PLEASE NOTE: This submission is for the intent of live readings at the 2018 Death Rattle Writers Festival held October 5th, 6th and 7th in Downtown Nampa, ID. The writer must be available for those dates to be considered. Unpublished and published work are both accepted for the fest. Please allow up to one month for us to read and reply to your submission. 

The festival last year was a huge success thanks to all of the participants amazing work everyone was willing to share with us and our community. Can’t wait to see what we all can accomplish in 2019.  

✹ Come join us for this adult all-levels Four-week comic creating workshop! We will be creating comics/zines focusing on: Narrative & Dialogue, Character Creation, Paneling, Zine & Printmaking and Peer Review.

Each class will have an open hour prior to the class start time to free draw, socialize, and share/read comics brought by instructors or other peers. This workshop will meet Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM on August 4th, 11th, 18th, and Sept 1st.

Sometimes our emotions and experiences are so transformative that the best way to articulate ourselves is through a tactile relationship between words and visuals. Comic books communicate an intense atmosphere that delves thoughtfully into the themes anywhere from hyper realism, poetics, stoner humor, fantasy/sci-fi fiction, horror and abstract surrealism.

These workshops are intended to encourage a creative space for both visual and narrative based artists that will replicate and draw from the vitality and social energy of zine fairs and comics festivals. We want to highlight and build a community around how comics are made starting with the underlying creative labour that gets a comic started in the creator and to how it gets onto the page.

This workshop series is age: 18+ 

Limited capacity of 12 students for this series.

Workshop flat fee $27 per student (this one time fee goes directly back to paying the 3 instructors and towards bringing in 2 writer/comic book artist for Death Rattle Writers Festival to teach free workshops during the 2019 festival).

Register/Reserve now to grab a spot!

We look forward to spending time with you and your work! 


This workshop series will take place in Nampa, Idaho.

Submissions for poetry, flash fiction, and prose are currently open for Death Rattle 2019!
Poetry and Prose submissions will close September 15th.
Flash Fiction submissions close September 20th

Please Note: This submission is for the intent of live readings at the 2019 Death Rattle Writers Festival held October 4th, 5th, and 6th in Downtown Nampa, Idaho. The writer must be available for those dates to be considered. Unpublished and published work are both accepted for this event. Please allow up to two weeks after submissions close for us to reply to regarding your submission. 

Additionally, if/when you receive your letter of acceptance to read at the fest, please send us a prompt reply confirming with us that you are indeed available to attend the festival and will be present to read live in the slot you are scheduled in. 

Do you want to participate/vend at the 2O19 Death Rattle Book Fair Party?           
Let us know when you submit if you would like free space at the book fair to sell your books, comics, chapbooks, zines, merch, etc.! Check the box for yes on your submittable form to give us a heads up, and then head on over to our Book Fair Application at

Email with any questions.


  • Please include a 100-word Bio statement along with your submission.
  • Prose (includes essays, flash fiction, short stories, non fiction etc.) submissions should be double-spaced and not exceed 800 words. On the first page of your manuscript, please include your name, word count and whether your piece is fiction or non-fiction. 
  • Poetry submissions are limited to 6 poems. However, you MUST send us a minimum of 2 works, as we cannot get a feel for your style and intention or how your work would fit into a reading showcase without being able to review multiple pieces. We look at excerpts from long poems, too.
  •  On the first page, please include your Name. When submitting through our online submission manager, please put all poems into the same document. Please use .doc, .docx, or .txt, please do NOT use .PDF. 
  • Flash Fiction submissions are 5OO words or less, on this years theme TBA soooooooon

 Please label your file LASTNAME.SUBMISSIONGENRE i.e. prose, poetry, or flash fiction.

Adult/explicit content is fine but in no way will the use of hate-speech, slurs, or phobic or ablest language be tolerated or accepted.

We look forward to reading your work and getting to know you! 

Death Rattle Writers Festival