POETRY ● FICTION ● COMICS⁣⁣

Submissions for Penrose Poetry Prize 2021 are currently open! 

Submissions for OROBORO Vol. 6 are open for poetry, fiction, and comics.

We also have registration open for an upcoming workshop on "Mind Mapping; intuitive poetry and comics in private." Check it out below.

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OROBORO is an online literary journal, published bi-annually by Death Rattle, aimed at publishing and promoting poets, authors, and artists. We publish new work from both established and emerging writers. Before you submit, we encourage you to take a look at previous issues to get a feel for what we are looking for.

We look forward to reading your submission!

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Our editing services are currently open! Send us work below for that extra personal feedback to really polish your poem packet before sending it out into the submission world.

We are un-paid editors reading hundreds of submissions monthly for our regular published issues of OROBORO. Charging here helps to offset that time, labor and expertise donated when reading general submissions. Most times, you'll receive feedback from both editors so you are actually getting two sets of eyes on your work! 

We take the reading of and feedback towards yours work seriously and want to take the time to give you the best, most personalized feedback towards your work as we can! 

There is opportunity for scholarship or discount with our editing pricing -- just email us at deathrattlewriter@gmail.com with how many poems you are looking to have feedback on and we can discuss! 

IMPORTANT NOTE!! Both editing forms are for EDITING SERVICES only and are NOT a submission for PUBLICATION in our journal. They will not be considered for publication. If submitted in error, we of course can refund your editing fee. 

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For all Submissions:

  • All submissions must include a cover letter. A cover letter includes a short biography about yourself and your work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed and encouraged, just let us know if a portion or the whole of the submission
    is accepted elsewhere via a submittable note or email.
  • Submissions should include work in one file in .docx or pdf.
  • We accept submissions from all ages and from anywhere in the world
  • Past submitters to previous issues of Oroboro are totally welcome to submit!
  • Please do not send us previously published work.
  • Only one submission per open reading period.
  • All rights revert to the authors upon publication, though we ask you cite OROBORO when published elsewhere or in anthology.
  • If you are unable to submit your work online or experience any difficulties with our submittable, please let us know at deathrattlewriter@gmail.com

Poetry: 
5-6 poems and / or 10 pages. We look at excerpts from long poems, too.
Submissions should include work in one file in .docx or pdf.

Fiction:
1000 word limit. We look at excerpts from longer work, too.
Submissions should include work in one file in .docx or pdf.

Comics:

5(ish) page submission limit. Again, we prefer more than one page of comics / multiple pieces submitted so we are more able to get a feel for your style and intention. If you don’t have more than one piece, giving us context for your comic submission and your work (and include links to other work if you can) in your cover letter would be greatly appreciated in reviewing your submission.

Submissions should include work in one image file, .jpeg, or pdf.

300 dpi minimum. No larger than 8.5 x 11 in: (there’s some artistic wiggle room with this one.)


*MIND MAPPING* (intuitive poetry comics in private) 

What does your brain do when you’re not listening to it?

Together, we will learn about using our sketchbooks as a daily devotion of personal storytelling. Looking at the intersection of wordℑ, and the ways that some artists use the poetics of image alone, we will distill what is most important for each of us. Then looking inward, we will find what feels good, and find our stories to tell.

1 part lecture and 1 part studio time AN INTERACTIVE SLIDESHOW; participants will walk away with many new exercises to do in their sketchbooks, and a new way of thinking about making intuitively in private.

Sun Nov 7th as a part of Literally Crawling Virtual Lit-Crawl 2021

3:30pm PST/ 4:30pm MST/ 5:30pm CST/ 6:30pm EST

Register to attend! $12 Donation - All donations will go towards paying the instructor for their time and expertise shared with us during class.

More about Literally Crawling here and here.

About the Instructor:

Mara Ramirez is a nonbinary artist, educator, and caregiver making comics in the Bay Area, California. Their comics and animations are mainly autobiographical and somewhat experimental, and concern matters of intimacy, trauma, and healing. They play with abstraction and the action of mark making as a means of distorting (and in doing so, clarifying) their own experiences through the filter of emotion and memory. These stories range in content: existentialism, climate grief, gender, and childcare are some of the topics that have emphasis.

In addition to their work as a nanny, artist, and teacher, Mara is also a collaborator. They are ⅓ of the founders and organizers of FREAK COMICS, a comics collective that self publishes anthologies and independent work, as well as organizing community events for comics lovers, and traveling internationally to table at book fairs and comic festivals. They work with Chapter 510, illustrating stories that middle schoolers have written, and volunteering time to live draw along with stories elementary students are weaving out of thin air. They also work with Poster Syndicate, a local printmaking group that brings art and design to many different movements, in hopes that their message can be seen and heard more loudly. They help organize two different mutual aid projects across the Bay Area, from Bay Bridge Solidarity, prioritizing the needs of their unhoused neighbors, to I.A.F.S., an independent, up and coming, horizontally taught free school that “prioritizes mutual aid and democracy in order to foster art and learning in the wakes of SFAI's closure, the Coronavirus Pandemic, the intensifying crisis in higher education, rapid climate change, and worldwide movements for economic and racial justice.”

Find their work https://planetmars.earth/ and https://www.freakcomix.com/

Penrose Poetry Prize for work by LGBTQIA+ Writers
Submissions Open September 1st until November 20th at Midnight, Mountain Standard Time.


The intention of the Oroboro: Penrose Poetry Prize is to uphold and celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices in the poetry community; those who do not identify as LGBTQIA+ will have the opportunity to submit to other writing contests hosted by Oroboro in the future. Past submitters and/or folks published in previous issues of Oroboro are totally welcome to submit! 


The Prize:
$200, $100, and $50 cash awards to three winners with works to be published in a special Penrose volume of Oroboro, with a special note on the first place work from our 2021 guest judge, Isaura Ren. A long list, short list, and honorable mentions to be announced at date of publication.


1-3 poems maximum per entry
We accept submissions from all ages and from anywhere in the world
All submissions must include a cover letter including how you fit the contest requirements.  A cover letter also includes why you are submitting to the Oroboro Penrose Poetry Prize and a short biography about yourself and/or your work.

Submissions should include work in one file in .docx or pdf.
Please do not send us previously published work.
We also recommend that this *not* be a simultaneous submission as pieces that might be published elsewhere during the submission and jurying period cannot be considered for the prize as we would not want to publish a piece that will have thusly been previously published before the award is given.


Only one submission per open reading period.

All rights revert to the authors upon publication, though we ask you cite OROBORO Penrose Poetry Prize when published elsewhere or in anthology.
If you are unable to submit your work online or experience any difficulties with our submittable, please let us know at deathrattlewriter@gmail.com

We look forward to reading your submissions!

5-6 poems and / or 10 pages. We look at excerpts from long poems, too.

Submissions should include work in one file in .doc, .docx, or pdf.


All submissions must include a cover letter. A cover letter includes why you are submitting to OROBORO and a short biography about yourself and your work.

Link us to your social media after your bio if you would like! We'd love to follow you and be able to share your work upon publication.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed and encouraged, just let us know if a portion or the whole of the submission is accepted elsewhere via a submittable note or email as soon as possible.

If we’ve published you before, you’re allowed to resubmit to Oroboro again.

Please do not send us previously published poems.

Only one submission per open reading period.

Any unsolicited submissions sent to us outside of our submission period will be discarded.

All work will be copy edited for design purposes.

All rights revert to the authors upon publication, though we ask you cite Oroboro when published elsewhere or in anthology.





Thank you for considering OROBORO as a home for your work!




Editing services from our editorial team available https://deathrattlewritersfest.org/editing

1000 word limit. We look at excerpts from longer work, too.



Submissions should include work in one file in .docx or pdf.

Please include submissions in the following format: LASTNAME.FICTION



All submissions must include a cover letter. A cover letter includes why you are submitting to OROBORO and a short biography about yourself.

Link us to your social media after your bio if you would like! We'd love to follow you.



Simultaneous submissions are allowed and encouraged, just let us know if a portion or the whole of the submission is accepted elsewhere via a submittable note or email as soon as possible.

If we’ve published you before, you’re allowed to resubmit to Oroboro again.

Please do not send us previously published work.

Only one submission per open reading period.

Any unsolicited submissions sent to us outside of our submission period will be discarded.

All work will be copy edited for design purposes.

All rights revert to the authors upon publication, though we ask you cite Oroboro when published elsewhere or in anthology.





Thank you for considering OROBORO as a home for your work.



Editing services from our editorial team available https://deathrattlewritersfest.org/editing

Yes! We take comics! We love comics!


5(ish) page submission limit. Again, we prefer more than one page of comics / multiple pieces submitted so we are more able to get a feel for your style and intention. If you don’t have more than one piece, giving us context for your comic submission and your work (and include links to other work if you can) in your cover letter would be greatly appreciated.


Submissions should include work in one image file, .jpeg, or pdf. 


300 dpi minimum. No larger than 8.5 x 11 in: (there’s some artistic wiggle room with this one.) 


All submissions must include a cover letter. A cover letter includes why you are submitting to OROBORO and a short biography about yourself. 


Simultaneous submissions are allowed and encouraged, just let us know if a portion or the whole of the submission is accepted elsewhere via a submittable note or email.


If we’ve published you before, you’re allowed to resubmit to Oroboro again.


Please do not send us previously published work. 


Only one submission per open reading period. 


Any unsolicited submissions sent to us outside of our submission period will be discarded.


All work will be copy edited for design purposes.


All rights revert to the authors upon publication, though we ask you cite Oroboro when published elsewhere or in anthology.




Thank you for considering OROBORO as a home for your work.




Comic editing services from our editorial team available: https://deathrattlewritersfest.org/editing

As a writing community working remotely and with submission opportunities opening, we want to be sure to still offer as many ways to work together as possible.

If you are preparing work to submit to submit to our publication or elsewhere and want that extra personal feedback on your work before sending it out into the submission world we are here for you.

We are un-paid editors reading hundreds of submissions monthly for our regular published issues of OROBORO. Charging $32 here helps to offset that time, labor and expertise when reading general submissions. Let's support each other and get your art out into the world! 


$32 in-writing review for:
Up to 3 poems

  • In-depth 1-1 feedback towards your work
  • Line-Editing
  • Advice and resources on submitting for publication

+ $10 Cover Letter and Artist bio Editing and Advice

  • Feedback on your cover letter and artist bio
  • Advice on what information to include and how


We will get our feedback to you within 2-4 weeks as we are able.

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IMPORTANT NOTE!! This form is for EDITING SERVICES only and are NOT a submission for PUBLICATION in our journal. They will not be considered for publication. If submitted in error, we of course can refund your editing fee.

$80 in-writing review for:

4 to 8 Poems 

  • In-depth 1-1 Feedback towards your work
  • Line-Editing
  • Advice and resources on submitting for publication

+ $10 Cover Letter and Artist bio Editing and Advice

  • Feedback on your cover letter and artist bio
  • Advice on what information to include and how


We will get our feedback to you within 2-4 weeks as we are able.


We are un-paid editors reading hundreds of submissions monthly for our regular published issues of OROBORO. Charging $80 here helps to offset that time, labor and expertise when reading general submissions. We try to keep our pricing affordable and accessible because we believe in up-and-coming writers, writers outside of a university setting, writers outside of a robust writing community deserve the same time and attention to their work as anyone inside more established writing resources. However; to be transparent about the time spent individually critiquing 8 pieces, we as editors are making $10-$15 an hour, which is to say, below industry standard. We take the reading of and feedback towards yours work seriously and want to take the time to give you the best, most personalized feedback towards your work as we can! 


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IMPORTANT NOTE!! This form is for EDITING SERVICES only and are NOT a submission for PUBLICATION in our journal. They will not be considered for publication. If submitted in error, we of course can refund your editing fee.

We offer personalized feedback on your cover letter and artist bio that you want to polish before sending it out into the world with your work! 

$10 Cover Letter and Artist bio Editing and Advice

  • Feedback on your cover letter and artist bio
  • Advice on what information to include, how, and why


We are un-paid editors reading hundreds of submissions monthly for our regular published issues of OROBORO. Charging $10 here helps to offset that time, labor and expertise when reading general submissions. Let's support each other and get your art out into the world! 

We will get our feedback to you within 2-4 weeks as we are able.

$45 in-writing review for:

One Flash Fiction (Less than 900-1000 words)

  • Feedback towards your work
  • Line-Editing
  • Advice and resources on submitting for publication

+ $10 Cover Letter and Artist bio Editing and Advice

  • Feedback on your cover letter and artist bio
  • Advice on what information to include and how


Please allow 1-4 weeks for us to get your feedback to you as we are able. 

Thank you for sharing your work with us and for the courage to have feedback/constructive criticism with your work! 

We are un-paid editors reading hundreds of submissions monthly for our regular published issues of OROBORO. Charging $ here helps to offset that time, labor and expertise when reading general submissions. In return, we take the reading of and feedback towards yours work seriously and want to take the time to give you the best, most personalized feedback towards your work as we can! We try to keep our pricing affordable and accessible because we believe in up-and-coming writers, writers outside of a university setting, writers outside of a robust writing community deserve the same time and attention to their work as anyone inside more established writing resources. 

Death Rattle