This section deals with submitting to the magazine and the website. For information on submitting full length works to The Blue Nib imprint please go to: Submitting to Blue Nib Publishing
Some General Notes on Submission to the magazine and website.
Please read and make yourself familiar with all of our guidelines regarding submissions to The Blue Nib.
The Blue Nib accepts submissions of exceptional poetry, fiction, essays, and general interest pieces for publication in either our print issues or on our website. To prevent spam and ensure integrity of submissions, you must be registered on the site to submit. Registration is free. Please register using your actual name as this makes it easier for our editors to find you in our database should they have any queries about your submission. Register Here. You can select either our free or paid option. Paid options include benefits not available to free members of The Blue Nib community but do not increase your chances in having your work accepted for publication with us in print or online.
We only accept submissions through the easy-to-use site links. Please format your submission using Times New Roman with a font size of 12 and single spaced. We respond to all submissions as quickly as possible and ask for your patience. We do accept simultaneous submissions but ask you to withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere.
Any work posted is subject to strict editorial approval, however we do read everything and where possible we respond even if the work received is not quite right for us.
In all cases of submitting, our reading periods for work ends on the 1st of the month prior to that in which the issue appears. See reading period below. When you submit you will be asked for an author photo and a short biography, we prefer good quality photos. Do not send blurred or grainy photographs; we will not use them.
We accept book reviews at any time for inclusion in either our print issue or online.
When submitting reviews please include a good quality image of the book reviewed, prices of the book you are reviewing and links to where it can be purchased. Submit Review If you have a book you would like us to review than please send a PDF copy and a query to [email protected] We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our preference is for submissions of between 3 and 5 pieces. All work must be the poet’s own. We like free verse but we will consider any form, we are not fans of quirky formatting because it is difficult reproducing in print and on web browsers, however we will consider it if the work is good enough, and if the poet accepts that the reproduction may not be exact. We are okay with work that has appeared on personal blogs and peer review sites but are not keen on work that has recently been published elsewhere so if your work is accepted by another publisher then please withdraw it by emailing us at [email protected].
When submitting multiple pieces of poetry please include the poems on a single document, make sure to indicate clearly by use of caps, a line, or a row of stars where one piece ends and another begins. When submitting you will be asked for an author photo and a short biography. We prefer good quality photos. Please do not send grainy or out of focus photographs; we will not use them. For Ireland, UK and elsewhere (besides USA and Canada). Submit Poetry Here. For US and Canadian Poets Submit Poetry Here
Submitting Fiction & Essays
Our preference is for pieces of no less than 750 words and no more than 3,500 words, however we will accept longer or shorter pieces if they are exceptional. We like each submission to contain a single piece but we will accept multiple submissions. Our preference is for strong literary fiction and essays that are well-structured and address a single subject. We take submission online only.
Submit Fiction or Submit Essay
The Blue Nib is happy to receive articles and posts from members on any subject relevant to the arts and literature. Articles can be reports on writing events, interviews with poets or authors, pieces on the craft of writing, movie or theatre reviews or any other subject relevant to the arts. When submitting an article be sure to include photos within the body of the post if relevant, and to complete the author photo and biography section.
We also accept, and are happy to receive, news articles for inclusion on the website. Any news stories pertinent to the arts or literature are welcome. We are happy to publish notification of events, new publications by members, or contests hosted on other platforms.
We particularly like to hear your good news stories, so if your work has been published in national papers or any other widely circulated media then please let us know by posting using the Submit News tab on the navigation to the right. Your good news will be shared with an audience of in excess of 2000 readers per day. Submit Article
We accept submissions during our reading periods, as follows, unless otherwise shown.
- September 16th to 1st November, for publication in Winter Issue, December 15th.
- December 16th to 1st February, for publication in our Spring Issue, March 15th.
- March 16th to 1st May, for publication in our Summer Issue, June 15th.
- June 16th to to 1st August, for publication in our Autumn Issue, September 15th.
If you have any questions about submissions, please address them to [email protected]
For information on submission of full length works of either poetry or fiction to The Blue Nib imprint, please see, Submitting to Blue Nib Publishing.
Details about submitting to contests sponsored by The Blue Nib, like our Chapbook Contest, are linked to the menu near the top of our Home page.
Thank you from The Blue Nib editorial team.