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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

Submission Periods

F Open to fiction submissions through Sunday, April 30, 2017 (63.4 days from now).0
N Open to nonfiction submissions through Sunday, April 30, 2017 (63.4 days from now).0
P Open to poetry submissions through Sunday, April 30, 2017 (63.4 days from now).0
V Open to visual art submissions through Sunday, April 30, 2017 (63.4 days from now).0


G General 


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).
Visual Art Media:Open to all/most Art Media.
Visual Art Styles:Open to all/most Art Styles.

Types & Lengths

Interview Interviewup to 3,000 words; unknown number of pieces
Essay Essayup to 3,000 words; unknown number of pieces
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative Nonfictionup to 3,000 words; unknown number of pieces
Poem Poemno line limits known; up to 5 pieces
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words; up to 3 pieces
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words
Artwork Artwork5 - 10 pieces

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
V Visual ArtN No monetary payment

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No No OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No OKText format submissions
V Visual Art OK No No OKImage format submissions

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
15 Feb 2012
Last Updated:
15 Feb 2017