✹ Currently Open:

If you would like to sign up to have free tabling space where you would be able to discuss, share, sell, and promote your artistic endeavors, sign up for the 2019 Death Rattle Book fair below! All profits you make at the festival would go straight to you. We had a really positive book fair last year and the community looks forward to seeing and purchasing your art this coming season! Apply here!


Submissions to perform your poetry, flash fiction, and prose are currently CLOSED for Death Rattle Writers Fest 2019!

If you are looking to submit to our partner lit journal OROBORO, click here ! Submissions for POETRY, FICTION, and COMICS are currently CLOSED. Stay tuned for Vol. 2 !!!

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted to the fest in 2018 —
The festival was a huge success thanks to all of the participants amazing work everyone was willing to share with us and our community. Can’t wait to see what we all can accomplish in 2019.

✉  Poetry, Prose, and Flash Fiction submissions closed.

PLEASE NOTE: This submission is for the intent of live readings at the 2018 Death Rattle Writers Festival held October 5th, 6th and 7th in Downtown Nampa, ID. The writer must be available for those dates to be considered. Unpublished and published work are both accepted for the fest. Please allow up to one month for us to read and reply to your submission. 

Additionally, if/when you receive your letter of acceptance to read at the fest, please send us a prompt reply confirming with us that you are indeed available to attend the festival and will be present to read live in the slot you are scheduled in. 

Do you want to participate/vend at the Death Rattle Book Fair?

Let us know when you submit if you would like free space at the book fair to sell your books, comics, chapbooks, or zines, merch, etc.! Check the box for yes on your submittable form. Email sarah@deathrattlewritersfest.org with any questions.


  • Please include a 100-word Bio statement along with your submission

  • Prose (includes essays, flash fiction, short stories, non fiction, comics, etc.) submissions should be double-spaced and not exceed 800 words. On the first page of your manuscript, please include your name, word count and whether your piece is fiction or non-fiction.

  • Poetry submissions are limited to 6 poems. On the first page, please include your name. When submitting through our online submission manager, please put all poems into the same document. Please use .doc, .docx, or .txt, please do NOT use .pdf.

  • Flash Fiction submissions are 5OO words or less, on this years theme ORACLES & OATHBREAKERS.

    Want to write about a night elf on the search for the most perfect cauldron? A classic wealth goblin on a woodsy quest? A paladin lamenting their curs-ed broadsword?

    Then get ready to enter the land of ORACLES AND OATHBREAKERS : a world of Fantasy, Folktales, Fiefdoms, Familiars, Liches & Lords, Hexcraft & Heraldry, Druids & Fluids ..... sharpen your sword on a fictional whetstone and enscribe a story that is ≥ 500 words to be read aloud at flash fiction night during the Festival!

  • Please label your submission LASTNAME.SUBMISSIONGENRE i.e. poetry, prose, flash fiction.