General submissions are open!
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.
All manuscripts must specify the author's name and email address. We welcome simultaneous submissions with prompt notification if your work is acceptance elsewhere, as well as submissions in multiple genres. Please provide contact information and a brief biography for all submissions, in addition to following each genre's individual guidelines. 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 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.
We publish fiction of wildly different styles and modes. While we tend to gravitate toward the weirder side of things, our aesthetic is always in flux and this dynamism is exciting to us. We enjoy stories with or without plots, but, either way, we're looking for complete fictions, ones with an arc, an atmosphere, a heart, preferably with blood. Novel excerpts are fine as long as they're self-contained: if it needs a summary to make sense, it's not for us. Please check out what we've published in the past; current and back issues are available for free, right here, on the internet.
While we do occasionally publish longer pieces, we prefer our stories to come in at around 3,000 words. We also have a special interest in flash fiction, and brief series of flash pieces.
We would like you to challenge traditional notions of lyricism, or avoid the lyric altogether. Stricter forms are fine, but we tend to prefer them corrupted. Embrace the radical, the political, the bizarre, but do so with purpose. Five poems max, please and thank you.
We are looking for experimental essays that explore personal experiences, that engage the reader on both an affective and intellectual level. We enjoy work that celebrates the genre's complexity by pairing compelling content with innovative structure. We want to see you exploring and questioning through your work, so that readers can experience the journey alongside you. Though we're generally less fond of travel writing, we want to be taken somewhere, with ambience and texture and resonance. Questions are as valuable as answers—show us your vulnerability. While we do occasionally publish longer essays, we prefer submissions of around 3,000 words or less.
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 JPGS (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.
Genre can be a bummer. We feel you. We'd love to see works playing with multiple genres and disciplines, along with ones that resist categorization entirely. Break some ground. Make it explode.
Submissions of 3,000 words or under are preferred, but we'll also consider longer works if the length seems integral.