GENERAL GUIDELINES:
 

Read our mission to ensure your work is a good fit. Read back issues to get acquainted with the journal. All work is published online biannually (spring & fall). 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.

  • Journal submissions are closed from May 15th-Aug 15th. Reviews 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.
  • 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.
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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.

We are looking publish up to 4 interviews per issue; we run two issues online-only each year (March and October).

Check out some examples of the kinds of questions and conversations we seek:

https://newfound.org/current-issue/interviews-megan-culhane-galbraith/

https://newfound.org/current-issue/interviews-chaney-kwak/

We seek to publish historically underrepresented and misrepresented voices in all sections, including Interviews. Under/misrepresented voices include, but are not limited to, creators who identify as Black, POC, and Indigenous. Work from LGBTQAI+ creators is sought. We celebrate work from creators who live with mental and physical disabilities, and neurodiversity. We seek work from creators who are currently serving or formerly served time in prison, or are experiencing or have experienced homelessness. We also uplift voices from creators who hold undocumented, refugee, or asylum-seeker status or are socioeconomically marginalized. We celebrate work from folx who are 50+ years of age. If you have an Unruly Body, tell us about it here.

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.

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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  • 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.



  •  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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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.



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


SUBMISSION CAP: In order to give your work the attention it deserves, we are capping submission to the Poetry section at 50 per month (September-May). Please send your best work, and become familiar with who we are and what we publish before submitting.


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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Newfound publishes reviews of books, film, television, music, art, etc. Reviews should consider at least one object of culture that has been published at most one year prior to our next published issue or is a forthcoming publication.

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).

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

We no longer accept review copies through Submittable--we work directly with publishers and authors. Thank you for your understanding.

Newfound publishes reviews of books, film, television, music, art, etc. We aim to write 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.

If you are interested in writing a review for us, submit a query. We maintain a list of titles we would like reviewed, but do accept suggestions. Please include a short author bio (2-3 lines) and examples of your writing. If you would like to review a specific title, include a brief description of the work and why you think it fits (1-2 paragraphs).

Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee review. We receive many more submissions than we are able to publish.

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

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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.

Role Description

Join our staff as the Editor of the Fiction section and direct the course of Fiction at Newfound Journal. (Note: This is an unpaid, volunteer position.)

The overarching theme for Newfound, reflected in every work we publish, is An Inquiry of Place.  Our work explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. Every Spring issue is additionally themed ("Virtual  Realities" is one recent example).

Please familiarize yourself with past issues of the journal before applying.

This section publishes up to four short stories in each issue of the journal; we publish online twice a year, in October and in March.  

We utilize Slack, Submittable, and email to communicate during issue production. Knowledge of these features a plus; we require at least a willingness to learn.

Mission Statement 

We  are not only a literary nonprofit, press, and journal; we are a  community committed to amplifying voices from a spectrum of POC  identities, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx/Chicanx, Asian Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern writers, LGBTQ2+ folk, as well as writers who identify as disabled, poor/working class, rural, and those working outside of academia.

Hate has no home here. If you are in the business of writing or publishing work that disparages any humans from these groups, this is not the community for you. 

To Apply

Send us your CV/resume and a statement of intent. In this statement, please discuss some prose writers/prose pieces you admire.

Deadline 

Applications received before Jan 1, 2022 assured review. Position open until filled.

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