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The Drift - Fiction (Poetry) (Nonfiction)

The Drift aims to introduce new work and new ideas by young writers who haven’t yet been absorbed into the media hivemind and don’t feel hemmed in by the boundaries of the existing discourse.

We want |
sharp, surprising interventions; socially engaged cultural criticism; class-sensitive analysis; pieces that point out what’s being avoided or talked around in politics, media, arts, or even academia; upbeat cynicism; un-self-serious screeds; generous takedowns; entries from the margins; fiction; poetry; 150-word reviews of books/ films/ TV shows/ art/ ephemera.

Market Genres

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
0 to 1000 words
50 cents/word

Short Story
1000 to 2000 words
25 cents/word

Short Story
2000 to 3000 words
16 cents/word

Short Story
3000 to 4000 words
12 cents/word

Short Story
4000 to 5000 words
10 cents/word

Short Story
5000 to 6000 words
8 cents/word

Short Story
6000 to 7000 words
7 cents/word

Short Story
7000 to 7500 words
6 cents/word

7500 to 8000 words
6 cents/word

8000 to 10000 words
5 cents/word

10000 to 12000 words
4 cents/word

12000 to 16000 words
3 cents/word

16000 to 17500 words
2 cents/word

17500 to 25000 words
2 cents/word

25000 to 40000 words
1 cent/word

Note: This publication does not state a clear max word count, so the max word count for this listing has been set to a default.

Market Submission Types
AI Submissions?: Unknown Policy
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: No
Translations: Original Language Only

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There are 161 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 12 | Average: 46.98 | Median: 37 | Max: 238
96.89% - avg 46 days (7.69% of rejections are personal)
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Listing added: 7 January 2022

Last officially checked: 17 January 2024

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