Duende is currently closed for submissions.
We will reopen submissions for our Spring 2015 issue on September 1, 2014.
Our inaugural issue, Fall 2014, will appear in October 2014!
Thank you to everyone who sent us work!
Duende: “a sort of corkscrew that can get art
into the sensibility of an audience . . .
it climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.”
-- Federico García Lorca, “Theory and Play of the Duende,” 1933
Duende tastes good on the tongue and caresses the ear. Duende seeks authenticity
& soulfulness, earthiness & expressiveness, a chill up the spine. It encompasses
darkness and intensity; elicits sorrow and joy; wrests a response from the body.
If your poetry is rough-cut diamonds, slightly off-kilter; if your fiction will make us
feel more human and less alone; if you enjoy exploration of new forms at the edges
of the literary universe; if you can bring us elegant translations of literature from far
corners of the globe; if your nonfiction is wild and honest; if your visual art is raw and
earnest…show us. We want to see it.
We will reopen for submissions September 1, 2014.
Our first (all online) issue launches in October 2014.
We welcome prose, poetry, translations, visual art, and hybrid work. We especially
welcome collaborations by two or more writers, as well as writers with visual artists.
Please see our submissions guidelines.
We care about you, what you write and who you are. Duende is committed to having a majority of the
writers and artists in our journal come from groups that are underrepresented in today’s U.S. literary
ecosystem. That is to say, most of the work we publish will be from writers and artists who are queer, of
color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and /or otherwise from communities that are
too often overlooked by literary gatekeepers. We look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks to the Gunst Foundation for its major support of Duende.
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