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Tu le connais, lecteur, ce monstre délicat,
— Hypocrite lecteur, — mon semblable, — mon frère!
You know him, reader, that refined monster,
—Hypocrite reader,—my twin,— my brother!
(Charles Beaudelaire, “Au Lecteur,” Fleurs de Mal)

What do you have that’s edgy? We have long insisted that we are progressive, diverse, averse to anything racist or sexist, but unafraid of being edgy. Indeed, we have always seen ourselves as a vehicle for art marginalized by the insular esthetic of Delaware’s political economy as well as its insular geography, which this writer once referred to as America’s diverticulum, where all the shit gets stuck.

Not to demean those publishing in the broader landscape, but there is a lot of tippy-toe literature out there, enlightened maybe, but unwilling to unveil the dark side, the twist in one’s smile, the ambiguous, neurotic, neuro-atypical soul sloshing heavily through the shallows, unable, as in a nightmare, to reach shore. Sure, to quote ourselves, “We like everything from avant-guard to home-spun.” But let’s let our guards down; let’s prick our dainties on the spindles. Show us those lines you concealed for what they revealed, hypocrite lecteur!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (Read these carefully, or you may be ignored.)

We accept literary submissions in any genre from Delawareans and those in the Delaware Diaspora. We solicit our own visual art. Generally, we do not reprint previously published contemporary work although one previously published poem in a sequence of unpublished poems might be permissible; just make sure we know, so we can give credit. Our reading periods are during the months of December and June for our spring and fall issues, respectively. Anything received outside of these submission periods will not be accepted or answered. Our summer issue is curated without submissions.

Send up to 5 poems of no more than 5 pages. For prose, 10 pages is roughly the limit. Begin no more than one poem on a page and make your stanza breaks clear. Send your work to dreamstreets(dot)press(at)gmail(dot)com AS A SINGLE ATTACHED DOCUMENT in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). PLEASE, DO NOT MAKE US OPEN AND KEEP TRACK OF SEVERAL DOCUMENTS. Write “Submission” in the email subject heading. IN YOUR SINGLE DOCUMENT, include a cover page with name, address, phone number, email, and a short bio of 50 words or less, and indicate your connection to Delaware. Those who need to use snail mail may address a hard copy of their submission to Dreamstreets Press, P. O. Box 4593, Newark, DE 19715. Double space prose, single space poetry, use 12-pt Times New Roman font, and remove extra space between paragraphs. Align text left, except for special or unusual typography, in which case, we may have to work with you to render it faithfully.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know in your cover letter if you are courting another and inform us immediately if your work becomes elsewhere engaged. We reserve first serial rights until publication, when all rights revert to the author. Our rights include electronic as well as print publication and magazine re-prints. Please give Dreamstreets credit if you re-publish your work.

Submit only once per reading period in each genre unless we ask for more. Our editorial committee will review your work and get back to you before the next issue.