GENERAL GUIDELINES:
 

  Please read our mission to ensure your work is a good fit. Read back issues to get acquainted with the journal. We proudly nominate six authors each year for the Pushcart Prize, two  poets for the “Best New Poets” anthology, and up to eight flash pieces  for the “Best Microfiction” anthology.

  • Journal submissions are closed from May 15th-Aug 15th. Reviews and Translations remain open year round.
  • We do not accept previously published material.
  • We accept unsolicited simultaneous submissions. Update your submission’s status in Submittable if accepted elsewhere; never email us.
  • A brief cover letter is helpful but not required.
  • We encourage, but don’t require, web formatted prose (no indents, single-spaced, one space between paragraphs).
  • We respond generally within three months. Contact us if longer than four months.
  • The honorarium for publication is $25 dependent on successful completion of a W-9 form per IRS reporting requirements.
  • We ask for first serial rights and the right to keep a copy of the publication in our archives. All other rights revert back to the author after publication.
  • We ask that authors mention that the work saw first publication in Newfound for future reprints.




  • Send 15 to 60 double-spaced pages of prose (fiction or nonfiction).
  • Simultaneous submissions and previously published work are acceptable.
  • All entries must be sent online via our submission manager and be contained in a single document.
  • The author’s name should not appear in the document (.docx).
  • A non-refundable $15 reading fee must accompany your work. If our reading fee is prohibitive, email editor [at] newfound [dot] org for a manuscript fee waiver. We can offer a few a year.
  • Students (past and present), relatives, and close friends of the judge are ineligible.


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Newfound welcomes short stories and self-standing novel excerpts of up to 6,000 words. Please send one piece per submission period.

When we publish online, we use web formatting. This means:

  • Single-spaced
  • No indents at start of paragraph
  • One space between paragraphs

Feel free to submit works that are formatted this way.

Looking to publish flash fiction, micro fiction, or hybrid work? Submit your lovelies to our Flash Fiction section: https://newfoundjournal.submittable.com/submit/23333

Content Warnings and Explicit Content: Please do not submit any violent or explicit sexual content, especially gross-out or gratuitous depictions of rape, or anything that minimizes sexual trauma. Submissions with casual and/or blatant support of misogyny, bigotry, racism,  homophobia, transphobia, etc. will not be considered. Our submissions are read by human beings who volunteer to keep this journal running. To protect those readers, we value Content Warnings, which we recommend including in your cover letter as well.

Failure to follow these warnings may result in rejection of the submission or a ban of the author from Newfound Journal. 

NOTE: Our team is made up of writers and creatives, too. We expect that everything you submit to Newfound will be under consideration elsewhere. That said, Please Withdraw your submission from our publication if it is accepted elsewhere! This helps our team and is an act of good literary citizenship.

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Flash, micro, and hybrid work—if it's brief (<1,000 words) and cutting edge, fiction or nonfiction, we're publishing it.

 When we publish on the web, we use web formatting. This means:

  • Single-spaced
  • No indents at start of paragraph
  • One space between paragraphs

Feel free to submit works that are formatted this way. 

We will consider up to 3 stories per submission or 3 separate submissions, but no more than 3 per author per submission period.

Looking to publish short stories, essays, or self-standing novel excerpts? Submit your work to our Fiction (https://newfound.submittable.com/submit/1423/fiction) or Creative Nonfiction (https://newfound.submittable.com/submit/1426/creative-nonfiction) sections.

Content Warnings and Explicit Content: Please do not submit any violent or explicit sexual content, especially gross-out or gratuitous depictions of rape, or anything that minimizes sexual trauma. Submissions with casual and/or blatant support of misogyny, bigotry, racism,  homophobia, transphobia, etc. will not be considered. Our submissions are read by human beings who volunteer to keep this journal running. To protect those readers, we value Content Warnings, which we recommend including in your cover letter as well.

Failure to follow these warnings may result in rejection of the submission or a ban of the author from Newfound Journal. 

NOTE: Our team is made up of writers and creatives, too. We expect that everything you submit to Newfound will be under consideration elsewhere. That said, Please Withdraw your submission from our publication if it is accepted elsewhere! This helps our team and is an act of good literary citizenship.




  •  If you don't hear back from us within six months, please query before sending new work.
  • We do not publish book-length memoir. Submissions longer than 40 pages will not be considered. Longer works can and should be submitted to the Newfound Prose prize:   https://newfound.org/prose-prize/ 
  • For this section, one piece per submission, please. In nonfiction especially, we are open to experimental formats and structures, but we still like to accept one piece rather than picking and choosing within a submission. 

 When we publish on the web, we use web formatting. This means:

  • Single-spaced
  • No indents at start of paragraph
  • One space between paragraphs

Feel free to submit works that are formatted this way. 

NOTE: Our team is made up of writers and creatives, too. We expect that everything you submit to Newfound will be under consideration elsewhere. That said, Please Withdraw your submission from our publication if it is accepted elsewhere! This helps our team and is an act of good literary citizenship.

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We will consider submissions of up to 6 poems totaling no more than 10 pages.

Content Warnings and Explicit Content: Please do not submit any violent or explicit sexual content, especially gross-out or gratuitous depictions of rape, or anything that minimizes sexual trauma. Submissions with casual and/or blatant support of misogyny, bigotry, racism,  homophobia, transphobia, etc. will not be considered. Our submissions are read by human beings who volunteer to keep this journal running. To protect those readers, we value Content Warnings, which we recommend including in your cover letter as well.

Failure to follow these warnings may result in rejection of the submission or a ban of the author from Newfound Journal. 

NOTE: Our team is made up of writers and creatives, too. We expect that everything you submit to Newfound will be under consideration elsewhere. That said, Please Withdraw your submission from our publication if it is accepted elsewhere! This helps our team and is an act of good literary citizenship.

Newfound publishes reviews of books, film, television, music, art, and more that are both timely and relevant to our audience. We like reviews that are critical, complex, creative, and culturally-minded.

Reviews should consider at least one object of culture that has been recently published (within the last year) or is forthcoming. Please send work that is  500-5000 words in length, and includes a short author bio.

 When we publish on the web, we use web formatting. This means:

  • Single-spaced
  • No indents at start of paragraph
  • One space between paragraphs

Feel free to submit works that are formatted this way. 

We accept simultaneous submissions. However, if your work is accepted elsewhere, we ask that you notify us.

If you want Newfound to review your work, please submit to our reviews editors here: https://newfound.submittable.com/submit/82921/review-copies

If you want to send a query, please submit to our reviews editors here: https://newfound.submittable.com/submit/160726/review-queries

Newfound publishes reviews of books, film, television, music, art, and more that are both timely and relevant to our audience. We aim to write reviews that are critical, complex, creative, and culturally-minded.

To potentially be reviewed, submit a review copy of a work that has been recently published (within the last year) or is forthcoming. Please include a brief description of the work and a short author bio.

Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee review. We receive many more works than our writers can read and review thoughtfully.

If you want to send a review, please submit to our reviews editors here: https://newfound.submittable.com/submit/1427/reviews

If you want to send a query, please submit to our reviews editors here: https://newfound.submittable.com/submit/160726/review-queries


Newfound publishes reviews of books, film, television, music, art, and more that are both timely and relevant to our audience. We aim to write reviews that are critical, complex, creative, and culturally-minded.

To be a reviewer, submit a query of a work that has been recently published (within the last year) or is forthcoming. Please include a brief description of the work and short author bio and attach your CV.

Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee review. We receive many more works than our writers can read and review thoughtfully.

If you want to send a review, please submit to our reviews editors here: https://newfound.submittable.com/submit/1427/reviews

If you want Newfound to review your work, please submit to our reviews editors here: https://newfound.submittable.com/submit/82921/review-copies


  Newfound welcomes translated work of any length or genre. More specifically, fiction can be stories or self-standing novel excerpts of any length. As for poetry, we will consider submissions of up to 6 poems totaling no more than 10 pages.

Include the work in its source  language and any permissions necessary to publish both. You are welcome to include the URL of the original if published online in full, which we might simply link to.

Please submit a bio of the original  author along with the bio of the translator.


Every issue of the journal adheres to a theme. Until September 1, 2019, we are reading for "Virtual Realities." 


Creativity is not an instrument, it follows and surrenders to dreams and aspirations. We welcome all visual media, in color and black & white, that explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. We are keen with expansion of the possibilities of what can be expressed through reflexivity in our unconscious by poetic imageries and sonic impressions. We consider photography, photojournalism, paintings, drawings, film, video stills, installations and sculpture.

When submitting, a short description of the idea behind the work is helpful, though not required. Similarly, captions are helpful where appropriate.

We celebrate works with free spirit, spontaneity, and serendipity. Please take a moment to look at previous artists to get a feel for what Newfound is looking for.

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