Write for Us

  1. We are looking for the best writing from members of The Diamond Valley Writers Guild. You must be a member to submit.

  2. We accept short stories, essays, personal memoirs, poetry, book excerpts--in short, anything with literary merit. We do not accept religious, political, or erotic work.

  3. We prefer all submissions to be no longer than 1500 words. Any length greater than this will be considered, but has less chance getting published.

  4. With any work you send, please include a short personal biography, author website address, author photograph, and, if you have one, a photo or illustration that compliments your submission.

  5. Please send your short story, essay, personal memoir, poetry, or book excerpt as a WORD document. No PDF files

  6. Font: Times New Roman. Font size: 12 point. Margins: One inch

  7. On the first page

    1. Upper left corner: Author name, email, phone number

    2. Upper right corner: Word count

    3. Centered mid-page: Title in capitals

    4. Below title: by Author Name

    5. Indent five spaces and begin the story 4 lines below the author name

  8. Page two, and all remaining pages

    1. Upper right corner: header with author last name, abbreviated story title, and page number(no page number on first page)

  9. General

    1. Double space, but not name, contact info or page number. Do not add an additional space between paragraphs

    2. Use only a single space at the end of each sentence after the period and before the start of the new sentence

    3. Center End or The End on its own line to indicate there is no more to the story

    4. Photos must be a separate jpeg (photos embedded in the story do not work)

    5. Poetry: No rules for the poem itself. Be creative

    6. We do not pay for submissions. Perhaps in the future, but for now we are the members of the non-profit Diamond Valley Writers Guild. We publish Straitjackets Magazine for the joy of sharing our work with others.

    7. We expect only one time rights. We will consider reprint material.

The deadline for the spring 2019 issue is March 10, 2019.

Submit your work by sending an e-mail and attachments to  straitjacketsmagazine@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you.
The Straitjackets staff