Madison, Wis.-based literary journal The Deadly Writers Patrol was started by a cadre of Vietnam War-era veterans, but issues published since 2013 have included work from veterans of all eras. The magazine's editors welcome veterans' contributions of poetry, fiction, and more.
Submissions by non-veterans should regard in some manner a theme of war or its effects. In addition to short stories and poems, past submissions have included excerpts from novels and memoirs, as well as personal essays.
When recently contacted by The Aiming Circle, editors indicated a 2019 issue is forthcoming, later this fall. The publication will likely officially decrease frequency in 2020, down from annual spring and fall issues. The publication continues to consider submissions year-round.
New issues are available for $10 at the website here. Back issues may be available for less.
According to the website:
The Deadly Writers Patrol (DWP) […] is rooted in our belief that writing can reflect the deepest corners of our psyches, and can offer a vehicle to express the reality of war, survival, and healing.
We look for writers with all ranges of publication experience, including previously unpublished writers and those who have not been affiliated with an MFA program.
New work is preferred, although editors will consider previously published material. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, with notification. Publication acquires first North American rights, and on-line and print anthology rights. As compensation, the publication offers contributor's copies.
Submissions guidelines include:
- No more than one submission per genre at a time.
- Submissions should be double-spaced and include a word count and the author's contact information (name, email & mailing addresses) on the first page.
- Short fiction: Stories up to 7,500 words; less-than-5,000 words preferred.
- Poetry: No more than 5 poems per submission. No length or style preferences.
- Memoir/Non-fiction: Essays and articles up to 7,500 words; less-than-5,000 words preferred.
A Submittable page is here.
The Deadly Writers Patrol is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation under Chapter 181 of Wisconsin state statues. A page for making financial contributions is here.
Aiming Circle Rating: 3.8 on a 5.0 scale. In our patron-exclusive rating system, this indicates: "Be optimistic. Contributors should have reasonable confidence in a project's conduct, delivery, and/or quality." The Deadly Writers Patrol is the exemplar of a publication's successful evolution to include voices of veterans of "new" wars. The editorial atmosphere is professional and collegial. There is no reading fee, and, while there is no monetary payment for accepted work, contributors are generously compensated in free copies, editorial support, and more. All of these factors contribute to a solid Aiming Circle confidence rating for this venue.
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