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Submission Guidelines

Note: We are no longer accepting submissions.
We want the best that you've got. We want crazy beautiful characters, unforced and unsentimental prose, unexpected plots, great opening lines, and edgy dialogue. But mostly we want great, honest stories that move us and leave us shaken through the sheer force of narrative will. Surprise us.

Our preference is for stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words, although both longer and shorter pieces are considered. We do not publish flash or micro-fiction.

We accept poetry submissions on any subject and in any style, although we tend to avoid rhyming poetry and prose poems. Read the magazine for excellent examples of what we're seeking. We want compelling ideas, unforced language, and genuine meaning over sentimentality.

Up to five poems may be submitted at a time, and all pieces should be included in a single file.

The criteria for fiction apply to non-fiction submissions as well. We want strong biographical or autobiographical narratives that read like fiction, with clearly defined characters and a compelling story-line. We are not looking for essays, reviews, travelogues or editorials at this time.
How to Submit
We accept electronic submissions only, using our online submission form. If you have technical difficulties using the form, please contact us at support@northwindmagazine.com.
Manuscript Format
You may submit documents in any of the following formats:

  • .DOC (Microsoft Word format)
  • .DOCX (Microsoft Word 2007 and later format)
  • .TXT (Notepad or other plain text format)
  • .RTF (Wordpad or other rich text format)

    All manuscripts should be in a clear, readable 12-point type, preferably Times Roman or a similar typeface, with one-inch margins and numbered pages. Fiction and non-fiction should be double-spaced; poetry should be single-spaced, with all poems submitted in a single document. The author's name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page, and all other pages should include the page number, title and author's last name in the header.

  • Cover Letters and Biographical Information
    You may optionally copy and paste a brief cover letter into the submission form. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you will be given an opportunity to provide biographical text, a photo, and other information for our Contributor pages.
    We will do our best to notify you, via the email address you provide with your submission, within 8 to 10 weeks. If you haven't received a notification email from us after 10 weeks, please feel free to contact us at submissions@northwindmagazine.com.
    Reading Period
    Manuscripts may be submitted at any time throughout the year.
    Simultaneous Submissions
    We welcome simultaneous submissions. We only ask that you let us know as soon as possible in the event that a submitted work is accepted for publication elsewhere, by withdrawing your work from our online submission system.
    Multiple Submissions
    We kindly request that you submit only one fiction or non-fiction work at a time, and no more than five poems at a time. You're free to submit additional pieces after hearing back from us.
    Previously Published Works
    We do not consider works which have been previously published, either in print or in electronic format.
    Northwind pays $150 for the issue's featured story only. All contributors, however, will be provided with a dedicated page on the site for biographical information (including photo), any relevant web site links, and an optional feedback form for readers.
    Rights Acquired
    Northwind acquires first serial rights, including both print and electronic rights. Copyright remains with the author.