The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature 

Not accepting submissions at this time. AH HA!!! 

Guess what, ya'll!? We'll start accepting submissions on July 4, 2020. YUP! Opening up the Mule to your finest contributions. Get ready to send us something.

The submission you send us will be for writing to grace our 24th Anniversary Year, 2020 and our 25th Anniversary year, which obviously would be 2021. Give us a week or three to get back to you but don't be surprised if we're quick like a bunny. 

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 paragraph containing the contributor's names and their Southern Legitimacy Statement. 

Attach your work as a .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf in the area provided. If it's really short,  it'll fit in the submission "box" so that's ok too. We love short shorts, yes we do. 

We have Categories for each month(s) and guidelines contained therein. Check them out. Send us your writing. 

SINGLE SPACED. ONE SPACE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS. NO PARAGRAPH INDENTS. THANK YOU. 

YOUR WORK NEED NOT HAVE YOUR NAME OR HEADERS/FOOTERS/PAGE #S. DON'T DO THAT ... thanks. You are not submitting paper/printed documents to us. This is the internet. See the fiction guidelines for more information.

There will be no fees. Nope. Not gonna' do it. If you want to help us out, check out the Prints once the Gallery is fully functioning. Posters, prints, gallery wrapped canvas of archival curated collections of Southern vernacular architecture. Reasonably priced, printed on a digital printer with insane detail and color ... more on that on the Gallery. For now, you think about your submission!


We are nothing if not for our writers! Thank you for submitting to the South's oldest online literary journal.

-The Mule Staff

The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature