About NR

Nashville Review was founded with two guiding principles: that our venue would be inclusive of all forms of storytelling, and that it would be both free and available online to anyone who wished to enjoy it. Thus, NR seeks to feature those forms of art not traditionally recognized as literature—comics, film, music, visual art, creative nonfiction, dance, oral storytelling and other performance arts—alongside the more traditional forms of fiction and poetry. We also feature interviews and a community section that showcases work from local writers. We publish three issues annually: on the 1st of April, August, and December. NR is published entirely online, and its readership includes visitors from over 100 countries.

NR is edited by the MFA students at Vanderbilt University. The NR jukebox was designed by Susanna Kwan.

Fall 2014 Masthead

Editor in Chief: Anna Rose Silverstein

Fiction Editors: Simon Han, Theo Yurevitch, Kathryn Williams, Sara Andros, Claire Burgess, Savanna Walker, Rita Bullwinkel, Magdalena Zebracka, Reid Douglass, Katy Cesarotti

Poetry Editors: Simone Wolff, Anne Charlton, Alicia Brandewie, Anders Carlson-Wee, Dan Haney, Max McDonough, Mary Somerville

Nonfiction Editors: Max McDonough, William Scott Lyon, Mary Somerville, Theo Yurevitch

Music Editor: Anders Carlson-Wee

Comics Editor: Katie Foster

Performance Arts Editor: Theo Yurevitch

Community Coordinator: Alicia Brandewie

Interviewers: Katie Foster, Rita Bullwinkel, Michael E. Woods, Alicia Brandewie

Founding Editors: Matthew Baker, Claire Burgess, Kendra DeColo, Lisa Dordal, Robert Funke, Zachary Greenberg, Susanna Kwan, Andrew Rahal, Valerie Sullivan

Contributing Editors: Honor Moore, Kevin Wilson, Thomas Lux, Howard Cruse, Rebecca Makkai, Ander Monson, Salvatore Scibona, Sarah Maclay, Chris Bachelder, Heather Sellers, Imad Rahman, Patrick O’Keeffe, Derrick Brown

Den Mother: Alice Randall

(Head Editors in italics)

Submission Guidelines

Nashville Review seeks to publish the best in traditional and nontraditional genres-–from literary fiction, poetry and nonfiction, to comics, short films, music and other performance arts. Both distinguished and emerging artists are encouraged to submit.

Reading Periods

You may submit fiction and poetry only during the following three months: January, May and September.

Fiction and poetry submitted outside of these reading periods cannot be considered. While we understand this may seem inconvenient, we opt for shorter, more frequent reading periods so that we can give quicker responses to our submitters, thus offering more opportunities to submit throughout the year.

Submissions in all other genres are open year-round.

General Guidelines

All submissions may be made through our online submissions manager.

We DO NOT accept email submissions.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. However, if your work is accepted elsewhere, you must notify us immediately via your Submittable account, not by email.

All submissions must be previously unpublished (in print or electronic form).

As of Summer 2012, we are now paying contributors!
_____Fiction, nonfiction, comics, film, and dance contributors are offered a flat fee of $100 per selection.
_____Oral story poetry and oral storytelling contributors are offered $50 per selection.
_____Poetry contributors are offered $25 per poem.
_____Cover artists are offered $100 per selection.

See below for genre specific guidelines.

Fiction Guidelines

We welcome flash fiction, short stories, and novel excerpts of up to 8,000 words. No genre or children’s fiction. Please submit only once per reading period. If you wish to withdraw and revise your piece, you must resubmit during a subsequent reading period.

Poetry Guidelines

Between two and five poems may be submitted at a time.

Nonfiction Guidelines

Up to 8,000 words.

Comics Guidelines

We’re seeking literary comics. Think Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, Maira Kalman’s The Principles of Uncertainty, Lynda Barry’s One Hundred Demons, Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese, anything by Bechdel or Nilsen or Moebius or Tomine or Tezuka. We’d love to see anything from one-page comics to excerpts from graphic novels.

Music Guidelines

We prefer exclusive tracks: live recordings, studio versions, unreleased songs, remixes, and so on. But we’re happy to consider anything.

Performance Arts Guidelines: for Film, Drama, Dance, Oral Storytelling, Oral Poetry, and so on

Filmmakers, dancers, and performance artists of all kinds interested in submitting their work should contact the Editor at  thenashvillereview@gmail.com. Oral storytelling and poetry submitted through our submissions manager must be in audio formats. Video submissions must be smaller than 500 MB and can be sent to the above email.

Cover Art

Paintings, drawings, and photography may be submitted for cover art as attachments to the Editor at thenashvillereview@gmail.com. Cover art submissions must be in a vertical orientation (see past covers).



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