NAILED Magazine submissions, photo by Kwesi


NAILED Magazine Submissions


NAILED Magazine is always looking for new content, and submissions are encouraged year-round. Our magazine is designed and curated to publish and promote stories of human struggle and personal experience in an accessible medium. We are most interested in the personal stories of voices that have been historically marginalized. We are dedicated to pointing cultural focus towards issues that we believe are of most importance (and are so often pushed aside), such as: sexuality, gender, race, death, mental health, sex politics, trauma, identity, the body, abuse, etc… If you are a passionate, intelligent, and artful person who has strong opinions and an inclination toward raw, honest art and storytelling, then give us a chance to look at your words/art for NAILED.

We accept submissions of Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Photography/Visual Art. If your submission in any category is accepted, you will be asked to send a short (3 or 5 sentence bio), including a link to your website if you so choose, and a bio photograph. It may take up to 90 days to accept or decline submissions. Please see below for more thorough guidelines.

We accept only work that has not been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. All rights revert to the author upon publication with NAILED, however, we do ask that any subsequent publication of work originally appearing in NAILED Magazine cite the initial publication. We always appreciate the opportunity the view your work, but are unable to provide feedback on all submissions.


Nonfiction: We accept submissions of Personal Essays, Formal Essays, and Articles that explore the personal, the political, and intersections between the two. Essays and articles should not exceed 4,000 words.  Send Nonfiction submissions to Jessica at

Fiction: Short Fiction and Novel Excerpt submissions of 4,000 words or less, as well as Flash Fiction submissions of up to 1,000 words, will be considered for publication on NAILED Magazine.  Send Fiction submissions to Jessica at

Poetry: Poetry submissions should be sent in an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) and should include a minimum of 5 poems and not more than 15. If your poems are accepted, they will be published in suites of 4 or 5 poems each. If fewer than 4 of your poems are desired for publication, you may be asked to submit additional material until 4 or 5 are accepted. Send Poetry submissions to Sam at

Photography/Visual Art: Photography/Visual Arts submissions will be considered for publication individually, as a featured header image, as well as in Photo Essay or Gallery form. Photo Essay and Gallery submissions should feature a well-defined theme and must include 12 images or more. **Previously unpublished work is preferred (this includes work that appears anywhere online), however, submissions will be considered provided that at least a few images have not been published elsewhere.** Send Photography/Visual Art submissions to Julia at



Learn more about the cover image on this page by photographer Kwesi Abbensetts.