Denver Quarterly is interested in texts intended to be performed in some capacity-- including one-act plays, flash mobs, performance art, monologues, scripted choreography-- or work that is meant to be performed solely on the page but bears in mind certain conventions of the theater/stage. Poems and short stories are not accepted under this category. 

DQ's 2022-23 Editorial Assistant in Performance is Kylan Fermin.


  • Performance submissions should generally consist of no more than 4,000 words, but may be much shorter as the project requires.
  • Excerpts from longer works are permissible.
  • If you are submitting performance texts with particular formatting, we recommend saving your file as a PDF.
  • Please submit only one piece to one category for our consideration, and please wait until you have heard back from us before submitting again.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, and please notify us promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere by adding a note withdrawing your piece in Submittable. We do not read previously published work.
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.