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General Submission Guidelines

At The Upper New Review, we are seeking out place-based creative works around the globe.

These are the general submission guidelines for the Upper New Review, both online and in print.

We need to know who is responsible for creating the work.  Please provide your name and contact information with the submission.  If the work is collaborative, information for all primary contributors involved with the completion of the work should be included.  We want to give credit where credit is due.

Every submission is required to have a well-conceived cover letter.  Please, no boilerplate forms.  Please, do not copy and paste.  Tell us what we need to know about the pieces or creative works you are submitting. Tell us “the why.” Take anywhere from one paragraph to two pages, whatever works for you.

If you're looking for inspiration to help you write your letter, please check out our Foundations and Prompts and our Creator Categories.

Send only complete works that are ready for publication.

Simultaneous submissions...

If you are resident of the Upper New River basin, or a neighbor, or a continental, or a global: we welcome simultaneous submissions, and we request that you notify us immediately (and withdraw your submission) if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

If you are a visitor to the Upper New River basin: please, no simultaneous submissions.  We want work specific to the Upper New River Basin.

Anyone is welcome to make multiple submissions at once, so long as they are in different categories.  For example, you could submit a short story, and one or more paintings of a hummingbird sipping from a native flower. (e.g., prose vs. visual art).  

If you wish to make multiple submissions in the same category, please wait until you have a response from us before making an additional submission.  For example, please don’t submit a short story and an essay at the same time.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print or online.  This does not include personal blogs, social media posts, etc.

Currently, due to UNR staff limitations, submissions must be written in English.

We’re open to all subject matter, with the exception that we will not publish erotica or anything containing gratuitous sexual content.  For example, we would happily read a personal reflection on the annual mating habits of river otters in the North Fork of the New River.

Response Times

Responses for any submission can take up to six months, with variations depending on the contents of the submission.  Typically,  we will strive to have a response for your submission within two months.  If it has been six months since you submitted, and you have not heard from us, please do send us a follow-up inquiry!

Who should submit work to the Upper New Review?  

We’re happy for anyone creating work that aligns with the Upper New River guidelines to submit their work.  For the sake of clarity, we have four separate categories for people submitting work: residents, neighbors, continentals, and visitors.

Residents are people who live in the Upper New River basin.

Neighbors are people who live in one of the nine basins that border the Upper New River basin: Watauga (06010103), South Fork Holston (06010102), North Fork Holston (06010101), Middle New (05050002), Upper James (02080201), Upper Roanoke (03010101), Upper Dan (03010103), Upper Catawba (03050101), Upper Yadkin (03040101).

Continentals are people who live anywhere else in North America: Canada, The United States, and Mexico.

Globals are people who live in Central and South America (which we define as every nation and watershed south of the Mexico border), Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Antarctica.

Visitors are people who live anywhere in the world who have been physically present in the Upper New River Basin for any duration of time, even a short day trip.

For a more detailed overview, please visit the creator categories page on our website.

(We are working on our “Global” category.  It’s taking us some time to map out the watersheds of the other continents.  If you’re keen to help us with this task, please drop us a line!)

$15.00



Thank you for your interest in our 2024 Short Story Contest!

This is a short story fiction writing contest.

The short story contest is open to any English language writer anywhere on Earth, aged 13 years or older.

We are open to receiving submissions of short stories originally written in a language other than English, that have since been translated to English.  If this is the case, the original non-English manuscript must be available for review upon request.

The Theme: Sense of Place

The theme for this short story contest is A Sense of Place.

We don’t want to provide too much structure to our theme.  We hope contest entrants will interpret this theme as they see fit, expressing a keen sense of place within 3000 to 10000 words of fictional narrative.

However: Our simple definition for sense of place is: figuring out the reality of where you are, and how you perceive that reality, and what your perception of that reality means to you.

Submissions

We’ll be using our Submittable platform to accept submissions for the short story contest.  

No other forms of submission will be accepted.

Prizes and Awards

The contest winner will receive a $200 cash prize.

Several honorable mentions may be awarded to additional short story submissions.

Additionally, three thematic prizes may be awarded in this short story contest, depending on the quality of submissions, at the discretion of The Upper New Review publisher.  These prizes include:

  • Dana Meadows Award – for demonstrated systems wisdom
  • Fritjof Capra Award – for demonstrated understanding of the hidden connections of the web of life
  • Gary Snyder Award – for demonstrated understanding of bioregionalism

All winners (the contest winner, any honorable mentions, and any thematic prize winners) will be published in The Upper New Review.

Rules and Guidelines

The entry fee to submit a single manuscript to the short story contest is $15.

All short stories entered into the contest will also be considered for publication in The Upper New Review, regardless of the outcome of this contest.

Uploaded short story manuscripts should be properly formatted.  At a minimum, manuscripts should be double-spaced, using at least a 12-point serif font.  Please also include page numbers.

Several standard file formats are acceptable for uploaded manuscripts.  PDF is preferred, but not required.

Manuscripts do not need to be blinded for this contest.  This means that identifying information of the author should be included in the manuscript – this information does not need to be removed.

The minimum word count for short stories submitted to this contest is 3,000 words.

The maximum word count for short stories submitted to this contest is 10,000 words.

Authors may submit up to four total short stories for this contest.  Each short story entered requires a separate submission and $15 entry fee.  Additional submissions from a single author beyond the maximum allowed of four submissions will be automatically rejected.

The manuscript submission review process commences upon receipt of submission.

Manuscripts submitted early in the contest submission window may be accepted for publication before the end of the contest deadline.  Status for publication does not have any effect on the contest awards outcome.

All cash prizes may be awarded contingent upon the volume of submissions to the contest. Awards are subject to change based on these submission volumes, including the potential for increase in awards.

All contest submissions are final.  The Upper New does not offer refunds for submissions, except upon written request under extenuating circumstances.

Additional online events and curated publications may be announced for contest entries and winners, contingent upon the number and quality of submissions to the contest.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Contest Timeline

  • Short Story Contest Submissions Open: January 1, 2024
  • Short Story Contest Deadline: March 31, 2024
  • Short Story Contest Judging Completed: April 30, 2024
  • Short Story Contest Winner and Prize(s) Announced: May 15, 2024

Thank your for your interest in our Short Story Contest.  We look forward to your submission.

In the meantime, if you have not already, please follow us on relevant social platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter/X, and LinkedIn.

$10.00


 

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the 2024 Mobile Media Contest!

Our mobile media contest is a global visual arts contest.

The visual arts contest is open to any human creator anywhere on Earth, aged 13 years or older.

How do we define static visual art?  We define static visual art as any form of visual art than can be printed and published on a flat surface.

How do we define mobile media?  We define mobile media as any artifact of static visual art that was manufactured entirely within the machinery of a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) - photography, digital art, illustration, 3d models, etc.

The Theme: Sense of Place

The theme for this mobile media visual arts contest is A Sense of Place.

We don’t want to provide too much structure to our theme.  We hope mobile media contest entrants will interpret this theme as they see fit, expressing a keen sense of place using whichever static visual artistic media they see fit, within the confines of a mobile device.

However: Our simple definition for sense of place is: figuring out the reality of where you are, and how you perceive that reality, and what your perception of that reality means to you.

Submissions

We’ll be using our Submittable platform to accept submissions for the mobile media visual arts contest.  

No other forms of submission will be accepted.

Prizes and Awards

The contest winner will receive a $200 cash prize.

Several honorable mentions may be awarded to additional short story submissions.

Additionally, three thematic prizes may be awarded in this short story contest, depending on the quality of submissions, at the discretion of The Upper New Publisher.  These prizes include:

  • Dana Meadows Award - for demonstrated systems wisdom
  • Fritjof Capra Award - for demonstrated understanding of the hidden connections of the web of life
  • Gary Snyder Award - for demonstrated understanding of bioregionalism

All winners (the contest winner, any honorable mentions, and any thematic prize winners) will be published in The Upper New Review.

Rules and Guidelines

The entry fee to submit a single work of art to the mobile media visual arts contest is $10.

All artworks entered into the contest will also be considered for publication in The Upper New Review, regardless of the outcome of this contest.

Several standard file formats are acceptable for uploaded visual artworks.

Artworks do not need to be blinded for this contest.  This means that identifying information of the artist does not need to be removed from the submission.

If algorithmic (i.e., “AI” or “artificial intelligence”) content generation tools (e.g., DALL-E, etc.) are involved in any stage of the creative process of artwork submitted, the submitter must provide a disclaimer stating as such.  Honest inclusion of this disclaimer does not affect the chances of the artwork for winning the contest or its chances for publication in The Upper new Review.

Artists may submit up to six total works of art for this contest.  Each single work of art submitted beyond the initial single artwork entered requires a $5 media fee.  The following list explains the fee structure.

  1. Submission of single artwork: $15 entry fee
  2. Submission of two works in single entry: $15 + $5 media fee (x1) = $20 total
  3. Submission of three works in single entry: $15 + $5 media fee (x2) = $25 total
  4. Submission of four works in single entry: $15 + $5 media fee (x3) = $30 total
  5. Submission of five works in single entry: $15 + $5 media fee (x4) = $35 total
  6. Submission of six works in single entry: $15 + $5 media fee (x5) = $40 total

Additional submissions from a single creator beyond the maximum allowed submissions will be automatically rejected.

The artwork submission review process commences upon receipt of submission.

Artwork submitted early in the contest submission window may be accepted for publication before the end of the contest deadline.  Status for publication does not have any effect on the contest awards outcome.

All cash prizes may be awarded contingent upon the volume of submissions to the contest. Awards are subject to change based on these submission volumes, including the potential for increase in awards.

All contest submissions are final.  The Upper New does not offer refunds for submissions, except upon written request under extenuating circumstances.

Additional online events and curated publications may be announced for contest entries and winners, contingent upon the number and quality of submissions to the contest.

Contest Timeline

  • Mobile Media Contest Submissions Open: January 1, 2024
  • Mobile Media Contest Deadline: March 31, 2024
  • Mobile Media Contest Judging Completed: April 30, 2024
  • Mobile Media Contest Winner and Prize(s) Announced: May 15, 2024

Thank your for your interest in our Mobile Media Contest.  We look forward to your submission.

In the meantime, if you have not already, please follow us on relevant social platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter/X, and LinkedIn.

$5.00

We're seeking out research narratives from people pursuing knowledge in any field, all over Earth.

Who is writing research narratives?  Researchers. You.

You’re conducting research.  That means you’re a researcher.

You might be focused in the sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities.

Maybe it’s just you.  Maybe it’s a collaborative team.

Maybe you’re in the lab.  Maybe you’re in the field.

Maybe you’re doing interdisciplinary work.  Maybe you’re doing transdisciplinary work.

Maybe, just maybe, you’re defying the disciplines. 

Maybe you’re completely undisciplined, in a good way.

Regardless: you’ve got questions, you’ve got methods, and you’ve got findings.  Maybe they’re just preliminary.  You’re still looking.  How’d you get here, and what are you going to do about it?

What are the logistical parameters we are looking for in a research narrative?

We're looking for jargon-free, approachable stories about your research process and findings, and the relevance of how your research fits into the grander scheme of things.  In other words, why are you doing what you're doing, and what's next?

We don't have a maximum word count, but we hope you can be concise and engaging.  We'd rather you worry about crafting a good story that is easy to absorb for someone with a high school education.  Pretend you're teaching people how to understand your work.  We think it's a good idea to have a minimum word count, though: please make sure your narrative is at least 3000 words.  Likely it will be nearer to 5000 words.  But, as long as it is at least 3000 words, concise, and engaging, you should be off to a good start achieving what we're looking for.

This hybrid publication process will be, essentially, a combination of writing, images, and multimedia content.  You may or may not be able to share the data sets associated with your research, but if you can (even if it’s anonymized, etc.), that would be great.  

We also like the idea of sharing analysis syntax or protocols, which would make it much easier for other folks to replicate and verify your work, should that be relevant to the way you’re doing research.

Don't forget:

You will need the following things to complete your submission.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Appropriate files representing your work

We're looking forward to seeing your work!

Thank your for your interest in our call for submissions for Research Narratives.  We look forward to your submission.

In the meantime, if you have not already, please follow us on relevant social platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter/X, and LinkedIn.


 


 

$10.00


Upper New Review logo for eco critical reviews 


One of our ongoing initiatives is to generate and publish a form of critical media reviews that we are calling an eco-critical review.  In 2024, this is a new endeavor for us, and we are still forming the boundaries of what, specifically, an eco-critical review is.  Would you like to help us refine the process?

What is the target object of an eco-critical review?

To this point, we’ve focused heavily upon the written word as the target of a review.

What other sorts of reviews have you consumed?  Movies?  Records?  Restaurants?  We’ve all seen the basic (and highly suspect) five-star review systems pervading the internet to ubiquity.  Using this oversimplified logic: anything can be reviewed.

Can anything be the object(s) under scrutiny as part of an eco-critical review process?  Probably, yes.  A book, a movie, a record, a performance, an app, a museum, a restaurant, a national park, a public transit system.  Any event, process or artifact.  An organization, a corporation, a municipality.  A theoretical or practical concept.

It can be something we’ve not yet thought of.  What do you have in mind?

Guidelines for proposing an eco-critical review.

Using approximately 3-5 pages, please tell us succinctly about the eco-critical review you intend to conduct.

The first page of your proposal should contain the following information:

  • A description of the artifact that is the intended target of the review: including all relevant information available about the intended target.
  • Any background information available about the creator of the artifact to be reviewed
  • If the creator of said artifact is not well known or easy to research, please provide us with as much specific background information as possible in order for us to contextualize the intent of your proposed review

The remaining 2-4 pages of your proposal should contain the following information:

  • Describe to us the basic approach, goals, intentions of your proposed eco-critical review
  • Tell us an approximate word count for your review once it is completed, and give us a basic outline of your proposed review.
  • Tell us more about yourself, and if relevant, why you are qualified to do this particular eco-critical review.
  • If you have a procedural outline and timeline for completion of your eco-critical review in mind, please include this.  It would be helpful as well to let us know how far along you currently are in the process, even if you’re not yet started.

When submitting your proposal, you’ll have several optional additions you may choose to include:

  • Your current CV
  • One writing/multimedia sample that best represents your intended approach to the eco-critical review proposed
  • Additional supplemental materials supporting your proposal – please combine these into a single document taking the form of one or more appendices

In your proposal materials, please be as specific and detailed as possible.  The less effort it takes for us to find/consume the (linked) information you’ve provided, the more quickly we’ll be able to reach a valid decision about your proposal.

Various textual file formats will be accepted when you submit your proposal, such as PDF and DOCX.

Your proposal should be a single document.

Each of your optional additions should be individual documents.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please do not hesitate to drop us a line.

$5.00

You make moving pictures.  These moving pictures involve live action or some kind of animation.

You’re creating some kind of dynamic visual narrative that is fiction, nonfiction, or somewhere in between.

Whatever you’re creating, you can serve it up as a video that can be watched on a screen.

This is an open theme.

What to Submit
Please submit one video that is less than five minutes long.

Fiction or nonfiction.  

Live action or animation or some combination.

You have the option to submit up to three additional motion-based creative works for a media fee of $5 per additional video.

Don't forget:

You will need the following things to complete your submission.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Video file (or PDF with link)

We're looking forward to seeing your work!

The Upper New Review