New Limestone Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

New Limestone Review

New Limestone Review is looking for submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, comics, and genre-bending / multimedia / uncategorizable work for monthly issues of our online literary review. See below for more our on guidelines.

All pieces published online are eligible for inclusion in our print publication.

The Ada Limon Autumn Poetry Prize is currently closed. 

The Gurney Norman Summer Fiction Prize is currently closed. 

General Submission Guidelines:

- Cover letters:

  • please include a short third-person bio that will appear under your piece if published. If you have social media and/or a website, please include your handles and/or urls so we can tag you in our posts if your piece is chosen!
  • When submitting, you'll be asked to include an email address where we can contact you directly if your work is chosen for publication. This is only used for editorial communication; we will never spam you. If you want to be added to our mailing list for updates, please see the magazine's home page!

- When/Where/What/How Often Should I Submit?

  • Poetry submissions are accepted 6 months of the year. Poetry submissions are closed temporarily and will reopen soon. 
  • Fiction is currently open through November 15, 2020. 
  • We will be receiving flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) submissions year-round. 
  • We will only receive Creative nonfiction for 2 months only.
  • You may submit in each genre, but please wait until you hear from us before submitting again in the same genre. Additional submissions in the same genre will be declined without being read.
  • If we have accepted your work for publication, please wait one year from the date of acceptance before submitting more work (in that genre).
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as you let us know as soon as possible if someone else snatches it up first.

If your work has been accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it from consideration:

  • If you are withdrawing the whole submission, go to your Submittable page and choose the option to withdraw.
  • For poetry, art, and flash, if you are withdrawing only a portion of your submission, please email us with the title of the pieces you wish to withdraw: limestone.uky [at] gmail [dot] com (you most likely won't get an acknowledgment email, but rest assured our managing editor checks our email & notes any partial withdrawals in our system a minimum of 3 times a week).
  • Do not email submissions. They will be deleted unread. All submissions must go through Submittable. The $ submission fee covers production costs only; no person on our staff receives any part.
  • Make sure that you are submitting to the correct category
  • Do not send pieces that have been previously published elsewhere, including self-published work. This includes online, on social media, in a personal blog, or self-published work, etc.

-  We will respond within 3 months-6 months. 

  • Thank you so much for your patience, writers! We love reading your work, and give everything we read full consideration. 
  • If you have not heard from us in six months, you may query us at the email above.


Please see the individual descriptions under each genre for genre-specific information regarding length and details!

Although we appreciate literary work that pushes the envelope in form and style, we will not publish work if the subject matter directly or indirectly questions the validity of other people’s identities or experiences. To clarify: New Limestone Review has a zero tolerance policy for racism, sexism, misogyny, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, ableism or fatphobia.

New Limestone Review does not offer payment at this time, except as noted for winners of our annual contests. Contributors who are chosen for our annual "Best of" print edition will receive a contributor's copy by mail.

If you are affiliated with the University of Kentucky (student, staff, or faculty), please do not submit to New Limestone Review. You may enter your work 2 years after your last year of affiliation with UK.

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