Newfound Journal

Read our mission to ensure your work is a good fit. All work is published bi-monthly online. We proudly nominate six authors each  year for the Pushcart Prize, two poets for the Best New Poets anthology, up to eight flash pieces for the Best Microfiction anthology, and up to four debut short stories for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

Guidelines

  • Journal submissions are closed from May 15th-Aug 15th.
  • We do not accept previously published material.
  • We accept unsolicited simultaneous submissions. Update your submission’s status in Submittable if accepted elsewhere; never email.
  • 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. Message us through Submittable if longer than six months; never email.
  • The honorarium for publication is $25 dependent on successful completion of a W-9 form or W-8 BEN 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.

Emerging Poets Series

From December 1-31 only, Newfound accepts unsolicited chapbook-length manuscripts from poets who have not yet published a full-length book. Our open submission period aims to advance the careers of emerging writers by printing their work in beautiful, hand-bound editions. The series is open to finalists, but not winners of Newfound prizes. One chapbook is selected annually by Newfound staff, more when our budget allows.

Details

  • Only open to poets without a full-length book published. Individual poems in the chapbook can be previously published in journals, however not within another book.
  • No fee, no guest judge, and no prize money.
  • Newfound will design, print, and bind the chapbook. The cover will be created in cooperation with the author.
  • Poet receives 25 contributor copies.
  • Poet receives royalties contract (25% print/50% digital).

Guidelines

  • Send 15 to 30 pages of poetry. Please include no more than one poem per page.
  • Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are acceptable.
  • Elements of the work must in some way explore how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. 
  • All entries must be sent online via our submission manager and be contained in a single document.

Content Warnings & Explicit Content

Please do not submit any violent or explicit sexual content, especially 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 work and cover letter.

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

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Newfound Prose Prize

  • 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.
  • Individual stories in the chapbook can be previously published in journals, however not within another book.
  • 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.

Content Warnings & Explicit Content

Please do not submit any violent or explicit sexual content, especially 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 work and cover letter.

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

Newfound Interviews

We love learning more about a writer/artist’s inspiration, projects, interests, and what’s next for them. We welcome interviews of first-time authors and authors publishing with small or university presses.

Read examples of questions and conversations we seek:

Format

We encourage you to send work that is web formatted. This means:

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

Content Warnings & Explicit Content

Please do not submit any violent or explicit sexual content, especially 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 work and cover letter.

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

Simultaneous Submissions

Our team is made up of writers and creatives, too. We expect that everything you share with Newfound will be under consideration elsewhere. That said, please withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere. This helps our team and is an act of good literary citizenship.

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Newfound Reviews

Newfound publishes reviews of books, film, television, music, art, etc. Reviews should consider at least one object of culture that has been published within the last year.

We prefer reviews that are critical, complex, creative, and culturally-minded. Experimental and hybrid forms welcome, as well as works that deal with multiple texts or objects.

Please send work that is 1200-5000 words in length with a short author bio (2-3 lines).

Format

We encourage you to send work that is web formatted. This means:

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

Content Warnings & Explicit Content

Please do not submit any violent or explicit sexual content, especially 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 work and cover letter.

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

Simultaneous Submissions

Our team is made up of writers and creatives, too. We expect that everything you share with Newfound will be under consideration elsewhere. That said, please withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere. This helps our team and is an act of good literary citizenship.

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Newfound Visual Arts

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.

Content Warnings & Explicit Content

Please do not submit any violent or explicit sexual content, especially 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 work and cover letter.

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

Simultaneous Submissions

Our team is made up of writers and creatives, too. We expect that everything you share with Newfound will be under consideration elsewhere. That said, please withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere. This helps our team and is an act of good literary citizenship.

Volunteer

Volunteers run Newfound projects. As a volunteer, you might read, vote on, edit, and solicit writing, steward the editorial process, and/or cheer your published writers online or at one of our annual readings. You will also receive invitations throughout the year to join our tri-annual writing circle and to apply for professional development funds.

Our Values

We believe art is a tool of intra/inter-personal transformation and socio-political change. Through a work culture of care, Newfound amplifies voices of emerging and historically underrepresented writers and artists. We strive to serve the needs of arts communities in collaboration with other values-driven publishers.

Our Projects

The journal is published bimonthly online and features fiction, flash, interviews, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and visual arts.

We also publish poetry chapbooks through the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize and Emerging Poets Series and prose chapbooks through the Newfound Prose Prize.

Volunteer Support

Our volunteers are our greatest resource. Although volunteering itself can be a pillar of literary citizenship, we recognize our volunteers as citizens of arts communities and support the development of skills necessary to perform job-related duties, as well as in community engagement at the level of the organization.

Three times annually, we organize multi-genre discussions of volunteer creative work to share our lived experiences and craft insights and to support each other in process and publication.

Newfound provides reimbursement for volunteers for pre-approved job-related expenses, specifically trade association meetings and education expenses per our Professional Development Program.

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