Volume IV – Deadline Extension

Submissions for our Summer 2019 issue will now remain open until 11:59PM ET on March 23rd.

We are seeking dark, psychological literary works, with a particular interest in pieces that explore themes related to mental health, isolation, and displacement.

We are particularly interested in fiction and flashfiction pieces, but will continue to accept poetry and art submissions.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Victoria Elghasen & Michelle Baleka


Volume II – Submissions Closed

Submissions for our Summer 2018 issue are now closed.

We received a vast number of submissions during this period, and we are so grateful for all of you for sending your work to us. We are excited to put together this issue for you all to read. It will be available to read for free online in May.

Additionally, we will be adjusting the start and end dates for our Winter 2018 submission period. We will be sure to post the new timeframe on our blog and social media as soon as a decision has been made.

In the meantime, we ask that you please refrain from sending submissions. We remain open to questions and inquiries, and also encourage accepted contributors to email us any updates they wish to make to their bios prior to the publication of Volume II.

Thank you all! Further updates are forthcoming.

Contest Winners – Winter 2017

Our first contest has come to a close, and we are pleased to announce the winners.

We asked for poems and stories based around the prompt “intrusive thoughts,” and received many fantastic entries as a result. In fact, so many high quality works were sent to us that we have decided to name three winners — two for fiction and one for poetry — as well as five talented runners-up.

Winners will receive publication in our debut issue, which will be available to read for free this December.



Nikhita Dodla, “I’d Prefer if You’d Knock Before Entering My Head.”

Nikhita Dodla is an American student living in California. Dodla’s poems have appeared in Creative Communication publications and regional magazines.

I could.


Stop. Let the bystanders go.

my hands hurt.

I can make them hurt


You can read the rest of Dodla’s powerful poem when our debut issue is released online this December.


Maragaret King, “The Tilted House.”

Margaret King is a Wisconsin writer who enjoys penning poetry, short stories, and young adult novels. In her spare time, she likes to haunt the shores of Lake Michigan, similar to many of her fictional characters.

Omer Zamir, “That.”

Omer Zamir lives in Israel. Chrysopylae was published through Deerbrook Editions. He likes Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, and The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco.

Kristin Garth, “Flutter.”

Kristin Garth is a poet from Pensacola. Her poetry has been featured in Infernal Ink, Anti-Heroin Chic, Quail Bell Magazine, Digging Through the Fat, The Society for Classical Poets, Mookychick, Moonchild Magazine, Occulum and other publications. She’s currently constructing a poetry dollhouse chapbook project entitled Pink Plastic House. Follow her on Twitter: @lolaandjolie.



Phantasmagothica, “Black Satin, Black Lace.”

A writer from India, Phantasmagothica has been heavily inspired by Gothic literature since the age of 13. She draws inspiration from VC Andrews and Stephen King. Her writing can be found online at www.phantasmagothica.wordpress.com, on Twitter as @phantasmagothic, and Instagram as phantasmagothica.

Waste that had buried itself half-heartedly in the riverbed was catching between my toes. I was too slow, and she was too far.

You can read the rest of Phantasmagothica’s intriguing story when our debut issue is released online this December.

Stella Turner, “Salvador’s Lobster Telephone.”

Stella Turner was sent to Coventry, England at birth. She’s been published in Take a Leap Anthology, Connections Anthology, NFFD 2013 Anthology, and several FlashDogs anthologies. Her writing has also been published on 330words, 1000words, Postcard Shorts, Paragraph Planet, 99fiction and National Flash Fiction Day: The Journal, and National Flash Fiction Day’s Flash Flood. Follower her on twitter @stellakateT.

I feel the dampness of the water on my uniform as the message is relayed. Staccato like Morse code. It is she. She wants me home. I am home. It is she who is not here.

You can read the rest of Turner’s thought-provoking piece when our debut issue is released online this December.


Ilana Lindsey,”Echolalia.”

Ilana Lindsey is a graduate of Richard Skinner’s Faber Academy Write a Novel course, and has a short story that was long-listed for the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition in 2015. Lindsey’s inspirations and favourites include Margaret Atwood, Katherine Dunn, David Mitchell and Kazuo Ishiguro.

David Henson, “Yellow Water.”

David Henson’s work recently won the 2017 So Say We All Literary Prize in fiction and the 2016 Problem House Press short story contest. He writes and records music under the name Shadows on a River, which can be heard at shadowsonariver.bandcamp.com and tweets @davidbhenson.


Thank you to everyone who participated! Reading your entries was a thrilling, thought-inspiring experience. It’s exciting to see so many different voices creating unique works around the same theme. We hope to run a similar contest again in the future.

It has been a privilege to read your work. Thank you again for making this contest a success.

Victoria Elghasen & Michelle Baleka

Regular Submissions Closed, Contest Still Open

Submissions for our debut issue are now closed.

We would like to take this time to thank everyone who sent us submissions. Our inbox is very full. We look forward to reading your writing.

For those who have already received acceptance emails, we thank you for your contributions and eagerly anticipate sharing your work with the world in December.

We will continue to accept entries for our “Intrusive Thoughts” writing contest until November 10th.

The submission period for our second issue will begin December 10th.

Victoria Elghasen & Michelle Baleka

Writing Contest!

Déraciné Literary Magazine is pleased to announce our first writing contest!

Writing prompt: Intrusive thoughts

Send us your literary short stories, flashfiction pieces, or poems that follow the prompt. We are looking for metaphorical and symbolic representations of intrusive thoughts. Make it dark, fresh, and meaningful.


Winners (one for each category – Fiction & Poetry ): your work will be published in our winter 2017 issue. We will also create a special promotional post for you which will be featured on our tumblr, website, and our twitter.

Runners-up: You will be featured in a promotional post on our tumblr, website, and our twitter.

Rules: Please submit your contest entry to our submissions email, and include “Writing Contest” in the subject line.* Stories can be a maximum of 8000 words. Please review our full guidelines, as they also apply to contest entries.

Deadline: September 21st, 2017

Winners will be contacted by email.

*If entries are not marked with “Writing Contest” in the subject line, we will treat them like a regular magazine submission.


Michelle Baleka