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Submission and Award Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Disquieting Muses. When preparing your submission, please do not interpret our name to imply a topical preference. We seek well-written poetry that is interesting, memorable, and lyrical. We also appreciate imagistic and slightly surreal work. We do not, however, want your memorable, imagistic works to gross us out. For further hints about our editors' preferences, visit our staff page after reading the following guidelines.

Poetry Submissions:

We read only email submissions. Poems should be pasted into the body of the message only; do not send attachments. Please submit at least three but no more than five poems. We usually respond in less than three weeks. If you do not receive a decision within six weeks, please feel free to send a note of inquiry. As a matter of respect and basic courtesy we will never knowingly neglect to respond to a submission, so if you don't hear from us it may mean that your submission, or our response, was lost in transmission. Important: Copy and include the following permission statement with your submission.

I guarantee that the work I am submitting is my own unpublished poetry. I understand that Disquieting Muses
receives first serial rights for poetry, and I give Disquieting Muses the right to publish and archive
said work. I guarantee that the work has never been published electronically or in print. I 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 I understand and agree that poems published in Disquieting Muses shall not be
published elsewhere for a period of three months from their DM release date. Disquieting Muses is given
permission to republish said work in a future print and/or CD version of the issue in which my work appears,
or in a future DM anthology, if such a project should occur. I understand that Disquieting Muses presents
poems and visual art together and I grant Disquieting Muses permission to present my work with art of the editors'
choosing.


DM receives first serial rights to the poetry it publishes. Rights revert to the author three months after the first day of publication in Disquieting Muses. This means that the author of a work is then free to have it republished elsewhere, as long as 1) other publishers do not require first-time rights AND 2) those publishers credit the work's first publication in Disquieting Muses.

We do not consider previously published poetry unless by invitation. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, so long as you tell us that the poem is under consideration elsewhere and let us know if it gets accepted elsewhere. Upon notification of acceptance of simultaneously submitted work, you must immediately withdraw that work from consideration elsewhere.

Send submissions to editors@dmqreview.com.


The Muses Award

Beginning in 2001, each November we will award a $100 prize for the best poem of the year to first appear in Disquieting Muses. No entry fee is required and no special entry process is necessary. Our editors will select a winner from all poems first published in the magazine. To be eligible, contributors must simply adhere to all regular submission guidelines as outlined on our Submission Guidelines page, and, if using a pen name, include their legal name with the submission. Previously published poems are ineligible for the award. Good luck!


Visual Art Submissions:

Please send a working URL where we may view samples of your work. Mail to editors@dmqreview.com. Please include the following permission statement with your email:

I guarantee that the work I am submitting is my own and that I own the copyrights.
I give Disquieting Muses permission to publish and archive said work electronically,
and to republish the work in a future print or CD version of the issue in which the work
appears, or in a future DM anthology, if such a project should occur. I understand that
Disquieting Muses presents poems and visual art together and I grant Disquieting Muses
permission to present my work with poetry of the editors' choosing.

If your work is accepted for publication we will ask you to provide a clean .jpg copy via email, approximately 3-4 inches high.

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