The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature celebrates 26 years online!
Guidelines for submissions:
There's just one thing to know and it's very important:
Your Cover Letter MUST contain your Southern Legitimacy Statement. If you don't know what that is, then you need to read The Dead Mule. Each bit of writing on the Mule (fiction, poetry, essay, creative non-fiction) begins with a few words about the author's Southern Legitimacy Statement. Everyone is south of somewhere, read the Dead Mule for examples. It's fun and simple. Write as little or as much as you'd like. Some people write multiple paragraphs. We've got no word limit on your SLS.
Attach your work as a .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf or .pages in the area provided.
SINGLE SPACED. ONE SPACE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS. NO PARAGRAPH INDENTS. THANK YOU.
Submission to and acceptance by Dead Mule grants us first electronic and indefinite archival rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication. Please credit Dead Mule as the first publisher if you reprint elsewhere; we like seeing our name in print, too.
We are nothing if not for our writers! Thank you for submitting to the South's oldest online literary journal.
-The Mule Staff
All double-spaced submissions will be rejected without being read or considered.
LOTS TO READ HERE, IF YOU SERIOUSLY WANT TO BE IN THE MULE, TRY READING IT ALL.
Send us your finished work. Not a work in progress --we have grown weary of writers who ask for permission to edit their accepted pieces. If it's not ready, finish it and then send it to us. It's probably a really good idea to read this whole diatribe before you submit something to us.
SINGLE SPACED. ONE SPACE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS. NO PARAGRAPH INDENTS. Do Not Double Space Your Work. Please.
That's an old printed page submission habit. We don't double-space on web pages, take a look at any website. New York Times ... Washington Post ... pick one and you'll see what we mean -- no double-spacing.
You don't need headers with your name/address, you don't need page #s, you just need to single space, double space between paragraphs. Learn it here with the Dead Mule and it will serve you well for decades to come.
YOUR WORK NEED NOT HAVE YOUR NAME OR HEADERS/FOOTERS/PAGE #S. DON'T DO THAT ... thanks.
Attach your docx [etc, we use Apple computers, so you can send us a .pages file] in the area provided. It's simple. But then there's always this: truly flash pieces, under 500 words or around there, can be copied and pasted into the text box. Try it. It's ok, or attach your .docx, .rtf etc in the area provided. You can do it! Submit to the Mule.
Don't forget your Southern Legitimacy Statement.
Read the Mule for examples
What do yall think we'll be looking to publish? Anything you write that's worth reading. Not much to ask for, is it? Try to keep it under 2,000 words. If you don't know what the southern legitimacy statement is then you haven't read the Mule. Shame on you. Read it or at least take a gander before submitting.
Flash Fiction really truly makes us smile. The 750 word kind ...
Details, if you need more:
Our focus will be on quick, one page (internet page) descriptions of encounters between strangers, friends, or family members. Almost memoir -- we're going to want you to spice up the conversation and make others want to hear your story with more than the polite nod your friend or spouse gives you when you tell it over and over. We want the "did I tell yall about ...." stories running around in your head that everyone is tired of hearing but that you've never publicly told (oh, heck, you can be famous in your own word sphere for that particular story, but we don't know your story ...)
We are going want less than 2,000 words. Less than 750 gets you a bonus consideration because if a Southerner (or any other writer) can tell a well-worn story without over-embellishing it and still get their point across, we pay real attention to that ability.
We want your stories. We know you got 'em.
Talk to you soon ... looking forward to hearing from you.
-CL Bledsoe, Assistant Editor
-Valerie MacEwan, Editor/Publisher
The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
If you really truly can't figure it all out, how to submit here on submittable, as a last resort, email me Valerie MacEwan deadmule @ gmail and I may be in a position to help, depending on mood, problems encountered, age of submitter, phase of the moon... or whatever suits our purpose on that particular day.
A special designation for the writing that is ... personal. Learned. About growing up or being you and how you got from point A to point B in life. Or how someone influenced that journey. Or about a journey. We want 500 - 2500 words but lean toward brevity as the soul of wit. Longer pieces will be accepted (2,500 wds) but yall gotta murder lot of darlings to get into the Dead Mule. If you're confused as to whether you're sending us a memoir or some creative non-fiction, worry not, we'll figure you out.
All double-spaced submissions will be rejected.
Single-space. Space between paragraphs. Once you click your way into submitting, the path will become clear. Attach a .docx, .doc, .rtf, .txt, .pages If you don't know what a Southern Legitimacy Statement is, read the Dead Mule. Fact is, you should read the any publication you're submitting to before submitting to it. Duh.
so, let's reiterate:
1. Cover letter with Southern Legitimacy Statement
2. Your submission
3. We read.
4. We respond, generally within a couple of weeks...
Send us one poem. Only one.
Please remember to include your Southern Legitimacy Statement in your cover letter. Everyone is south of somewhere. Read the Dead Mule if you don't know what we're talking about here.
Please send us one poem per submission. Only left justified poems work with our WordPress template. We're sorry to say we can't accommodate elaborate spacing. Well, to be honest, we can center the text but that really doesn't look very good.
We look forward to reading your poems. Truly we do. Query about chapbooks, we do occasionally publish them, see Helen Losse's Snippets of Holiness.
-Valerie MacEwan, Editor/Publisher