Penalities against possesion of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. - President Jimmy Carter, October 2, 1977


The primary focus of Cough Syrup is for publishing PRINT MAGAZINES and BOOKS containing visual art, literature, poetry, articles, and essays. We are currently working on putting all published work on the site.

The theme of Cough Syrup is Psychedelic, Gonzo, Absurd, Experimental, Beautiful, Blissful, and Weird.

If you would like to submit a manuscript for a book, chapbook, manual, or any ideas you have for a complete work send us a query containing your bio and the idea of your work.

Submission Periods

We accept simultaneous submissions year round. Please expect 2-6 months for us to respond to any submissions or queries. A print issue of Cough Syrup comes out every season.

We are in the second year of our being! The pay upon publication is a contributor’s copy along with whatever fun things we have printed along that time! Cough Syrup is geared towards print media and publishing. Soon we will have all published works available for reading on the site.

Guidelines and Categories

You may submit up to five pieces of work in any category at any time. Please let us know if one of your pieces has been published elsewhere.

Visual Art: We are open to all forms and styles of art. What really gets us going is Psychedelic, Visionary, Lowbrow, Experimental, Comics, Collage, Photography, Erotica, Absurd, Experimental, Hybrid Pieces. Art isn’t static media on a page or screen or ink.

Fiction: 3,000 words minimum. Science fiction, horror, experimental, drug, gonzo, confession, experimental, literary, surreal , contemporary, hybrid. Our favorite writers are Hunter S. Thompson, William Burroughs, Bukowski, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, Kerouac.

Poetry: Haiku, free verse, experimental, ecstatic/visionary, philosophical. Please put your last name in the filename. We are currently looking for full chapbooks or poetry manuscripts for publication. Please send a query to the editor.

Articles/Essays: Drug Policy, Drug Experience(Trip Reports: check out, Philosophy, Literature, Buddhism, Mysticism, Spirituality, Film Reviews, Books Reviews. Contact the editor for further details or information.

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