Submissions

Submissions

Submission Guidelines

General

Make sure your piece is specifically about drinking. Specifically. We’re looking for work by actual drinkers writing from experience, not mercenary “professional writers” (and I use that term extremely loosely) trying to jump into some random niche. Trust me, we can recognize the difference almost immediately.

If you don’t hear from us within three months, you may deduce your submission wasn’t selected. If you plan on sending follow-up emails, please do not submit. We edit for content and space, sometimes rather heavily, so be prepared for changes.

Send your electronic submissions to: [email protected] in either .txt, .rtf or Microsoft Word format.

Poetry

Shorter pieces are more likely to be printed. Occasionally we print an epic, but it has to be very good. Send them here.

Fiction

Due to a massive backlog we are not currently accepting Fiction/Drinking Stories.

We accept all manner of fiction, though experimental fiction is less likely to be published. Hemingway, F. Scott, Parker, J.P. Donleavy and Bukowski are good models to follow. Follow–not mimic.

We’re looking for stories with a positive view of drinking — if we wanted boo-hoo ballyhoo we’d go to an AA meeting.

The story should be imbued with drinking. If alcohol doesn’t rear its lovely head on the first page, you’re submitting to the wrong magazine.

Putting a drink in the hand of your protagonist does not a drinking story make. If you can replace the booze with coffee and the plot isn’t affected, you’re trying to pull a fast one.

Avoid writing about writing and being a writer.

While it’s commendable that you wrote the piece while hammered, that’s no excuse for haphazard grammar and bizarre punctuation. Leave that to us, we’re quite good at it.

Exclamation points do not make a sentence more powerful. Not even triple exclamation points.

The vast majority of our submissions are fiction, so realize the competition is ferocious.

We get a lot of angry rants and “Me and My Buddies Went Out Drinking Last Night” type submissions, so that sort has to be exceptional to make the cut.

One to four thousand words.

Articles

This category is most in demand, and the range is broad. It could be historical (Drinking in Colonial America, Ancient Greece, etc.), humorous, or instructional.

Put some time in it, if you just dash something off without doing any research, it most likely won’t be accepted, or even acknowledged. Make sure you have a point.

One to four thousand words.

Payment

Our rate of payment is ten cents per published word for articles and short stories. Published poetry will receive issues of the relevant issue. All we want is first-time publishing rights in print and on the web, then the ownership of the story, article or poem reverts back to the author.