The Deadly Writers Patrol (DWP) has published fiction, poetry, and memoir by and about veterans for over a decade. 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We look for writers with all ranges of publication experience, including previously unpublished writers and those who have not been affiliated with an MFA program.
While we publish issues of The Deadly Writers Patrol twice yearly, in spring and fall, we accept submissions for review at any time. We will consider simultaneous submissions with the understanding that authors immediately withdraw work accepted for publication elsewhere. We are open to submissions of work previously published elsewhere, but give preference to original, unpublished work.
The Deadly Writers Patrol acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and may be reprinted with appropriate acknowledgement of the work’s previous appearance in The Deadly Writers Patrol. We reserve the right to reprint works published in the journal in future print & digital publications (including anthologies) and on the journal’s website.
Our contributors receive contributor’s copies of the issue in which their work appears. We regret that we cannot pay contributors for published work, but do try to be generous with copies of the issue and support of their publication activity via our social media presence.
Guidelines for Submissions by Genre
We request that authors send only one submission per genre at a time.
DWP accepts short stories with an upper limit of 7500 words. Stories of 5000 words or fewer have tended to be more compelling with regard to sustained reader interest and the journal's space limitations. Submissions should be double-spaced and include a word count and the author's contact information (name, email & mailing addresses) on the first page.
DWP accepts works of memoir (including experiential journalism) with a maximum word count of 7500 words. Works of 5000 words or fewer have tended to be more compelling with regard to sustained reader interest and the journal's space limitations. Submissions should be double-spaced and include a word count and the author's contact information (name, email & mailing addresses) on the first page.
We accept poems long and short, in forms conventional and unconventional. Please do not send more than five poems in one submission. Poets may withdraw individual poems within a submission without withdrawing the entire submission provided they add a note in Submittable indicating which poem should be withdrawn.
Poets & writers interested in submitting works to The Deadly Writers Patrol can do so via Submittable, our submissions manager. Just click the box below to access DWP's Submittable page.