Submitting to Neologian

We accept work from new and established writers and artists. We seek fiction (flash, short story, novella, or novel excerpt), creative nonfiction (essay and memoir), critical commentary (annotation and book review), poetry, drama, cross-genre, graphic novel, and visual art (black and white).


Our FOUR-PART Submissions Process

  1. Follow ALL 11 guidelines — submissions are disqualified if they miss a guideline
  2. Fill out Neologian Submission Form — see guidelines below for link to form
  3. Send  your work as an email attachment to the Neologian e-mail address listed below
  4. Strictly follow our EMAIL instructions, including specific requirements for the SUBJECT LINE of your email!

Where to E-mail & Important Info

Send to: neologiansubmissions@gmail.comsubmissions must follow ALL e-mail guidelines or they will be disqualified.

Confirmation: you will receive an auto-reply confirmation on your FIRST submission stating your work has been received.  Note: there is an auto-reply on your FIRST submission, then every so often after that.  It is only used to confirm you are using the correct Pitkin email address. If you do not receive an auto-response within an hour of submitting your FIRST email to us, please e-mail the submissions editor at: neologiansubmissions@gmail.com

Reprints & Simultaneous Submissions: we do not accept reprints. Previously produced or performed drama and performance poetry is welcome as long as it has not appeared in print elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are always welcome, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please make sure to inform us right away.

Response Time: Within six weeks from the submission deadline.

Rights Acquired: First North American Serial Rights.

To Contact Submissions Editor: normal response time is within a few days to one week, and during deadline week within a day or two — email neologiansubmissions@gmail.com .

General Guidelines

Submissions failing to meet even ONE guideline will be disqualified!

  1. Text Formatting:
    1. Times New Roman font
    2. 12-pt font
    3. 1.5 spacing (Except poetry: see below)
    4. 1-inch margins
  1. Title of Piece should ONLY appear at the top of the FIRST page of your piece.
  2. File Formatting: All documents must be saved in Rich Text Format (.rtf).
  3. File Name: Title of the piece and your name.
  • . Word and Page Limits:
    • Critical Commentary, Cross-genre, Fiction, Non-fiction: 3500 words.
    • Drama: 8 pages total.
    • Poetry: Up to 3 poems; maximum of 6 pages total.
    • Graphic Novel: 8 pages total (text-only or text/images).
  1. Multiple Submissions: ONE piece ONLY in each genre, except:
  • Up to 3 pieces in POETRY
  • Up to 6 pieces in VISUAL ART.
  1. Only ONE Attachment per e-mail:

Each piece must be submitted as a SEPARATE attachment.

  1. E-mail Subject Line:

Must appear EXACTLY as follows: Submission/Genre/Title of Piece

Choose ONE of EIGHT genres: Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Critical Commentary, Cross-Genre, Drama, Nonfiction, or Visual Art.

  • . Example: Submission/Poetry/The Clouds Are Falling
  1. Submission Form:

Fill out ONLY ONE form.

  • . Input titles for ALL pieces you are submitting.
  1. Click here to go to form.
  1. Poetry, Drama, Visual Art, Cross-Genre, and Graphic Novel must also follow the genre-specific instructions below.  Anywhere that genre-specific formatting conflicts with the general text formatting, please follow genre-specific formatting.

Genre-Specific Instructions


POETRY: must be single spaced.

DRAMA: screenplays or dramatic writing must follow one of two standard text formats (though, please, no page numbers): 1) Modern Play Format: click here to go to sample; 2) The program “Final Draft” Format: click here to go to sample.

VISUAL ART: we accept up to six (6) photos or graphics in color or b/w. Color submissions will be considered for the cover. All images selected for the interior will be produced in b/w. We can only accept digital images submitted as tif, gif, or jpeg files with a resolution of 300+ dpi and sized to fit a 6″ by 9″ page (2:3) aspect ratio. Check your camera settings: the default setting for digital cameras is often 72 dpi.

GRAPHIC NOVEL: The Neologian accepts graphic novel work of two kinds: Text accompanied by panel descriptions and text accompanied by images. A panel description is a description of an image in place of the actual image. In this format, a graphic novel script is likened to a piece of dramatic writing in terms of dialogue formatted separately from action and exposition. If your submission includes images with the text, submitted work must be formatted exactly as work submitted as visual art—saved as a .tif, .gif, or .jpeg file, and having a resolution of 300+ dpi. All images will appear in b&w when printed.

CROSS-GENRE: cross-genre is the purposeful combination or fusion of two or more genres of writing. There must be a discernible need and authorial decision present in cross-genre; it is not a haphazard process, but one of careful crafting and close textual examination. One idea to keep in mind when writing cross-genre work is: “What specifically does this fusion allow me to do?” Cross-genre often fuses poetry and prose, with alternating passages of each genre, with poetry being used for a specific purpose/effect and prose being used for another. The prose could be fiction, non-fiction, memoir or even essay. Haibun is a classic example of cross-genre because it combines travel memoirs and poetry.

We look forward to reading your work!

The Neologian Editorial Staff