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Welcome to Doek!‘s submission page. Please read the submission rules and guidelines below before submitting work for consideration using the portal below.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The following categories of writers, poets, and visual artists may to submit all year-round:

  • Namibians, or those of Namibian descent, residing in Namibia;
  • Namibians, or those of Namibian descent, in the diaspora; and
  • Foreign nationals residing in Namibia who have a direct connection with Namibia (through the work they produce).

Unsolicited submissions from other foreign nationals are not presently accepted.

ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS

Doek! seeks fresh, nuanced, and exciting writing which continuously explores new thematic terrain.

The editorial team considers the following:

  • Narrative (plot)-driven short fiction of any genre such as classic, crime, erotica, fantasy, historical, horror, humour, literary, magical realism, mystery, romance, science fiction, or any experimental writing which creatively blurs the margins between such genres;
  • Creative nonfiction such as essays, memoirs, or narrative nonfiction;
  • Poetry written for the page, not performance; and,
  • Visual art such as drawing (illustration), graphic design, painting, and photography.

SUBMISSION RULES AND GUIDELINES

Writers and poets
  • Only original work will be considered. Previously published work (in any medium, including social media or personal blogs) is not accepted.
  • Novel or manuscript excerpts, film scripts, plays, journalism, and self-help texts are not eligible for consideration.
  • Submissions must be written in English. Writers and poets may use words or phrases from any of Namibia’s indigenous languages provided their meaning can be understood within the text (without resort to glossaries or footnotes).
  • Submissions may not exceed 3000 words. There is no minimum word count.
  • Submissions must be typed: Times New Roman, 12 pt, 2.0 line spacing.
  • The document should only contain the title and the body text of the submission. No identifying details (name, contact number, or email address) may be used in the filename or be placed anywhere in the submission document.
  • Submissions can be sent in any of the following formats: Microsoft Word (.docx and .doc); Rich Text Format (.rtf); and plain text (.txt).
  • Writers and poets cannot submit to or be considered for two or more categories at any given point in time. Each writer and poet must submit to one category and wait to be told about the final outcome of their submission before submitting again. Unsuccessful writers and poets can submit to the same category or a different category if their submissions are not accepted for publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted and should be retracted when accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Writers and poets who have been published in Doek! must wait one year from the date of their publication before submitting to the magazine again.
  • Writers and poets must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.
Visual artists
  • Only original work will be considered. Previously published work (in any medium, including social media or personal blogs) is not accepted.
  • Visual artists must submit five (5) images from a project in .jpeg or .jpg format for consideration. If accepted for publication, more images will be requested. (A published project typically has 10-15 images.)
  • Each image may not be larger than 1.5 MB.
  • Image resolution must be 300dpi. Image width must be exactly 1500px. Height is variable.
  • Images must use the submission title as their filename and must be numbered sequentially.
  • Images must not have watermarks on them.
  • Visual artists must submit a short write-up (or abstract) about the project. The write-up may not be longer than 200 words.
  • Write-ups must be typed: Times New Roman, 12 pt, 2.0 line spacing. The document should only contain the title and the body text of the write-up. No identifying details (name, contact number, or email address) may be used in the filename or be placed anywhere in the write-up document.
  • Write-ups can be sent in any of the following formats: Microsoft Word (.docx and .doc); Rich Text Format (.rtf); and plain text (.txt).
  • Visual artists cannot submit to or be considered for two or more categories at any given point in time. Each visual artist must wait to be told about the final outcome of their submission before submitting again. Unsuccessful visual artists are free to submit other visual arts projects or written work if their submissions are not accepted for publication.
  • Visual artists who have been published in Doek! must wait one year from the date of their publication before submitting to the magazine again.
  • Visual artists who work with models must have model release forms or agreements from participating models before submitting projects for consideration. If accepted for publication, visual artists must furnish proof of their model release forms.
  • Visual artists must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.

The editorial team strives to provide feedback to everyone who submits. This is not always possible. However, whenever time permits, general feedback shall be given to unsuccessful writes, poets, and visual artists.

RIGHTS, PAYMENTS, AND CONTRACTS

Copyrights of published content are owned by individual contributors in their personal capacities.

The copyright owner, agrees to license their work(s) to Doek! to exclusively publish online and distribute the work(s) throughout the world for a period of three months from the date of publication. Thereafter, the copyright owner is free to publish the work(s) elsewhere provided they credit Doek! as the publisher-of-first-instance for works later published in anthologies, collections, or volumes.

In the event Doek! republishes the work(s) in a print publication offered for sale a copy of the said publication will be sent to each copyright holder. A separate royalty/one-off payment will be made to each respective copyright holder.

Doek! does not make any money from its website or from its contributors’ content. The editorial team uses their own resources, efforts, and time to read, select, edit, and publish accepted submissions. As such, Doek! does not currently pay its contributors. This position will be revisited should the magazine become able to remunerate its contributors.

Each contributor is provided with a simple and clear publishing contract which lists and explains their rights and obligations between them and Doek!.

SUBMISSION PORTAL

Please provide a valid email address so the editorial team can get in touch with you regarding your submission.
Please provide a valid phone number (preferably Namibian) so the editorial team can contact you regarding your submission.
Please state how you meet Doek!'s eligibility criteria.
You can only submit to one category at a time. Please wait to be notified of your submission's status before resubmitting again.
Provide an accurate word count. Submissions for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry may not exceed 3000 words (excluding the title). Visual art write-ups may not exceed 200 words.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Use your submission's title as the document's filename. Only the following formats are accepted: .docx, .doc, .rtf. and .txt. Do not include your name, number, email address, or any other identifying details in the filename or in the document itself. If you are submitting poetry, please avoid strange or unusual formatting.
Write a brief third-person biography about yourself containing your education background, profession, and list of prior publications (if any). For the preferred style, consult the latest issue of Doek!. Your biography may not exceed 100 words.
Provide your Twitter or Instagram handle.
IMPORTANT: 1) Submitting writers must accept ALL the terms and conditions to have their work considered. 2) Failure to tick and accept all the conditions will result in submitted work being disqualified from consideration. 3) Writers who fraudulently claim to satisfy the magazine's terms and conditions will not have their work considered; furthermore they shall not be permitted to submit work for consideration to Doek! again. 4) Submitting writers are encouraged to make sure their work conforms to the prescribed format.
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