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For up to date submissions info, go to our Submittable page by clicking on the link below:

Submissions via Submittable

We only take submissions via submittable. We’re not currently accepting submissions but will begin again in March 2021. Click on the Submittable link above for more in depth information.

Submission to and acceptance by Dead Mule grants us first electronic and indefinite archival rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication. Please credit Dead Mule as the first publisher if you reprint elsewhere; we like seeing our name in print, too. Writer’s agreeing to be published on the Dead Mule also grant the right of the Mule to read their work on Brain Fertilizer, our podcast. If one does not wish to be read on the podcast, please tell us. We’ll notify you, way in advance, if we want to read your work so we can properly attribute your writing.

We expect your writing to be finished and ready for publication. We don’t run it through a grammar check. Make sure your work is ready; don’t ask us to let you edit at the last minute due to a misspelled word or other edit. Send us finished work!

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T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and all, go to our CAFEPRESS store. Any money made off the sale of merchandise pays our server/GoDaddy fees. Trust me, we don’t mark up anything much, so there’s little money to be made. That said, buy a mule shirt, be a cool kid! We occasionally have writing competitions for Dead Mule Mugs. Here’s the link:

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Okay then, see yall in the funny papers. Be sure and read our about page.

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Our Sister Site while we work on restoring this Mule will remain the wordpress blog site until at least 2020.

“No good Southern fiction, poetry or essay is complete without a dead mule.”

Celebrate the Mule! Celebrate the Jackalope, a Southern friend to all. Kinda’ like a bullfrog, it gets into your memory and burrrreeeeps its way out.

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From the original Mule Statement of Reason, 1996:

We appreciate all the quirks, follies, and faults that have brought the region to where it is today. If our beloved “below the Mason-Dixon Line” self gives way to the influences of a status quo world which requires all people to be of one idea ”to walk in lock-step with all others” — we cease to be The South. (Things have come a long way since 1996 but our fairness and willingness to publish any writing worth reading has not changed in 24 years)

Simply put ”Let us celebrate the individual”. The South revels in individuality. Freedom and the right to be southern. It’s not a curse-word, or a curse. It’s just little old us. Not one race, not one religion, and certainly not just one cause!

The South contains all sides of all arguments. Damn sure many of them are wrong but we’re not here to argue, we’re here to celebrate that which is good in the southern climes of anywhere.

Help the best of The South stay as is. Let the bitter past be studied not re-lived. We don’t live with Rebel flag bearer stereotypical trouble makers, we live in the real south — and hopefully you can find us delightful.

Remember, please, we are not simply a bunch of back-ass swamp-dwelling moonshine-drinking raccoon-hunting mother lovers. We are ” arguably” the last true bastion of individuality left in the US. The Dead Mule Southern Legitimacy Statement is about describing those things which are uniquely southern, wherever you are.

We are Carolina Dogs and raccoon Jumping Mules, raccoons and possums, and all things that go bump in the night. All the humidity makes us really testy at times but sweet tea heals all wounds.

*Interesting to note how many “southern online literary journals” have echoed this original premise. We’ve been here since 1996, so we can truly claim to the be first to put the south online. Welcome to our Mule.