Duende is open for submissions!
We opened for Spring 2015 submissions on Labor Day. The spring submissions window closes on November 15, 2014. Please submit as soon as you can.

Our inaugural issue appears in October 2014!

Thank you for reading.

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 are open for submissions September 1 through November 15, 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 for details. 


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.


Thank you.

...The duende is a force not a labor, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: ‘The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.’ Meaning, it’s not a question of skill, but of a style that’s truly alive: meaning, it’s in the veins: meaning, it’s of the most ancient culture of immediate creation.
— Federico García Lorca

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Thanks to the Gunst Foundation for its major support of Duende.

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