Written by Emily Harstone January 5th, 2017

DIAGRAM: Open to Submissions

As our name indicates, we’re interested in representations. In naming. In indicating. In schematics. In the labeling and taxonomy of things. In poems that masquerade as stories; in stories that disguise themselves as indices or obituaries.

DIAGRAM is an online literary journal that has over a million visitors per month. They have a reputation for publishing unusual and new work. They publish flash fiction, poetry, essays, and short stories. They also publish visual art.

They publish six electronic issues per year. They do not accept reprints. It is really easy and free to get a good idea for what they publish by reading a back issue or two.

Diagram has published a number of emerging and new writers who went on to really make names for themselves, particularly in the poetry genre.

Unlike most digital journals they do accept print submissions via the mail but they are very reluctant to do so. They have a quicker response time for electronic submissions. On average it takes them about a month and a half to respond to submissions. But do not query till they have had your work for at least two months.

They use Submittable to manage their electronic submissions. They used to accept unsolicited submissions of audio recordings, but they are currently closed to that, due to the submission manager not working well for audio files.

They do accept simultaneous submissions, but you must notify them as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere.

To learn more visit their submission guidelines here.


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