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The Deadbeat Poets Zine

Being different doesn't mean being "exclusive." Deadbeat Poets Society encourages those who choose to send their work to us and we appreciate their courage. Be sure to check the zine you want to submit to and the theme. 

Disclaimer: The work featured in our zines can be potentially triggering or not appropriate for younger readers. Issues will specifically list if the material is open to all ages.

If you are interested in showcasing your work, check our events for opportunities. Please review our FAQ for sending us your work. Using our form or emailing us confirms you have read this for submission. Feel free to ask any questions prior to submission.

-- No submission fee to send us your work

- Themes are unique and there are a variety to choose from for an entire year

- Your work gets featured with the respect it deserves upon review if accepted. 

- If not, understand that your writing matters to try again. 

Guidelines 
 

-Submission for poetry or prose must be 800 words or shorter

-Submission must be valid to the theme of the month

-You're welcome to submit to multiple themes throughout the year, we will contact you once the deadline has been reached.

-If you are not accepted for what you submit - save it and submit it again! What may not work for one theme may work for another.

-Zines will specify if we accept younger writers

-We ask for responses to be prompt if accepted for a zine or if we receive an event response submission. If no response within 3 business days, we will move on to another candidate. 

Open 2022 Zines for Submissions

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: July 1st
Release: July 15th

This theme is open to minors.

Water Foam

The Well-Watered Woman

“The mother-women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.”
― Kate Chopin, The Awakening

Inspirations: This theme doesn't necessarily have to be about "being" a mother but more what does that mean? What are the emotions felt with raising a child or to follow the expectations of family? 

― Motherhood: The Most Perfect Mess on Earth | Micaela Birmingham

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: September 2nd
Release: September 16th

This theme is NOT open to minors.

Cheers

Meet Me At Midnight

"It is sophomore year. At yet another birthday sleepover, we streak through the cornfield across the street from someone’s house. Junior year, we drink in that cornfield, warm beer purloined from someone’s dad’s garage stash. College brings ragers—the golden era of the house party. Cheap, nauseating vodka in plastic bottles. A newfound obsession with hookah. Making out with someone’s brother’s roommate in a bathroom. The scar on my knee from clambering over a brick wall one night when the cops show up and start asking for IDs. Playing King’s Cup around a hand-me-down coffee table, blowing smoke rings of cotton candy shisha in a room wallpapered with flattened beer containers."
― Abby Ledoux, A Life, in Parties

Inspirations: A celebration can bring many things, new gossip or news of the birth of a baby. Often times, people make agreements at a party as everyone is not focused on anything outside the room. Or the many early stories of someone's experience with alcohol. What does it mean to you?

Bonus: Joan Crawford in Harry Beaumont's Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: November 4th
Release: November 18th

This theme is NOT open to minors.

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Bloodbound

"They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow, washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss."
― Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

Inspirations: This is not an easy subject for some people to discuss but it can be cathartic. The hardest part is stating that you're not happy, you're not okay. Processing and reprogramming your brain is not easy. 

 

"Bloodbound" focuses on trauma, the story of our growth and our relationship from what affected us from the very beginning. 

 

Linked resources on the process of sharing trauma: 

― Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle on Sharing about Unraveling Her Trauma - ...It's not a Problem...It's a Process

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