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drafthorse is a publication of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual narrative, and other media art where work, occupation, labor—or lack of the same—is in some way intrinsic to a narrative’s potential for epiphany. Our constant theme is “work and no work.” While we’re open to various interpretations, we expect the subject to be fundamental to your submission in some way. We are interested in how work, or the absence of it, effects people and communities on an intimate level. While politics are inescapable, the magazine is not a platform for partisan blunderbussing. We will not consider submissions that do not relate to our theme in any way.

drafthorseUnited States
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Submission Periods

F Open to fiction submissions through Monday, October 31, 2016 (31.4 days from now).4
N Open to nonfiction submissions through Monday, October 31, 2016 (31.4 days from now).0
P Open to poetry submissions through Monday, October 31, 2016 (31.4 days from now).2


G General 

Audience, Poetry Forms, Styles & Topics

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.
Topics:Memoir (See guidelines), Society/Culture (See guidelines).

Types & Lengths

I Interviewup to 3,000 words; unknown number of pieces
Y Essayup to 3,000 words; unknown number of pieces
Z Narrative Nonfictionup to 3,000 words; unknown number of pieces
P Poemno line limits known; up to 5 pieces
F Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words; up to 3 pieces
S Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN No monetary payment
N NonfictionN No monetary payment
P PoetryN No monetary payment

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
F Fiction OK No No OK
N Nonfiction OK No No OK
P Poetry OK No No OK

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Date Added:
15 Feb 2012
Last Updated:
12 Sep 2016
Listing may be deactivated on: 12 Oct 2016