Duende: A Call for Themed Submissions

Duende is an online journal produced by the undergraduates of Goddard College’s B.FA. in Writing program. The journal publishes a themed edition in the spring semester and an open edition in the fall, and they’re currently seeking submissions for their next themed edition.

The theme is “Ritual” and here’s what the editors had to say about it:

When the editors decided to read for an issue focused on Ritual, we could scarcely have imagined the extent to which the rituals of our lives would be disrupted, or rearranged, because of the COVID-19 outbreak. We are now dealing with more than a loss-state, a grief-state. We have been forced into a new way of being—and as writers and artists, we need to respond to and examine these shifting rituals. 

With that in mind, we envision this curated space to be one of: 

• Mourning for the rituals we lost. 
• A celebration for the rituals established.
• The examination of the mystic chords that continue to bind us as human beings; 
• Look at eco-rituals –both the ancient and new rituals; 
• Ritual-futurism–or the rituals we imagine our future will contain; 
• Labor rituals and the loss of the labor rituals; 
• Human contact as ritual, the loss of human contact as a new ritual; 
• Rites–both in the spiritual-sense and social-sense; 
• Observance; and quite simply
• What we do. 

Are you thinking about collaborating with others? Or maybe you’re part of an underrepresented demographic? Excellent! Duende appreciates collaborative works and wants to feature the underrepresented.

How to Submit to Duende

Duende is looking for visual art, poetry, fiction, hybrid, and nonfiction work. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Poets may submit up to five poems of fifteen pages or fewer.
  • Authors of hybrid work may submit several pieces that doesn’t exceed 2,500 words.
  • Prose authors can also submit several pieces as long as they don’t go over 7,500 words.
  • They also like micro writing, but there’s no minimum word count listed on their site.
  • Limit each submission to a single genre.

Duende accepts online submissions online, so please do not send them your work by email or post. The journal does accept simultaneous submissions but asks authors to withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Duende, please visit their website.

Good luck to all of you who choose to submit!

Don’t forget to let me know if you get published. I’d love to read your work or recommend it to a friend.

Stay safe, everyone.

Until next time!



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


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