Review of Danse Macabre

Written by Emily Harstone | January 30, 2014

Most of the journals we have been reviewing lately accept very few creative works; most only accept around 1% or less of the work submitted to them. When you are first starting out, sometimes you just want to get your name out there and have your work published. Danse Macabre accepts almost 70% of the work submitted to them. So if you’re seeking a highly competitive journal, it is not for you.

Because Danse Macabre has such a high acceptance rate it is not the most respected journal, but it has an online journal that is easy to navigate. It is easy to spread the word about your poetry this way, and I know several emerging writers who have started off their career being published in Danse Macabre, and it became an important stepping stone for them.

Danse Macabre is published monthly. They are interested in poetry, short stories, essays, and works of creative non-fiction. They are also open to most genres. They are not particularly interested in traditional literary fiction; they are more interested in creative play with genre. They are also open to publishing excerpts from novels, so it’s a good way to get part of your book out there to the reading public.

They only consider five poems at a time, and one short story at a time. They only consider submissions via their email address. They are not interested in work that has previously appeared online, but they seem open to reprints as long as the work was initially published in print.

If you are interested in submitting to Danse Macabre, consider reading an issue or two for free first. If you want to submit your work to them or learn more, you can read their guidelines here: http://dansemacabreonline.wix.com/dm-archiv#!submit-to-dm!