When submitting below, please make sure you are submitting to the correct category, as we have several categories at given times, including for the print journal and for our reading series. 

If you are submitting to the journal, please be sure to read the full guidelines at newtownliterary.org/submit.

If you are submitting to Boundless Tales: A Series for Emerging Writers, please be sure to read the full guidelines at newtownliterary.org/boundlesstales.

Founded in 2011, Boundless Tales: A Series for Emerging Writers gives a platform to the best emerging writers in Queens, NY, the city’s largest and most diverse borough. In this quarterly series held at The Local in Long Island City, we showcase writers who are passionate about their writing and want to share their work in a public forum. Each night, five or six readers are given about ten minutes to read their work, with time throughout the night to connect with other members of the Queens literary community.

We are now open for submissions for the October 19, 2017 reading.

Boundless Tales accepts submissions of new work from new voices. We ask for your best fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—work that is daring, funny, poignant, weird, and perceptive. We welcome writers from all walks of life and encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBT community, those with various immigration stories, gender identities, religions, abilities/disabilities, and those whose work includes languages other than English to submit. Those invited to read their work will also receive payment for their participation.

Additional guidelines:

  • Writers must currently live in Queens, or have spent a significant time living in Queens in the past.
  • Writers must not have had a book or chapbook published (or self-published) or under contract. Writers may be published in online or print journals. We will privilege those with fewer publications, especially in journals with small circulations.
  • What you submit/read must be new work, meaning it has not been published elsewhere at the time of submission (i.e., in print, online, on social media) and you will have not read it as a featured reader elsewhere at the time of the reading. (Having read the submission at an open mic is acceptable.)
  • Submissions must be what you intend to read if you are invited. One submission at a time.
  • All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12-point, 1-inch margins. Double-spaced, if prose.
  • All submissions must go through the Boundless Tales submissions category on Newtown Literary’s Submittable page.
  • Any submissions emailed to Boundless Tales or Newtown Literary will be deleted, unread.

**There is a completely optional $5 add-on donation to Newtown Literary Alliance, the nonprofit organization that runs Boundless Tales. Your donation will help us continue programming like Boundless Tales. Your donation will have no impact on the decision regarding acceptance.**




Ends on July 10, 2017

There is no minimum or maximum number of words/pages, although your document should be double-spaced with standard 12 point font. Shorter submissions to tend to fare better in the evaluation process. Flash-fiction or short-short writers may submit up to 5 pieces, totaling 1,000 words or less, in one document.

DO NOT include your name or other identifiers anywhere in the submission document. 

In your cover letter, be sure to include any connection you have to Queens, NY, as well as any previous publications (not a requirement for acceptance).

**Please note add-on options. You can pay a $15 fee with your submission and receive either one page of constructive feedback on your submission from a Newtown editor or a print copy of the journal. You can also purchase a one-year subscription to the journal or donate to the Newtown Literary Alliance. These submission categories will not affect the review process as reviewers do not have access to this information. If you order a journal or subscription, please include your mailing address in your cover letter.**


Ends on July 10, 2017

Poets may submit up to 5 poems in one document.  Poetry can be in verse, out of verse, and/or experimental.

DO NOT include your name or other identifiers anywhere in the submission document.  

In your cover letter, be sure to include any connection you have to Queens, NY, as well as any previous publications (also not a requirement for acceptance).

**Please note add-on options. You can pay a $15 fee with your submission and receive either one page of constructive feedback on your submission from a Newtown editor or a print copy of the journal. You can also purchase a one-year subscription to the journal or donate to the Newtown Literary Alliance. These submission categories will not affect the review process as reviewers do not have access to this information. If you order a journal or subscription, please include your mailing address in your cover letter.**