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Please note that the administrative fee for general submissions is waived for those who are current subscribers of New Letters. We invite you to subscribe here.  

Deadline: May 22, 2023

Guidelines

Upload your writing online by midnight (CST) Monday, May 22nd. Entries sent after midnight (CST) May 22nd cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to ensure best service. Submit with each entry: $24 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. A one-year subscription or subscription renewal to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States, is included in the price of the first entry.  (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $22 postal surcharge.) Please include one cover sheet stating the genre (nonfiction) and the tile of the essay. Your personal information should not appear anywhere on the entry. The name of the file you upload should be the title of the essay you are entering into the contest.


Rules & Notes

  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • Essay entries may not exceed 8,000 words.
  • Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.
  • No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
  • No postal entries will be accepted. All entries must be submitted online through our submission manager, Submittable.
  • Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and current volunteer members of the New Letters’ staff are not eligible.

Timeline

  • Finalists are notified in August, after preliminary judging.
  • Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, announced in October.
  • Judges have the option to select work for second runner-up and honorable mentions.

Deadline: May 22, 2023

Upload your writing online by midnight (CST) Monday, May 22nd. Entries sent after midnight (CST) May 22nd cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to ensure best service. Submit with each entry: $24 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. A one-year subscription or subscription renewal to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States, is included in the price of the first entry.  (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $22 postal surcharge.) Please include one cover sheet stating the genre (fiction) and the tile of the story. Your personal information should not appear anywhere on the entry. The name of the file you upload should be the title of the story you are entering into the contest.


Rules & Notes

  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • Fiction entries may not exceed 8,000 words.
  • Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.
  • No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
  • No postal entries will be accepted. All entries must be submitted online through our submission manager, Submittable.
  • Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and current volunteer members of the New Letters’ staff are not eligible.

Timeline

  • Finalists are notified in August, after preliminary judging.
  • Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, announced in October.
  • Judges have the option to select work for second runner-up and honorable mentions.

Deadline: May 22, 2023

Upload your writing online by midnight (CST) Monday, May 22nd. Entries sent after midnight (CST) May 22nd cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to ensure best service. Submit with each entry: $24 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. A one-year subscription or subscription renewal to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States, is included in the price of the first entry.  (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $22 postal surcharge.) Please include one cover sheet stating the genre (poetry) and the tile(s) of each poem. Your personal information should not appear anywhere on the entry. The name of the file you upload should be the title of the first poem in the entry.


Rules & Notes

  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • A poetry entry may contain up to six poems, and those poems need not be related.
  • The max page count for poetry entries of up to six poems is 30 pages.
  • Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.
  • No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
  • No postal entries will be accepted. All entries must be submitted online through our submission manager, Submittable.
  • Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and current volunteer members of the New Letters’ staff are not eligible.

Timeline

  • Finalists are notified in August, after preliminary judging.
  • Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, announced in October.
  • Judges have the option to select work for second runner-up and honorable mentions.

New Letters reads submissions all year long. We only accept work submitted through Submittable, our online submission manager. There is a small fee for submissions, though fees are waived for current subscribers. You may subscribe to the magazine here.

  • Please send no more than one graphic short story per submission.
  • Graphic short stories in comic spreads can be up to ten pages in length and submitted in color or black and white.
  • Send one submission at a time.
  • Put your name, postal address and email address at the top of the first page of the submission.
  • We consider simultaneous submissions if you (a) let us know and (b) notify us immediately if the work you sent to us has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Like most literary magazines, our staff is small and the volume of submissions large; please be patient. We make every effort to respond to submissions within six months.

New Letters reads submissions all year long. We only accept work submitted through Submittable, our online submission manager. There is a small fee for submissions, though fees are waived for current subscribers. You may subscribe to the magazine here.

  • Please send no more than one graphic short story per submission.
  • Graphic short stories in comic spreads can be up to ten pages in length and submitted in color or black and white.
  • Send one submission at a time.
  • Put your name, postal address and email address at the top of the first page of the submission.
  • We consider simultaneous submissions if you (a) let us know and (b) notify us immediately if the work you sent to us has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Like most literary magazines, our staff is small and the volume of submissions large; please be patient. We make every effort to respond to submissions within six months.


New Letters reads submissions all year long. We only accept work submitted through Submittable, our online submission manager. There is a small fee for submissions, though fees are waived for current subscribers. You may subscribe to the magazine here.

  • Please send no more than one novella per submission.
  • Send one submission at a time.
  • Put your name, postal address and email address at the top of the first page of the submission.
  • We generally publish novellas that are no more than 30,000 words or roughly 60 pages.
  • We consider simultaneous submissions if you (a) let us know and (b) notify us immediately if the work you sent to us has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Like most literary magazines, our staff is small and the volume of submissions large; please be patient. We make every effort to respond to submissions within six months.

New Letters reads submissions all year long. We only accept work submitted through Submittable, our online submission manager. There is a small fee for submissions, though fees are waived for current subscribers. You may subscribe to the magazine here.

  • Please send no more than one novella per submission.
  • Send one submission at a time.
  • Put your name, postal address and email address at the top of the first page of the submission.
  • We generally publish novellas that are no more than 30,000 words or roughly 60 pages.
  • We consider simultaneous submissions if you (a) let us know and (b) notify us immediately if the work you sent to us has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Like most literary magazines, our staff is small and the volume of submissions large; please be patient. We make every effort to respond to submissions within six months.

New Letters reads submissions all year long. We only accept work submitted through Submittable, our online submission manager. There is a small fee for submissions, though fees are waived for current subscribers. You may subscribe to the magazine here.

  • Please send no more one chapbook per submission.
  • Send one submission at a time.
  • Put your name, postal address and email address at the top of the first page of the submission.
  • We generally publish chapbooks that are no longer than 30 pages.
  • We consider simultaneous submissions if you (a) let us know and (b) notify us immediately if the work you sent to us has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Like most literary magazines, our staff is small and the volume of submissions large; please be patient. We make every effort to respond to submissions within six months.


New Letters reads submissions all year long. We only accept work submitted through Submittable, our online submission manager. There is a small fee for submissions, though fees are waived for current subscribers. You may subscribe to the magazine here.

  • Please send no more one chapbook per submission.
  • Send one submission at a time.
  • Put your name, postal address and email address at the top of the first page of the submission.
  • We generally publish chapbooks that are no longer than 30 pages.
  • We consider simultaneous submissions if you (a) let us know and (b) notify us immediately if the work you sent to us has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Like most literary magazines, our staff is small and the volume of submissions large; please be patient. We make every effort to respond to submissions within six months.


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