Issues will launch on the first of every month at midnight, US Eastern time – each publishing work from 28-31 authors. 

Submissions are accepted year-round. Those that are read after the current issue is complete will be considered for future publication.

Acceptances and/or rejections can range from one day to a few weeks, depending on the editor’s time and inbox volume.

Please feel free to send a follow-up/inquiry email concerning the status of your work or if it has been accepted elsewhere. Negative replies to rejections are discouraged. 

  • All submissions must be previously unpublished work, although exceptions can be readily made.
  • Poems of any length are accepted – please send 1-5 (those that rhyme usually aren’t accepted, but are welcome for consideration).
  • Prose must be 3,000 words or less – please send up to 3 pieces.
  • Submissions for “Ragtag” (interviews, book reviews, and miscellany) will be published sporadically throughout the year. Please send one piece (written or audio) at a time. Request submissions are highly encouraged!
  • Please include a short third person bio, your Twitter handle and blog links as well in your email.
  • All written submissions should be attached as a .doc or .docx.
  • When submitting, feel free to be creative with your subject lines. For example, one may choose to write: “URGENT: INEXPLICABLE CONTENT ATTACHED TO CURE HUMAN INDIFFERENCE”, or “DO NOT OPEN IF SENSITIVE TO FLAMMABLE MATERIAL.” Go for it, friend.
  • Pages do not have to be numbered.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, and can be stated in your email.
  • You – the writer, the wielder, the omniscient, will have full creative rights to your work.

*Occulum especially seeks neurodiverse writers and/or writers who often feel ostracized by the mainstream.

*The journal encourages frequent contributors, but if your work was previously accepted for OCCULUM, please wait three months before submitting again.

→ Please submit all material to theocculum@gmail.com and say hi to the editor