All double-spaced submissions will be rejected without being read or considered.
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.
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. We will accept long read fiction, more than 5,000 words.
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 Southern 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.
There will be no fees. Nope. Not gonna' do it.
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