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.

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-- 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. 


-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

Now featuring our 2022-2023 Zine Themes Open for Submissions


Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: November 4th
Release: November 18th

This theme is NOT open to minors.

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"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: 

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

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: January 6th, 2023
Release: January 20th, 2023

This theme is open to minors.

Dark Ocean

We Are All The Same In The Dark

“The day will come when we strike you down,” she’s saying. “Mark my words. We will haunt your nightmares.”

I clench my fists and fling an illusion of pain across her body. “I am the nightmare.”
― Marie Lu, The Midnight Star

Inspirations: Dreams often can be explorations of our deep subconscious or even a warning from our brains in signs of stress. What do you see in the mirror of your own dreams?

"We Are All The Same In The Dark" focuses on our most darkest dreams, those that provoke such an intensity of fear or regret.


Linked resources: 

From Brainy Dose

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: March 3rd, 2023 
Release: March 17th, 2023

This theme is NOT open to minors.

Image by Alessio Zaccaria

The Road to Paimon: Poetry & Stories About Demons

"What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine."
― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Inspirations: Demons in mythology often are used as personifications of the sins of man. You can use this either to write about a demon/demons in your personal culture or as an abstract jumping off point to define how you tie it into your life. 


"The Road to Paimon" focuses on our sins, the complexity of demonology and how we can fall down the rabbit hole of vices and virtues. 


Linked resources:

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe read by Sascha Ende

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: May 5th, 2023
Release: May 19th, 2023

This theme is NOT open to minors.

Pink Blossom

I Didn't Go To Church Today 

“Did I want him to act? Or would I prefer a lifetime of longing provided we both kept this little Ping-Pong game going: not knowing, not-not-knowing, not-not-not-knowing? Just be quiet, say nothing, and if you can't say "yes," don't say "no," say "later." Is this why people say "maybe" when they mean "yes," but hope you'll think it's "no" when all they really mean is, Please, just ask me once more, and once more after that?”
― André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name


Inspirations: "Summer love" is a common saying for teens going through a rite of passage. Maybe a fling you had with a quick kiss in the night to never see them again. Yet even decades later, we can still reminisce about "what could have been."


"I Didn't Go To Church Today" focuses on love and regret. Formative moments in our young lives that shape our relationships today.


Linked resources: 

- Clip from Luca Guadagnino's "Call Me By Your Name" (2017)

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: July 7th, 2023
Release: July 21st, 2023

This theme is open to minors.

Image by Nsey Benajah

The Hole

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."
― Mark Twain

Inspirations: Anger has always been a wild card inside of human beings. You can use your experience and mental health to cultivate it into patience. Or use it to your detriment. It is one of the reasons many of us are obsessed with serial killers. What drives that velocity to leave you stuck in "the hole" and how did you find your way out?


"The Hole" focuses on how anger has grown and transformed within us. Did you learn more about yourself and were you able to heal?


Linked resources: 

-"Shades of anger" by Rafeef Ziadah

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: September 1st, 2023
Release: September 15th, 2023

This theme is NOT open to minors.

Image by Manic Quirk


"There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in."
― Leonard Cohen

Inspirations: Struggles of mental health, how we deal with our wins/areas of improvement and growth within the suffocating lines of your psyche. 


"Threshold" focuses on the stories of how we try to heal with mental health and how it affects our lives.


Linked resources: 

TedTalk with Elizabeth Medina

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Learn more about this theme!

Deadline: November 3rd, 2023
Release: November 17th, 2023

This theme is NOT open to minors.

Image by Patrick Hendry

The Comfort of Fire

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

― William Blake, The Tyger

Inspirations: This will be relatively open ended but the theme is simple. Fire. How do we tie it into poetry or stories? It fuels us to keep going. 


"The Comfort of Fire" focuses on fire as it burns us, physically and mentally or cleanses us in its own independent way. What does it mean to you? 


Linked resources: 

Sarah Kay, Forest Fires

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