Submission Guidelines

Bearing Witness (Issue #1)

We are seeking poems for our inaugural issue that grapple with the ongoing struggles against violence and injustice. The theme, “Bearing Witness,” invites submissions that center the human experience in the face of brutality.

We encourage poems that respond to:

  • The ongoing conflict in Gaza
  • The long-standing crises in Sudan and Congo
  • The broader themes of apartheid and resistance across the world

Who We Want to Hear From:

  • We are particularly interested in work from poets who are indigenous to Palestine, Sudan, and Congo.
  • We welcome poems that challenge traditional narratives and offer fresh viewpoints on these complex issues.
  • We encourage submissions that employ a variety of forms and styles, from traditional sonnets to free verse and experimental forms.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Only poems that have not been previously published are eligible.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your poem is accepted elsewhere.
  • Include a brief bio (3-5 sentences) that introduces yourself and your work.

Additional Information:

  • We regret that, due to volume, we cannot provide feedback on individual submissions.
  • By submitting your work, you grant us the right to publish your poem in our first issue and potentially use it for promotional purposes.

We believe that poetry is a powerful tool for bearing witness to the human cost of violence and oppression. We look forward to reading your work and giving voice to the struggles for justice and peace.

Regular Submissions

We are constantly searching for fresh writing, so please share your work with us. Rest assured, every submission is carefully reviewed. 

Here are some key points to remember:

  • Submit your work by completing all the fields below.
  • We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, book reviews, essays, literary commentaries, and any writing with a literary focus.
  • Unless solicited, we do not accept submissions that have been published elsewhere.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Since we publish for an online audience, we prefer pieces that are concise, engaging, and impactful. Recommended word counts are:
    – Fiction: up to 2,500 words.
    – Book reviews: up to 1,500 words.
    – Literary commentaries, think pieces, and essays: up to 1,500 words.
    – Include a short bio and photograph of yourself. Feel free to choose a playful or formal photograph.
  • Here are some reasons why a submission might be rejected: poor grammar, punctuation, or tense usage, plagiarism, or content that’s misogynistic, homophobic, or exhibits supremacist leanings based on race, ethnicity, or religion.
  • Please note, we may edit your work and occasionally change the title. If we do, we’ll inform you.
  • You retain the copyright to your work. However, please credit NWF Journal as the original publisher.

We eagerly anticipate reading your literary creations and welcoming your unique voice to the NWF Journal. If you have any further queries, please contact us at [email protected].

Happy writing!