submitting to new words {press}
current open submissions

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YOUNG POETS ISSUE

CLOSED

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CHAPBOOK

CLOSED

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NEW WORDS ISSUE 4

OPEN

READ ALL GUIDELINES BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING

nw{p} is a trans* and gender-expansive poetry and hybrid journal, but that doesn’t mean work must be related to those topics. We publish three issues per year (Spring, Summer, & Fall) with work from emerging and established trans* poets. We want polished work that makes us stop mid-poem to catch our breath and linger on words; words that surprise us; words that make us catch fire. In addition to more traditional forms of poetry, nw{p} is a place for experimentation and hybrid process– work that mainstream journals won’t publish. Ultimately we want nw{p} to reside in the spectrum, just like we do. We never charge a reading fee. Expect 4-6 weeks for a response, though it’s often much faster than that. Payment is $15 + one copy.

POETRY

Up to 3 poems
No more than 8 pages total. 

EXPERIMENTAL

Up to 3 poems
No more than 15 pages total.
Erasure work, experimental forms and language, shape poems, visual/art poems or whatever else. We’re interested as long as it can be printed.

HYBRID

Up to 3 pieces
No more than 15 pages total.
Color art is accepted
If the submission of a single document will not work please reach out to us using the contact form.

Journal Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must go through Submittable.
  • We are especially interested in hybrid work including visual/art poetry.
  • All submissions should be submitted as a SINGLE document. PDF and .docx accepted formats (docx preferred).
  • File name should be: Submission-[Genre]. Do not include your name in the submission or file name.
  • Submit bio photo as a file separate from your submission.
  • Simultaneous submission accepted. Please notify us right away if work is submitted elsewhere.
  • Reprints accepted. Please indicate where the work was originally printed so we may provide credit. 
  • Contributors receive $15 (Venmo, cashapp & PayPal only) & one copy.
  • Please do not submit AI works.
  • We reserve First Rights for previously unpublished works. All rights revert back to author upon publication. However, future publications/postings of the work should credit new words {press}.

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Chapbook Guidelines – Currently Closed

new words {press} is excited to announce our first call for a chapbook manuscript– poetry or hybrid-poetry– by a trans* and/or gender-expansive poet. nw{p} is an independent press founded by brooklyn baggett, a trans woman, whose express purpose is raising the voices of trans* and gender-expansive poets & experimental writers.
we lean toward fresh work that embodies the trans experience, not simply through content, but rather form, syntax, style, diction or other poetics. we love craft that mirrors the trans* experience; takes risks to find freedom & self, even if that leads us to uncomfortable spaces. while we are not afraid of work that is dark, dangerous, sexual, or provocative, it should be executed with great intention and control. we want your best work; work that resonates with clarity and brings new experiences and ideas to the page– work that leaves a room quiet.

all trans* and gender-expansive poets are encouraged to submit a poetry or hybrid collection of 20-50 pages. collections may include visual, artistic poetry such as collage, tactile or other visual medium poetry. it bears saying again, while we absolutely welcome work with trans* themes, it is NOT required. all that is required is that the writer is trans* and/or gender-expansive.

a chapbook is meant to be a small, cohesive collection of work that stands alone or is perhaps an excerpt from a longer work. typically they are saddle stapled and made affordable, as they are meant to be a low-stakes, accessible read for audiences. while production will be professional, it is also meant to happen quickly (think zine). an important tenant at nw{p} is publishing models that mirror our social values of equity. therefore, our goal is fairly share in any revenues or successes with the author. since nw{p} is financially maintained at the moment by the founder, the most we can offer the poet is a $200 honorarium + royalties.

what you’ll get from us.

  • a professionally produced final product, published through Ingram (meaning 60k+ stores will be able to order it at a discounted rate. which also includes automatic addition to Amazon)
  • author involvement in the production process
  • addition to our e-commerce store
  • $200 honorarium and 40% of all sales, excluding author copies purchased at cost
  • retention of rights to your work.
  • promotion through LAMBDA ads, Ingram ads, and other channels
  • sustained 3 month promotion through our social channels & website
  • submission for publication announcement through CLMP 

what we expect from the poet.

  • timely responses before, during, and after production
  • self-promotion through your social / web channels
  • self-promotion through you social & relevant professional circles
  • open-mindedness and kindness

Submission Guidelines. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

  • All submissions must go through Submittable.
  • Manuscripts may be 20-50 pages not including a title page and table of contents.
  • File name should be: Submission-[title]. Do not include your name in the submission or file name.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a SINGLE document with NO identifying information in the filename or document. PDF and .docx accepted formats.
  • Upload a separate document (.docx or pdf) with a short, one-paragraph description of your work and a 1-3 paragraph explanation of why you’re interested in new words {press} and how your work is a good fit. 
  • Simultaneous submission accepted. Please notify us right away if work is submitted elsewhere.
  • Author receive $200 honorarium + 40% of sales (except author copies purchased at cost) (Venmo, cashapp only).
  • do not submit AI works.
  • We reserve First Rights. All rights revert back to author upon publication. However, future publications/postings of the work should credit new words {press}.

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