Submission Guidelines

We are currently accepting poetry and prose submissions for our Spring/Summer 2015 issue. The deadline for submission is January 10, 2015. Questions about submissions should be directed to associateeditor@newtownliterary.org.

Queens is home to one of the most diverse communities of people in New York, and Newtown Literary strives to be a literary forum reflecting our borough. We welcome work from writers and poets of all gender identities and expressions, racial and ethnic backgrounds, social classes, sexual orientations, citizenship and immigration statuses, ages, and belief systems, as well as those with different abilities and disabilities. Writers of all types will find a home in Newtown Literary, and we are especially interested in making space for writing from those who are marginalized elsewhere. We are a group of volunteers committed to representing the many voices of Queens into the journal.

We also hope to reflect the linguistic variety of Queens and will continue our tradition of publishing work that includes languages other than English.

Additionally, we seek to represent the entirety of the geographic space of Queens and welcome pieces from Far Rockaway to Astoria, Bayside to Ridgewood.

We have a new submission option. In addition to regular (free!) submissions for poetry and prose, you can opt to pay a $15 fee with your submission and receive either one page of constructive feedback from a Newtown editor or a print copy of the journal. These submission categories will not affect the review process as reviewers do not have access to this information.

Guidelines for all submissions:

  • We strongly encourage you to buy a copy of the journal for two reasons: (1) to understand what kind of work we accept and (2) to support the work of your local Queens literary journal.
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please tell us ASAP.
  • Only previously unpublished works will be considered. This includes works published on an author’s website.
  • If you’ve submitted before and weren’t selected, we strongly encourage you to submit again. Non-acceptance isn’t always a reflection on the quality of the work.
  • If you have no connection to Queens, you can still submit your work. But, please do realize that, as a community literary journal, we prioritize submissions from those with a connection to Queens.
  • If we’ve published your work before, please wait one year before submitting again.  Even then, please realize that our mission is to support and promote the work of all writers and poets in Queens, and preference will be given to those we haven’t published before.
  • In your cover letter, be sure to include any connection you have to Queens, NY (not a requirement for acceptance), as well as any previous publications (also not a requirement for acceptance).
  • We only accept submissions through our online submissions service, which allows you to track your submission.  You can submit your work here.  There is no required fee for submissions.
  • We do not accept submissions via email.  We no longer accept submissions through the postal mail service.  All submissions received through these methods will be discarded.
  • Upon acceptance, we retain First North American Serial Rights, including serial electronic rights.  All rights are reverted back to the contributor upon publication.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer contributors payment at this stage of the journal’s development.  They will, though, be given one contributor’s copy when the issue is published.  Local writers may also be invited to read their work at the launch of the issue in which it was published, as well as other readings throughout the year.