Submission Guidelines

Submit your work between September 1 and December 1 using our Submittable.

ALL work submitted during this period will be under consideration for the Writer Awards. You do not have to send any separate submissions for the contest.

Please do NOT submit any work via email or snail mail. All hard copy submissions will be recycled without being reviewed.

Open submission THEME: 2019 - 2020

There's Something About Travel:

Miriam Beard said, "Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." Please submit works that show how travel represents change or creates change in people as well as in the places people go. Works can explore how movement through space has immediate and lasting effects.

If you are NOT a member of the Nassau Community College Community, please follow these general guidelines:

In the Bio/Cover Letter box on Submittable, please include a short note that includes:

  • How you heard about The Nassau Review
  • Title(s) of work(s) you are submitting.  Include word count if prose.
  • Bio of 100 words max.
  • Links to your blogs or websites


  • One to three (1-3) pieces of flash fiction up to 100 words OR one short story up to 3000 words
  • Double space
  • Doc or docx - file name LastNameProseTitle

Creative Non-Fiction:

  • Send one piece of 3000 words max
  • Double space
  • No critical analysis
  • Doc or docx file with the file name: LastNameProseTitle


  • Send one to three (1—3) pieces with a 50 line maximum, single space
  • Acceptable Categories: form, prose poems, free verse, lists, song lyrics, writing that doesn’t quite fit any genre but you know it’s something
  • Doc or docx-LastName [number of] POEMS. Include all your poems in ONE file with page breaks between each.

We do not consider:

  • Children’s literature
  • Clearly and explicitly prejudiced, violent, or discriminatory material that has the sole purpose of being prejudiced, violent, and discriminatory
  • Obscene work that has the sole purpose of being obscene
  • Cliché, unoriginal work
  • Fan fiction
  • Business, scientific, or other non literary papers
  • Previously published work—online publication is publication, so do not send work that has been published anywhere, including online


  • Send one to three (1—3) pieces
  • Acceptable Categories: drawings, photographs, diagrams
  • Doc or docx - LastNameTitle. You will have to submit them separately, which is fine for this category only.

Critical Prose:

By solicitation only

If you ARE a member of the NCC Community, please follow the guidelines above *AND* submit your work to the Voices of NCC category on Submittable. Do NOT use the genre categories for your submission. Include in your cover letter how you are part of the NCC community AND the genre of your work.

Members of the NCC Community include all past and present faculty, staff, and administration.

NCC students are not eligible for publication. Current students should submit to the student run Creative Writing Club's journal, LUNA.

Alumni students are eligible to submit under the general guidelines, though you should indicate in your cover letter when you graduated or attended NCC. Members of the NCC Community are NOT eligible for cash awards.

For all submission:

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.  Please let us know they are simultaneous when you submit them.  Example: I am submitting “[titles].” These are simultaneous submissions.
  • Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Use the WITHDRAW function or leave a note in Submittable. Withdrawing Submission, First Name Last Name.
  • Please do not submit additional work until you have heard back from us about your submission.
  • You MAY submit in different categories during the same submission period, but only one submission per category.

Note: Editors may respond with a conditional acceptance, delineating minor edits that need to be made before publication. As the author, you reserve the right to withdraw your work should you not accept the constructive feedback.

Publication Rights: By submitting your work, you agree to have your work published in one issue of The Nassau Review as well as possibly on our website.  You grant us first North American serial rights and the right to archive your work online for an indefinite period of time. You retain all other rights, which means you can republish the work in other journals (after one year from the date of publication in our journal), and you can republish it in or as your own book. Any subsequent publication of accepted work should note that you were first published in The Nassau Review.

The Nassau Review pays its contributors with two hard copies of the review. The journal is only available in print and cannot be purchased. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in your submission not being read and you will not receive a response.

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