Our stories share little in common outside of a love of language; well-crafted sentences and a honed rhythm are a must for Driftwood contributors. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of our favorite authors are William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham, John Updike, Don Delillo, Graham Greene, Marlon James, and James Joyce. We stray away from young adult, fantasy, romance, novel chapters, and mainstream mystery fiction. While we're interested in experimentalism and stream of consciousness (not auto-writing), we do expect a story to have narrative momentum. For an example of unconventional narrative momentum, please see Russell Helm's "The Grass Cutter" in issue 3.4.
Writers can submit one piece of prose, no longer than 4,000 words. Please use single spacing and make sure the document is '.doc' or '.docx' file type. Please do not submit PDFs unless it preserves stylistic decisions that may be affected by
another file type.
PAYMENT: $100 PER STORY
Whether you are seasoned or a beginner brimming with poetic inspiration, we call upon your abilities. At Driftwood, we are devoted to finding poetry of the highest caliber; we seek poetry of literary importance. Some of our favorite poets are Adrienne Rich, Aase Berg, Tomaž Šalamun, Roberto Bolaño, Sharon Olds, and Max Ritvo. Overly romanticized, antiquated, or colloquial poetry is not our focus. Narrative poetry, experimental forms, and content that reveals your unique style are welcomed.
Poets can submit up to three poems, each being no longer than 60 lines. Please submit all poems in one document.
PAYMENT: $20 PER POEM
Individual graphic works may range from a
single image to twenty-two pages of comic
art. Please submit no more than five photo-
graphs unless they are in a series, in which case
you may send up to twenty. Please send us the high-
est resolution possible for any visual art submission; a work may be denied simply on the grounds that the resolution is not high enough for publication. Upon acceptance, we may ask for a specific file type to publish with. If your work does not have a title, please label it 'Untitled'.
We can serialize longer graphic works, but the first chapter of the work and a series outline must be presented before serialization is promised. If we accept your series, we will publish individual chapters of no more than twenty-two pages in each issue. Some of our favorite graphic artists are Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Brecht Evens, Anders Nilsen, Christophe Chaboute, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, David Lapham, David Mazzucchelli, Dash Shaw, and Scott McCloud.
Visual Arts & COmics