13 November 2012

opportunities for writers 11/13

a-z series

This week’s A-Z Presses post focuses on three “N” literary journals, magazines, and presses seeking your writing. (A Submit-O-Rama update: watch for a post later today with guidelines on how to confirm your participation in and/or completion of your Submit-O-Rama challenges!)

Start prepping your pencils for these great opportunities for writers
(Image: "pencils" by Borbas Krisztian)
Naturally 'N'

nassau review

About: The Nassau Review is the literary journal of Nassau Community College in Garden City, Long Island, NY. TNR welcomes “submissions of many genres, preferring work that is innovative, captivating, well-crafted, and unique, work that crosses boundaries of genres and tradition. You may be serious. You may be humorous. You may be somewhere in between. We are looking simply for quality.” Nassau welcomes work from both new and seasoned writers.

Submission Process: All work should be submitted via Nassau’s Submittable submission manager. The Nassau Review is a theme-based journal; the theme for the 2012-2013 submission period is “Ekphrasis”; they are looking for “any work about, influenced by, or containing allusions to any other type of art or literature” (dance, literature, music, art, drama, etc.). Fiction (short story or flash fiction) and nonfiction (creative nonfiction only) writers should submit one prose piece 100-3000 words in length. Poets should send 3-5 pieces with a 5 line maximum (single-spaced). (Note: TNR lists specific guidelines for how to save documents; make sure you check these out!) Writers should include a cover letter (in the Cover Letter box on Submittable that details how you heard about The Nassau Review, a short bio (10 words maximum), and links to your blogs or websites. For more on TNR’s submission guidelines, visit their Submission Guidelines page.

Reading Period: September 1 through December 20

Website: To learn more about The Nassau Review, visit them online here.


About: The Newtowner is “a one-of-a-kind arts and literary magazine featuring fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and features celebrating local literary, visual, and performing artists. Our mission is to: Celebrate, showcase, and promote new and established writers and artists.” (Note: The Newtowner is currently running a Kickstarter campaign from November 12 to December 17; if you check them out, consider also helping them out!)

Submission Process: The Newtowner seeks literary fiction that is “fresh and original,” poetry that is “original, affecting, provocative, impassioned, uplifting, introspective or spiritual in nature,” and creative nonfiction submissions that “emphasize the creative and bear some of the hallmarks of literary fiction.” Fiction and Nonfiction submissions may contain a maximum of three pieces; fiction submissions should be no longer that 400 words, while nonfiction should be no longer than 3000 words. Poetry submissions may contain a maximum of three poems; poems should not exceed 35 lines in total. All submissions should be attached as Word documents or in similar formats. To read more on The Newtowner’s submission guidelines and access the respective Submittable pages for each genre, visit their Submissions page.

Reading Period: Rolling submissions throughout the year

Website: Check out The Newtowner online by visiting their website here.


About: The Noctua Review is the journal of the MFA program at Southern Connecticut State University. First launched in 20008, Noctua originally served as a showcase for the creative works of SCSU graduate students; beginning with the 2012 issue, submissions were opened to writers and artists from across the country. The journal notes that their interests “tend to blend between ‘literary’ and ‘experimental’ … In terms of both fiction and poetry, we adhere to Ezra Pound’s insistence to ‘make it new.’”

Submission Process: Noctua only accepts submissions via their Submittable submissions manager. The editors note that they “enjoy a good cover letter,” and while it’s left to the writer to determine if they want to include publication credits, “a laundry list of cred has no bearing on what gets printed in Noctua.” Simultaneous submissions should be noted as such. Fiction pieces may be up to 3,000 words (either one piece up to 3,000 words or multiple pieces totaling no more than 3,000 words). Poetry submissions should be 3-5 poems uploaded in a single document. All submissions should be uploaded in .doc, .txt, or .rtf format. The author’s name and contact information should not be included on the submission; instead, authors should include this information in their cover letters, along with a brief bio. For more on the Noctua Review’s submission guidelines, visit their Submission Guidelines page.

Reading Period: June 30, 2012 through January 30, 2013

Website: Learn more about Noctua Review by visiting them online here.

Happy Writing!


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  1. Thanks as always for these great resources!

  2. My pleasure, Ina and Joy! Thank you both for stopping by.


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