our view of horror is all-encompassing.

And we refuse to let October's slimy grasp usurp horror for its own 31-day reign of terror. November has a right to spooky stuff!

For this issue, send us whatever you have that is related to the theme of "horror". You can interpret it as you wish, but keep in mind that our editors need to see a clear connection between the theme and your writing. 


1. Label your submission like this: GENRE: TITLE. So, for example: POETRY: A POEM ABOUT PINHEAD or ESSAY: MY DRUNK UNCLE EATS THE ENTIRE THANKSGIVING TURKEY.  Any submission not sent to us this way will be rejected immediately. 

2. I know I don't have to tell you that gratuitous violence, gore, rape, and abuse will be declined and your name will forever haunt our halls as someone who does not take our mission statement seriously.

3. Can we avoid Trump? I'd love to avoid Trump.

Beyond that, same guidelines as always.

Happy haunting!

Stories longer than 4,000 words are eligible for publication as featured weekend reads.  

There is a 10,000 word limit on this category. 

Please remove hard returns and double spaces after periods from your document, and remove indentations from the beginnings of your paragraphs. 

Please note that we do not publish content with footnotes.

Please do not send us abusive content.

Short stories can be on any subject, but we prefer that they contain a clear beginning, middle, and end. 


Please note that we do not publish content with footnotes.

Please do not send us abusive content.  

Flash stories should be no longer than 1,500 words, but should contain a complete story arc.

If your story is over 1,500 words, please submit to Fiction (under 4,000 words). 

Stories under 1,000 words will not be considered


Please note that we do not publish content with footnotes.

Please do not send us abusive content.  

Tired of long wait times? Tired of refreshing Submittable, hoping to see "In-Progress" turn into "Acceptance"? 

For a $3.00 fee, our editorial staff will consider and respond with either an acceptance or rejection within 24 hours of receipt of your submission. 

For fiction, there is a strict word limit of 3,000 words. 
For poetry, please send only one poem at a time for consideration. 
For non-fiction, please send full articles only, no queries (word limit 5,000) 

If your work is rejected, we will give you a brief one-to-two sentence personalized feedback response. 

Essays can be submitted either as a finished work or as a query. Queries should be sent through Submittable, inside a document. Do not send queries to our email address. We will not respond to email queries. There is a 6,000 word limit on this category.

We are currently seeking film essays for our online issues. Essays should be at least 1,000 words long, and no longer than 5,000 words

If you have an essay of longer than 5,000 words, please query in the space provided. 

We are currently seeking Music Essays for the upcoming issues of our online magazine. Essays should be at least 1,000 words long, and no longer than 5,000 words

If you have an idea for an essay or retrospective series over 6,000 words long, please query first. 

We will also consider Musical Performance Videos to run on our site or share on our social media pages. 

Drunk Monkeys