Submissions are now open!
New Delta Review publishes a wide range of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book reviews, interviews, and artwork. Please read the editor statements below for a sense of our aesthetics, our mission statement, and, of course, check out our back issues, available online. All submissions must be sent using Submittable.
New Delta Review believes in straddling the line between beautiful and ugly, fearless and utterly terrified. We want you to challenge traditional notions of lyricism. Be quite sure you have done all that you can for lyricism and that it has done all that it can for you. No static poems here—no static anywhere!—unless it is the lightning between the sheets of your stanzas, and then please, by all means. And when you have dissected the meaning of timbre, and splayed its innards on your pages, send that poem to us. Five poems max, please and thank you.
We publish fiction in wildly different styles and modes. It’s easy to say, “Please read our journal to get a sense of our aesthetic,” so we will! Please read our journal to get a sense of our aesthetic; current and back issues are available for free, right here, on the internet. After you’ve read, please send us fiction that is emotionally engaging and structurally sound. We also appreciate (carefully considered) risks with language, content, and form. While we sometimes 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.
At New Delta Review, we are looking for experimental essays that explore personal experience through hybrid forms and works that engage the reader on an emotional and intellectual level. We enjoy work that celebrates the complexity of the genre by pairing compelling content with innovative structure. We want to see you, the writer, exploring and questioning through your work, so that we may experience the journey alongside you. We’re excited to see you move beyond catharsis, to get at the potential of the personal experience. In this genre, questions are as valuable as answers—show us your vulnerability. While we’re open to longer submissions, we prefer essays to come in under 5,000 words.
We consider artwork in every medium—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 seems to work 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, and send us work that seems fitting for a journal striving to push against traditional concepts and forms.
NDR seeks the most creative interviews and reviews—we want to hear about books and authors that range from the mainstream or the very-well-known to the not-so-well-known and deeply underground. We want to know what’s hot to you. Please see our back issues to get a sense of our length requirements and standard practices—but don’t be afraid to surprise us with something that’s entirely different.
Ryan R. Gibbs Contest for Flash Fiction and Photography
Our annual contest is two-fold, bringing in artist judges from both fields to award winners $400. For the Flash Fiction contest, we are looking for tight narrative packages (1,500 words or less) that grab us and won’t let go. For the Photography contest, we are looking for an equally narrative-driven series of images, one that is evocative and surprising; one that immerses us in an innovative story.
Matt Clark Editors’ Prize
While we regret that we do not pay our contributors for their work, all fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (except for contest winners) published in our issues are automatically eligible for our Matt Clark Editors’ Prize in Prose and Poetry. Two winners each year (one in prose and one in poetry) will receive $250 after being selected by the NDR Editors. Entries for the 2016-2017 prizes must be received by April 15, 2017.