Submissions open from January 20 to March 20.

Accepted submissions to be published in April issue of OROBORO.


Note: These are not submissions for reading your work live at Death Rattle Writers Festival.

For festival submissions, please visit the festvial page here.



5-6 poems and / or 10 pages. We look at excerpts from long poems, too.

Submissions should include work in one file in .docx or pdf.



1000 word limit. We look at excerpts from longer work, too.

Submissions should include work in one file in .docx or pdf.



Yes! We take comics! 

4 page submission limit. 

Submissions should include work in one image file, .jpeg, or pdf. 

300 dpi minimum, no larger than 8.5 x 11 in. 


Death Rattle Review

Submissions for our blog Death Rattle Review are always open!  We publish non-fiction essays, interviews, and reviews on books, poetry, movies, community events and culture. Send us your submission at


OROBORO hosts two annual literary contests, with a distinguished guest judge. Contest includes a $100 Honorarium and a statement from the judge about your work. We announce certain stipulations or themes for submitting upon opening for submission. Our contest submission period is open twice a year from March 1 to May BLANK and again from September 1 through November BLANK. 

All submissions must include a cover letter. A cover letter includes why you are submitting to OROBORO and a short biography about yourself. 

Simultaneous submissions are allowed and encouraged, just let us know if a portion or the whole of the submission is accepted elsewhere via a submittable note or email.

If we’ve published you before, you’re allowed to resubmit to Oroboro again.

Please do not send us previously published work. 

Only one submission per open reading period although we encourage you to submit again. 

Any unsolicited submissions sent to us outside of our submission period will be discarded.

All work will be copy edited for design purposes.

All rights revert to the authors upon publication, though we ask you cite Oroboro when published elsewhere or in anthology.

If you are unable to submit your work online or experience any difficulties with our submittable, please let us know at