Submission Guidelines

Current Theme Guidelines

Dear Booksellers,
We’re looking for dreamers of every kind.
We’ve all had dreams. Sometimes when we’re asleep, but then we can’t remember them when we wake up. Sometimes when we’re awake looking at clouds out the window. Sometimes in our lives there’s something that we’re striving towards.
What is your dream? What inspires you? What haunts you? Do you have dreamless nights? What’s that like? What’s on your dream board? Give us a tour through your subconscious. Or someone you know.
We want dreams of every shape and color. If your dreams are too personal, make them up. If they’re too forgettable, spice them up.
And let us know if you want your dream submission analyzed or if you want to participate in a Deep Overstock sleep study.
Email deepoverstock@gmail.com for more information on either. We’ll publish our findings along with your submission.
Deadline: May 1st, 2019

General Guidelines

We publish quarterly. We will typically announce an issue’s theme at the beginning of the month and have submissions close sometime the following month and publish the beginning of the month after that. (E.g. Announce March 1st, submissions close April 15th, and then release the issue May 1st.)

We publish fiction, poetry, comics, art, images, medical reports, plays, essays, philosophies, sculptures, sounds, mushroom dataset analyses, magic spells, fairy tales, folklore, riddles, jokes, horoscopes, death-predictions, and more. Surprise us!

Simultaneous submissions are fine, just tell us if the piece gets accepted elsewhere. No previously published works (though personal blogs are fine).

Include a short bio about you, your work, and your day job (especially if you work with books, mention the books!), in the body of your email. If you have been previously published we will reuse your bio unless told so otherwise.

Submissions over 3000 words might not be considered. 

Email deepoverstock@gmail.com to submit.

Text Submissions

File format: Submit your written work as either .doc, .docx, .rtf, or a Google doc only. PDF submissions will be rejected.

Fiction, Essays, etc.

We strongly prefer pieces under 3000 words, especially flash fiction under 1000. We typically will not consider excerpts of longer pieces.

Please submit one to two fiction pieces for each theme, or send us up to three if they are under 1000 words.

Poems

Send up to seven poems per theme.

Comics & Images Guidelines

File format: Any image file format of at least 300dpi is fine. Submit your image in color as we can do full color on the website, but will print in black and white.

Send up to 4-12 images (as long as they’re all in one email). If you have an art piece you want to submit and you do not have a camera, contact us and we will see what we can do.

The maximum number of pages is 12, however if you have a longer piece we can try to work something out.

Print dimensions are 5.5 in. x 8.5 in. (half-letter).

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