2017 GNU Submissions Now Open

Creative inspiration

Submit your work and become part of the history of this comprehensive creative journal.

The deadline for submissions for the 2017 GNU is

December 15th, 2016.

Publication will be January 2017.

The GNU seeks to provide an inclusive literary journal with an appreciation of all genres. Traditional literary works, short plays, young adult fiction, poetry, literary fiction, new adult, children’s literature, horror, comedy, western, mystery, historical fiction, memoir, personal essay, short fiction – even comics…you name it, we accept it.

Please limit submissions to five (5) bodies of work in total.

Writers retain all rights to their work.

Visit our submission’s page for more details

GNU: Literary Journal. Issue #1. Winter 2016.

 

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There you are! Lovely! We’ve been expecting you. Please—come in, come in.

You can leave your troubles at the door. The news as well. Sure, right there is fine. Shoes are optional. Socks and slippers too. What’s a smelly foot or two between friends? Go ahead—put them up if you like.

Well, we’ve made it to the start of another year. A time for resolutions. A time when we are more likely to remember that any ole’ day can be a brand new start, for our writing practice, our patience, our diet (which could probably use a little more variety, and for me fewer lattes).

As I sat reading all of the pieces submitted for publication, I wondered at the variety, at the fact that even though the experiences conveyed may have been utterly unfamiliar to me, the resulting emotions were not. It reminded me that at our deepest level we have more commonalities than differences. We have the capacity to laugh, to love. To hate. We are, after all, all human.

This publication seeks to celebrate differences, in genres and styles for certain, but hopefully more. As you enjoy this feast of food for the soul, may you nibble on something different. May your heart be nourished. If you are feeling brave, slip into someone else’s shoes, however briefly, and see if the change in perspective alters anything for you. The theory is that it will make us stronger, together more resilient to negativity and hate, which the media chases with the fervor of bodachs in a Dean Koontz novel.

With the greatest of admiration, thank you to all of the writers who were brave enough to bare their souls to strangers by submitting their work. A big thanks and virtual hugs to the readers who neglected significant others, children, pets, and various plant life in the making of this journal. I give a deep curtsy to Frank Montesonti and National University, the proud parents of this journal, who are visionary in their approach of inclusion.

Stay as long as you like, my friend. You are welcome anytime. It is an honor to be the one to greet you at the door.

Sincerely,

Diane O’Shea, MFA

Editor in Chief

GNU Submissions

The first digital edition of National University’s GNU literary journal is coming soon! Submit your work and become part of the history of this new comprehensive creative journal.

The deadline for submissions for the 2016 GNU is November 30, 2015. Publication will be January, 2016.

The GNU seeks to provide an inclusive literary journal with an appreciation of all genres. Traditional literary works, short plays, young adult fiction, children’s literature, horror, comedy, western, mystery, historical fiction, memoir, personal essay, short fiction – even comics…you name it, we accept it.

Writers retain all rights to their work.

Please follow these guidelines to ensure your work receives all the consideration it deserves:

  1. Submit text only works as Word or .rtf format; ensure your name is not included in the attachment
  2. Submit comics or other works containing artwork as .png with a width no wider than 600 pixels so that they fit in our pages.
  3. Submit each work as a separate submission
  4. Ensure your work has a title and a genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction)
  5. Please limit poetry and comic/artwork submissions to: 5 pieces, not to exceed 10 printed pages
  6. Please limit fiction and creative nonfiction to: 10,000 words (larger works can be submitted but may not be read)
  7. As always, ensure your work has been proofed and polished!

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all of the writers who sent us their hard work. Please look for the call for submissions for the 2017 edition of GNU Journal in the fall.