GENERAL GUIDELINES:
 

Please 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 bi-annually (spring & fall) and considered for our annual print issue (winter). Those selected for print will receive one contributor’s copy. We proudly nominate six of our authors every year for the Pushcart Prize.

  • We accept submissions year round.
  • We do not accept previously published material.
  • We accept unsolicited simultaneous submissions, given that you promptly update your submission's status if accepted elsewhere.
  • A brief cover letter is helpful but not required.
  • We respond generally within three months. Contact us if longer than four months.
  • We would pay if we could, but we can't at this time.
  • 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.


Ends on 9/15/2016$ 15.00
$ 15.00
  • Submit 15 to 30 pages of poetry. Please include no more than one poem per page.
  • Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are acceptable.
  • All entries must be submitted online via our submission manager and be contained in a single document.
  • The author’s name should not appear in the document (.doc or .docx).
  • A non-refundable $15 reading fee must accompany your submission.
  • Students (past and present), relatives, and close friends of the judge are ineligible.

Newfound welcomes short stories and self-standing novel excerpts of any length.



Looking to publish flash fiction, micro fiction, or hybrid work? Submit your lovelies to our Flash Fiction section: https://newfoundjournal.submittable.com/submit/23333
Flash, micro, and hybrid work—if it's brief (<1,000 words) and cutting edge, we're publishing it.

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

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

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 double-spaced, 500-5000 words in length, and includes a short author bio.

If you want Newfound to review your work please submit it here with a brief description of the work and a note that you would like it reviewed.

If you want Newfound to publish your work, please submit to the appropriate section.


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.



We welcome all visual media, in color or black & white. We consider photography, photojournalism, paintings, drawings, film, video stills, graphics, photo essays, and more that explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding.

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

$ 8.00
Need fresh eyes on a piece for submission? Are you between writing communities or at that stage in which your work would benefit from one-on-one feedback from a professional editor?

Newfound would be glad to help! For an $8 reading fee, a Newfound editor will provide margin comments plus a personalized response, including the merits of your submission and critical suggestions.

We generally respond within 2–4 weeks. Editors also reserve the right to respond anonymously.


Length limits:
  • Fiction/Nonfiction: One short story or self-standing novel excerpt
  • Poetry: Up to three poems totaling no more than six pages
  • Flash Fiction: One story, <1,000 words
  • Other: Please email before submitting


Our editors:

Newfound editors have collectively received B.F.A.s from the Art Institute of Chicago and M.F.A.s from Lesley University and Texas State University. They teach or have taught creative writing at universities and residency programs across the U.S. and have served as editors and copy editors for several publications. Our work has appeared in Colorado Review, West Branch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, DIAGRAM, Mid-American Review, The Los Angeles Review, Passages North, Post Road, Iron Horse Literary Review, New Delta Review, storySouth, and many others, and has been nominated for several Pushcarts. Our awards include an AWP Intro Journal Award winner, an artist residency at The Studios of Key West, a Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, a Orlando Prize for Short Fiction, the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, a Peter Taylor Fellowship, and many others.


Questions? Email us anytime at: info [at] newfoundjournal [dot] org.

We look forward to reading your work!




Currently, we are looking for volunteers to fill the following positions at Newfound:

  • Assistant Reviews Editor
  • Staff Writers
  • Public Relations
  • Grant Writers
  • Readers
  • Copy Editor
  • Podcast Editor
  • Video Editor

Interested? Don’t see your ideal position but still want to join the team? Send a letter of interest and résumé.


Ends on 3/15/2017$ 15.00
$ 15.00
  • Submit 15 to 60 double-spaced pages of prose (fiction or nonfiction).
  • Simultaneous submissions and previously published work are acceptable.
  • All entries must be submitted online via our submission manager and be contained in a single document.
  • The author’s name should not appear in the document (.doc or .docx).
  • A non-refundable $15 reading fee must accompany your submission.
  • Students (past and present), relatives, and close friends of the judge are ineligible.