NDR publishes a wide range of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, book reviews, and interviews. Please check out our genre editor statements for a better idea of what kind of work our editors are looking for.
Please direct all submissions to our Submittable account. We welcome simultaneous submissions with prompt notification if your work is accepted elsewhere, as well as submissions in multiple genres. Please provide contact information and a brief biography for all submissions. Current LSU students and faculty are not eligible for publication.
As a journal we are committed to publishing underrepresented voices, and aim to foster diversity in our issues. Although we ask for a small fee for our general submissions, this fee helps us sustain and extend this practice into our community by hosting and supporting readings, contests, and other literary events.
All published work will be eligible for our Matt Clark Editors’ Choice Prizes in Prose and Poetry. The winners of the prize (one prose writer and one poet, selected from the fall and spring issues of the current academic year) will be chosen by the NDR staff and receive $250.
New Delta Review is thrilled to announce our 13th annual chapbook competition. For this contest, we're looking for manuscripts of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid work. We’re interested in works that have some cohesion to them. We like things that are compelling and hold our attention. In the past, we've trended towards accepting things that challenge out ideas of tradition, but any aesthetic choices are fair game and will be considered.
Entry fee: $8
- All submissions require an $8 entry fee and must be entered as .pdf, .doc., or .docx, through Submittable.
- We are only excepting works written primarily in English. We are not accepting translations.
- Manuscripts should be 20-35 pages in length and should include a title page with contact information. The title page and table of contents will not be included in the page count.
- While individual pieces within the manuscript may be published elsewhere, the manuscript must be unpublished as a whole. If individual pieces have been published, writers can include an acknowledgments page at the end of the manuscript. An acknowledgement page will also not count toward the 20-35 page limit.
- Multiple submissions are allowed but require separate entry fees. Simultaneous submissions are welcome on the condition that writers notify NDR of another acceptance as soon as possible.
- Current students and faculty of LSU are ineligible.
- Publication of chapbook, 25 author copies, and feature in New Delta Review issue
Final Judge: Ashley M. Jones
About Ashley: ASHLEY M. JONES is the Poet Laureate of Alabama (2022-2026). She is the first person of color and the youngest person to hold this position in its 93 year existence. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press 2017), dark / / thing (Pleiades Press 2019), and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press 2021). She is the co-editor of WHAT THINGS COST: An Anthology for the People (University Press of Kentucky, 2023). Her poetry has earned several awards, including the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, a Literature Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She was a finalist for the Ruth Lily Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2020, and her collection, REPARATIONS NOW! was on the longlist for the 2022 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Jones has been featured on news outlets including Good Morning America, ABC News, and the BBC. Her poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming at CNN, POETRY, The Oxford American, Origins Journal, The Quarry by Split This Rock, Obsidian, and many others. She co-directs PEN Birmingham, and she is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival. She is the Associate Director of the University Honors Program at UAB, and she is part of the Core Faculty of the Converse University Low Residency MFA Program. She recently served as a guest editor for Poetry Magazine. In 2022, she received a Poet Laureate Fellowshipfrom the Academy of American Poets.
We consider artwork in all media—from traditional (painting, drawing, photography, installation/sculpture) to new media (video, animation, and hypertext). Please consider our online format, and the possibilities of art on the web, when submitting your work. We want art that works with or around the limits that our online platform offers. Please see our past photography contest winners and the cover art featured in our back issues for a sense of our evolving aesthetic. We strive to push against traditional concepts and forms; send us your wildest and most challenging pieces.
For image submissions, please attach med-res JPG (no larger than 4MB). For video/new media submissions, links are acceptable.
If you are sending new media artwork, bear in mind that we will link it from this website, which is somewhat limited in its ability to host microsites and large media files. This may require hosting your work on a third party site.
NDR has a tradition of experimentation (just look at our past issues), though we're not married to that tradition, or any tradition, for that matter. We flirt the weird, the formal, the lyric, the lineated, the nonlineated, prose poetry, sad poetry, mad poetry, ex-boyfriend poetry (but just know we get a lot of that, regardless), sonnets, sestinas, ghazals, and anything in between. What we're looking for extends beyond what's cleverly packaged. We're looking for something that makes our heart beat. We like voice driven poetry and we don't care what length (though if it's more than 5 pages, we start to tap out, but send it anyway).
- Send no more than 5 poems. We're serious about this.
- Try to keep your submission under 10 pages, pls. We'll still give it a look if it's more, but there's something about 10 pages that feels like a sweet spot. We like that.
- Simultaneous submissions are always accepted, just pls let us know if they've been snatched up by another journal. We try to respond in 3-4 months, though due to the amount of subs and the fact that we are almost exclusively run by a team of volunteers, this may not always be achieveable. We want to give every submission the time it deserves.
Every submission we publish will be nominated for our annual Matt Clark Prize which includes a 250 dollar award and some some props on our socials.
We welcome all kinds of short stories. We like weirder things (check out our past issues for more deets) but we're never opposed to reading more traditional stories. The main thing is to keep us engaged. We want something we can't put down. We like yearning, but if your character is anti yearning, that's okay too. Got a big, ground breaking critique on society? Send it. Got a soul crushing romance about a lover who is secretly a walking bag of rats? Well, read "Rats: A Love Story" by Anna-Claire McGrath in issue 13.2 first, then send it.
Some general guidelines:
- We don't have nice, tight word count, but know that we are online magazine, so we like shorter things. We're talking max 4,000 word.
- If you're writing flash, send up to 3 stories with a max of 1,500 words each.
- Simultaneous submissions are always welcome.
We try to respond in 3-4 months from the date of submission, but because we are almost exclusively volunteer run literary magazine, we may take longer.
Thank you for sending your work, and happy submitting.
We're looking for essays, personal or otherwise, articles about place, current events, niche hobbies, etc. We want something human. Kristi D. Osorio's essay "Done to Death" in issue 14.1 is a good example of what we like. We do not accept academic papers, but we do like critical analysis. Do you play with form? We want to see it. Do you embrace the weird? Spectacular. Send it.
- We don't have any hard and fast word counts, though we like things that sit at the 4,000 words or less mark.
- For flash nonfiction, you may send 3 essays, each no more than 1,500 words.
- Simultaneous submissions are always welcome.
We will try to respond 3-4 months after the date of submission, but because we are run almost entirely by volunteers, we may take longer.
Thank you for choosing NDR. Happy submitting!