Submissions for Issue 2 closed on the 22nd of November 2021. You’ll be able to find active submission calls on our Twitter and Instagram!

What We Want

We never have a set theme. If it’s disturbing and disruptive, we want it. We have a particular interest in anything that fits in our favourite literary genre of the ‘strange woman’; women that are strange, subversive, or breaking the mould.

Who We Want

We welcome writing from anyone comfortable with the Catatonic Daughter label. We particularly welcome submissions from marginalised communities that are underrepresented in literature – including people of colour, disabled writers, and LGBTQIA+ writers. Catatonic Daughters is strictly a welcome space for trans & non-binary writers.

General Guidelines

We want your work, even if you’ve never been published before! Catatonic Daughters publishes poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, and visual art.

  • You can submit up to 3,000 words of prose, up to 15 pages of script, up to 5 pieces of visual art or up to 5 poems
  • In the case of writing, we accept .docx or .pdf files, and we prefer an easy-to-read 12-point font
  • Submissions might be edited, but it’s a collaborative process with the author and we will never make any major changes without your approval
  • We do not accept previously published work, but we welcome simultaneous submissions. Just send us an email as soon as you receive notice of acceptance elsewhere!
  • Submission is completely free & you retain the copyright to your work

To be considered, submit your writing to with a short bio letting us know a little about you (your name, pronouns, and what kind of things you usually write). Our usual response time is within 2-3 weeks, but we have been known to respond to submissions within 2 hours! We can offer expedited 48-hour responses by donating through out Kofi page – just let us know in your submission email!