Submissions

Our submissions are currently OPEN to TRANS PEOPLE ONLY until August 15th, 2022 at 11:59 P.M. EDT! Read on for further theming details!

Please read all guidelines carefully before submitting.

Delicate Friend is an adult (18+) space for sexual or intimate art or literature you enjoyed creating. Art is work, so enjoyment does not exclude difficulty. Difficulty can be exciting! At the end of the day, we want this journal to be a fun experience for us and our readers.

Our current theme — guest-edited by Ale Canales is “ANTIMATTER,” extending the intimacy of our T4T issue across the ever-expanding universe. Is your erotic imagination haunted by sentient artificial intelligence? Have you dreamed of traversing the blank spaces between stars with your lovers? Is your gender too alien for mere earthlings to comprehend? We want to hear from you!

¡Por primera vez, también estamos aceptando poesía y prosa en español! Indique si tiene una traducción al inglés preexistente o si desea que Ale se la traduzca.

To submit, send an email to delicatelit@gmail.com with your name and pronouns in the subject line (ex. “Fox Auslander – They/them”). Your submission can be attached as a file or pasted in the body of your email. We recommend providing a third-person bio in the body of the email, but feel free to do so at your own discretion.

Guidelines
Delicate Friend is now a paying market! We pay $10+ to each accepted contributor upon digital release.

We are looking for poetry, prose, visual art, music, videos, game descriptions, fake movie reviews, real movie reviews, and more. One of us had an idea to create a section for crossword puzzles and mazes, and though we decided against it, those would still be cool.

We are not looking for graphic descriptions of trauma, abuse, or non-consensual acts.

We request that you limit the length of your submissions to the following:

  • Poetry: Up to five poems
  • Prose: Up to 2000 words (total, not per piece)
  • Visual art: Up to five pieces
  • Video and audio: Around three minutes

We accept simultaneous submissions. If you need to withdraw your work, please reply to your original submission with which pieces have been accepted elsewhere.

We also accept previously published work. Please include any prior publications in which your submission has appeared within your submission document. 

We offer paid expedited response times and paid feedback options! Click here to learn more.

You can expect to see a response to your submission one week after the closure of the submission period. If you receive a rejection, please wait until the next submission period to contact us again. If you are accepted, we request you wait to submit again until the issue following yours is out  — we want to make room (space, if you will) for new voices.