Okay Donkey

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

We publish one new poem every Monday and one new flash fiction every Friday. Please send us either one poem OR one flash fiction per author per submission period. We do not publish flash nonfiction.

We're open from the 1st to the 15th every month, or until we hit our submission cap of 500 submissions. If we hit our cap, we'll close submissions early and reopen on the 1st of the next month.

Our usual turnaround time is 6-8 weeks. If you haven’t heard from us in 8 weeks, please feel free to follow up on your submission.


POETRY

  • Please send only one poem per submission period.
  • While there are no strict word limits for poetry, we tend to like poems that fit on one page.
  • Use 12-point, Times New Roman, and single space your submissions (except for form poems).
  • Attach your piece as a Word doc, docx, or a PDF.
  • Include a brief cover letter and third person bio.


FLASH FICTION

  • Please send only one flash fiction per submission period.
  • Our maximum word limit for flash fiction is 1,500 words.
  • Use 12-point, Times New Roman, and double space your submissions.
  • Attach your piece as a Word doc, docx, or a PDF.
  • Include a brief cover letter and third person bio.


GENERAL GUIDELINES

We do not read blind, or publish anonymous work. This enables us to publish authors from diverse backgrounds, and we always strive to uplift marginalized and underrepresented voices. We do however respect our authors’ right to privacy and will publish works under a pen name.

If we pass on an author’s flash fiction or poem, please wait at least 1-2 months before submitting again. If we accept a flash fiction or poem, please wait at least 6-8 months before submitting again. This helps us give everyone a fair shake.

We like to read both literary and genre-bending work, but please no gratuitous sex or violence. Also no racism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or xenophobia.

Okay Donkey acquires First Electronic Rights and Non-exclusive Archival Rights. All other rights remain with the author. If you reprint your piece in a book or anthology, all we ask is that you mention it appeared here first.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but we do not accept multiple submissions. If you send us a piece, please wait until our response and the 1-2 month waiting period to send us another. We also don’t accept previously published pieces.