NAILED Magazine Submissions
SUBMIT TO NAILED!
NAILED Magazine is always looking for new content, and submissions are encouraged all the time! 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 are looking for writing with grit, heart, and a dignified, innovative head on its shoulders. We accept submissions of Essays, Articles, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography, Reviews, Interviews, Art, Comics, and Letters. 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.
Do not send more than one submission at a time, even in different categories. Under no circumstances should you send the same submission to more than one editor. If you submit a piece that does not fit into any of the categories listed here, you may not receive a response.
**Please do not send PDFs, or if you are only comfortable sending PDFs for submission, be ready to send a Word doc version as soon as your submission is accepted**
Editor’s Choice Essays and Articles: We accept submissions of personal essays, formal essays, and articles that respond to social issues and relevant cultural topics. We are most interested in essays that comment on hot-button issues and/or that share an individual’s personal experience. Essays and articles should not exceed 2000 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Send Editor’s Choice submissions to Carrie at email@example.com.
Fiction: Short Fiction and Novel Excerpt submissions of 2000 words or less will be considered for publication on NAILED Magazine. Long Form Fiction submissions are considered for publication but are not preferred. Previously unpublished work only. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please include a brief bio and bio photo with your submission. Because of the volume of our submissions, we may not be able to get back to everyone who submits Fiction to the magazine. If it’s been more than 6 months, then in all likelihood, we have passed on your work. Send Fiction submissions to Matty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flash Fiction: Flash Fiction pieces should be 500 words or less, though we tend to like them even shorter. Previously unpublished work only. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please include a brief bio and bio photo with your submission. Email Matty at email@example.com with Flash Fiction submissions.
Poetry: The best way to get a feel for the kind of poetry that is NAILED, is to read through the Poetry Suites that we have already published. Send Poetry submissions in suites of at least 5 poems, and not more than 15. Please do not send PDFs, or if you are only comfortable sending PDFs for submission be ready to send a Word doc version as soon as your submission is accepted. If your poems are accepted they will be published in suites of 4 or 5 poems each. If less than 4 of your poems are desired for publication you may be asked to submit more until 4 or 5 are accepted. Previously unpublished work only. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, if you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere by searching your email account for your original submission and replying in that thread. Email Poetry submissions to Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography: Photography submissions will be considered for publication individually, as a featured header image, as well as in Photo Essay form. Photos in a Photo Essay are preferred in multiples of 3, and should be at least 12 images or more. The NAILED lens is candid, fly-on-the-wall, honest, and perhaps lets the viewer in on a secret. We welcome street photography, sets of images that define a social or cultural group or event, and love images that feature people. Previously unpublished work is preferred (this includes work that appears anywhere online), and at least a few images from each photo essay should not be published elsewhere. Send Photography submissions to Carrie at email@example.com.
Art: Art will be considered for publication in a Featured Artist gallery. Samples of artwork in multiples of 3 are preferred. Artwork that is previously unrepresented online is preferred. Send Art submission to our Arts Editor, Shenyah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews: Interviews with cultural figures, writers, artists will be considered for publication. Please contact us directly to inquire about an interview subject before conducting the interview, to make sure that it is an interview that NAILED would be interested in. We are most interested in interviews that feature social issues and hot button topics. Only Interviews that include questions that are NAILED quality will be considered. Interviews must include a specific final question, which is, “When was the last time you NAILED it?” Be sure to include short bios and bio photos for both the subject of the interview and the interviewer. Interviews that are accompanied by photography are preferred. Send Interview submissions to Carrie at email@example.com.
Music: To contribute to our Music Section you may submit a music essay by responding to one of the following prompts: 1) Describe the experience of getting your first album. 2) Describe a mixtape experience that was important to you. 3) Recount the experience of an album you’ve had sex to. 4) Write about a live music performance that deeply affected you. If you have an idea for a different prompt, feel free to email us about your idea. If you submit a live performance or album Music Review, your review should reveal as much about your own personal experience, as it does of the music. Send Music article submissions to Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviews: Book Reviews and Music Reviews (live performance or album) will be considered for publication. (Do not send us materials or links to materials that you would like us to review; you most likely will not receive a response.) Reviews that best suit NAILED are those made personal and artful by the reviewer. We want our reviewers to share as much of themselves and their own story as they do of the art that is being reviewed. Reviews that are accompanied by photography are preferred. Send Review submissions to Carrie at email@example.com.
Comics: Comic submissions are considered for publication as individual panels as well as serial. Serial Comic submissions should include a brief description of the recurring theme or idea, and how often it will publish on NAILED (weekly, bimonthly, etc). Send Comic submissions to Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters: Letters, Open Letters, and Found Letters will be considered for publication. A scan of Found Letters is preferred, whenever possible. You may send the physical Letter to NAILED and we will scan it and return it to you if necessary. Send Letters to Carrie at email@example.com.
Advice Column Questions: Direct questions and secrets to firstname.lastname@example.org or find an anonymous contact form at the bottom of the page of any Lady Jonathan advice post, like this one: here.
** By submitting to NAILED, your email address will be entered into our mailing list. If you do not wish to be added to the list, you can simply unsubscribe to the newsletter email when it lands in your inbox. Thanks for understanding — we do not sell or trade your emails with anyone, they are simply used to help us spread the word about the magazine.
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