Submissions Guidelines

The term "Disquieting Muses" comes originally from a Plath poem, but our name is also an announcement to both reader and writer:  no subject will be off-limits.  Please do not interpret this, however, to imply a preference for anything other than the highest quality writing possible. While you may notice some edgier work here, our only absolute interest is in work that is well-written and interesting to read. We consider all topics (within reason).  PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY, as well as a few issues of the magazine, to better understand what we look for.  Disquieting Muses is hungry for work possessing verve.  Does your work have a certain hum to it?  Will it vibrate in the reader's bones?  Style and theme are not as important as clarity, quality and verve.  That said, however, we'd like to especially encourage submissions of highly imagistic poems and poems with a surrealistic or elliptical slant.  Narrative poems are, of course, also considered.  If you plan to submit a very long poem, it had better be a thrilling read.  We consider very little rhyming verse.  If you do not know what a forced rhyme is then you probably should save it for someone else.

Policies and Specifics

Poetry submissions:

We prefer email submissions.  Put your poems in the body of the message ONLY -- do not attach them as a separate document. Please submit at least three but no more than five poems.  Do not send us your url and ask us to wade through your collection.  Please take the time to read the magazine as well as this entire page before submitting your work. Donít forget to clip and include the permission statement below. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of receipt from us within a week or two, you may wish to send us a note to confirm receipt. If you receive a receipt but do not receive a decision within 6 weeks, please feel free to send a note of inquiry. Out of respect and common courtesy, we will never knowingly neglect to respond to a submission or inquiry, so if you don't hear from us it may mean a response was lost in transmisison.

We do not consider previously published writing unless by invitation.   We will run searches on poems accepted to the magazine.   Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, so long as you tell us that the poem is under consideration elsewhere and keep its status up-to-date with us.  Upon notification of acceptance of simultaneously submitted work,  you must IMMEDIATELY withdraw that work from consideration elsewhere.

Please do NOT submit a bio with your work.  Our goal is to select the very best contemporary poetry, regardless of the author's status or experience.  If your work is accepted, our notification to you will include a request for your bio.

Work accepted for publication in Disquieting Muses may be edited before or after acceptance. In the former case, edits will be sent to the author before a final acceptance; in the latter case (generally to resolve grammar or punctuation problems) a copy of the edited piece will be sent with notification to the author prior to the issue's release date.  If you are adamantly against (or sincerely interested in) editorial suggestions, please note that in your submission.  This should not, however, be taken as an offer to critique or otherwise work on unfinished pieces.  Editorial suggestions are made rarely, and then only if it is clear to us that the work has been well thought-through by the writer.

If you have changes you wish to submit on a piece after we've accepted it for publication, please submit those changes BEFORE its issue is released -- preferably no later than two weeks before the release date (that is, two weeks before the 15th of August, November, February, or May). Send submissions to editors@dmqreview.com or dmqreview@excite.com.

With regard to copyrights:

Disquieting Muses receives the rights to publish work submitted on the web site and /or any future paper publications of the issue in which the work originally appeared, as well as in an anthology should we do such a project in the future.  The author of a work retains full ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided  (in the case of poetry or other writing) the other publishers do not require first-time rights AND those publishers credit the work's prior publication in Disquieting Muses.

Submissions must be made by the creator of the work.  If the work is a translation, then we require something in writing stating that the original author is aware of the translation and gives permission to it.  Plagiarism is a crime -- do not submit work that is not yours. Disquieting Muses will participate in any and all investigations regarding plagiarism and this magazine.

We ask that you include the following statement in your submission:

                        I guarantee that the work I am submitting is my own original poetry, artwork,
                        photography, review, or translation.  I give Disquieting Muses the right to
                        publish said work in an electronic issue and agree that the work has never
                        been published electronically or in print.  I also agree that if Disquieting Muses                        
                        publishes the work, first publication credit will be given to Disquieting Muses in any
                        subsequent publications.  I understand and agree that publication rights
                        revert back to the author three months after the work's original release date
                        in Disquieting Muses.  Disquieting Muses is given permission to republish said work
                        in any future print version of the issue in which my work appears,
                         in a print or CD anthology at a future time.

Photography and Art:

Please send a working URL where we may view 1-5 samples of your work, and a second URL (if appropriate) where we may view the rest of your work in case we find the samples fitting with an upcoming issue. Mail to editors@dmqreview.com.  Please check out the current and previous issues to get a feel for the kind of work we are looking for. If your work is accepted for publication we will ask you to provide a clean .jpg copy via emaill, 500 pixels wide if Portrait or 500 pixels high if Landscape.


We will also consider reviews of poetry publications (Internet and Paper, magazines and books).  You must include your bio if you are submitting a review.


We will consider poetry-related articles/essays only.  Because the main focus of Disquieting Muses is the poetry itself, however, appearances of articles and essays will be the exception rather than the rule.  You must include your bio if you are submitting an article or essay.

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