A Paper Dragon Publishing Opportunity

***Please note, there has been an uptick in publishers that are not accepting unagented submissions. Too many presses and publishers are getting mass submissions that do not fit their catalogs. DO NOT submit your work if it doesn't meet the publisher's guidelines.

I think it’s safe to say people are getting a little bored, and the MFA students at Drexel University are no different. They have opened the doors of Paper Dragon, a new literary journal that publishes poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and art.

The editors are currently accepting submissions for its first issue until September 1. The journal hopes to publish their first issue this fall. The first theme that the journal is exploring is recovery and resilience.

Re – cov – er – y n.: a return to normal (such as health or economy); retrieval; repossession.

Re – sil – ience n.: the ability to quickly return to an original state; elasticity; buoyancy

The journal is looking for submissions from a wide range of authors and hopes to spotlight work by underrepresented voices. Since the journal hasn’t published anything yet, you’ll want to read the editors’ letters to get a sense of what they want.

Paper dragons in origami form.

How to Submit to Paper Dragon

Interested in submitting your work? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Poets may submit up to three poems, two pages or fewer each.
  • Authors of fiction may submit one short story, up to 6,000 words.
  • Authors of creative nonfiction may submit one piece, 2,500 to 5,000 words.
  • Artists may include up to five image files in .jpg format.

The editors do not accept previously published work. Submitting authors can expect a response within three months.

Paper Dragon accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors immediately withdraw work published elsewhere.

If you would like to submit to Paper Dragon, please visit their website here.

Good luck to those who decide to submit. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.

And if you are accepted, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along 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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