GNU Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The GNU is now open to submissions for the upcoming Winter 2018 issue!

The motto of the GNU literary journal is "All Genres are Created Equal." We accept traditional literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; but we are also friendly to genre fiction, YA literature, short plays, comics, photography, and writing that defies classification. The GNU is an annual online literary journal run by the MFA students at National University. We never charge a submission fee.

Our editorial staff seeks a wide aesthetic and especially desires excellent work, experimental or traditional—or somewhere in between. Please submit original and previously unpublished work or if published prior, the creator retains all rights. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please, withdraw your pieces promptly if it’s accepted elsewhere. Send email to:

Submit no more than a total of five (5) bodies of work combined across the following categories. 

  • Poetry
  • Short stories (1000-5000 words)
  • Creative Nonfiction (1000-5000 words)
  • One-act play (10-minute reading)
  • Script (50-90 pages)
  • Visual Art, such as photography, paintings, drawings, and comics (PNG or Jpeg files)
  • Other bodies of work (1000-5000 words)
  • Submit only one body of work at a time. Example: if you are submitting five poems, each poem is a separate submission. Individual submissions make the judging process swifter and easier since each body of work is judged independently.

Please send only your best work that has undergone thorough edits and has been proofread.

All poetry, short stories (fiction and non-fiction) and other written bodies of work should be double-spaced, 12 pt font, in New Courier or Times New Roman.

All visual art submitted must be saved in a JPEG or PNG format file with a 300 DPI or better, and all images should be publication ready.

Include a brief third-person biography of no more than fifty words.

All notifications will be made on a rolling basis starting in October 2017 with an expected publication date in January 2018.

Please keep in mind, upon publication, GNU Journal assumes first serial rights; however, all rights revert back to contributors upon publication, so the authors and artists may re-publish their work elsewhere providing proper acknowledgment is given to GNU Journal. 

Deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2017.

If you have questions, please email GNU Journal:



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