The Drum is looking for work that pays close attention to language while never losing sight of the narrative drive. We want stories that really do tell a story. And essays that engage in the complexity of an idea.
We publish essays under 5,000 words in length, and fiction in a wide range of lengths, from short-shorts to short stories, no more than 5,000 words. We no longer accept unsolicited novel excerpts. Please note our new maximum length for short fiction. We have found that longer stories don't work as well in audio form and are thus looking for fiction that comes in at approximately twenty minutes of recording time.
A word about the essay form: An essay is not the same thing as a first-person narrative of events from your life. At least that's not all it is. An essay by definition attempts something, tries something out. It is not simply a story that is true (to distinguish it from a short story that is fiction). A good essay explores something, examines an idea or an event, reflects on an experience. If you have an essay like that, we are eager to take a look!