Frequently Asked Questions

NewPages: Good Reading Starts Here

NewPages is the Portal of Independents! News, information and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, independent bookstores, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.

From Utne magazine: "NewPages.com, the best overall Internet portal to the alternative press, independently organizes pages of links to hundreds of magazines, independent publishers and bookstores, literary magazines, newsweeklies, and review sources. NewPages.com also publishes unique book and zine reviews, and an interesting weblog broadly covering the world of arts, publishing, and libraries."

Contact Us

Website: www.newpages.com

Mailing Address:
NewPages
PO Box 1580
Bay City, MI  48706

Phone: (989) 671-0081

Contact form: npofficespace.com/contact-us/

Publisher: Casey Hill
Editor: Denise Hill
Managing Editor: Nicole Foor
Book Review Editor: Holly Zemsta
Magazine Review Editor: Kirsten McIlvenna
Web Researcher: Katy Haas

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Bookstore Listings

To get your bookstore listed in the NewPages Guide to Independent Bookstores, contact us.

Please include a link to the bookstore's website and full mailing address (including zip code).

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Linking to NewPages

All links going to www.newpages.com are welcome. You do not need our permission to link to our site. Please do not use frames; use only direct links to the site. We do have a link exchange page, so please let us know you have linked to www.newpages.com, and send us the url where the link appears. www.newpages.com is protected by copyright and information from the site should not be reproduced without permission from NewPages.

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Getting Reviewed in NewPages

Book/CD/DVD Guidelines

NewPages lists new books, CDs and DVDs primarily from independent and university publishers. We will list material from major publishing houses, particularly those non-bestseller titles most likely to be overlooked by mainstream review media.

We are particularly interested in books in the categories of fiction,  literary nonfiction (such as auto-/biography, philosophy, or cultural studies), general nonfiction (art, politics, environment, women's issues, LGBT), and poetry. We also accept graphic novels, chapbooks, music CDs (music and spoken word), and young adult books.

We list new titles only - published within the current year. At the start of the new year, we will continue to accept any previous year's title until April/May, at which time we will become more fussy about it having been published in the latter half of the previous year.

If you want your book to be considered for a review, please send two copies. We need to keep one in the office to check against any review that might be submitted. Advanced Reading Copies preferred. Regardless of what your marketing material suggests, you do not need to send your books priority mail; save your money. A brown envelope is just the same as a red, white and blue one to us - all get recycled (except for pretty stamps and cool envelope art).

The Book Stand lists books NewPages has received for review. Visitors frequently share with us their appreciation for our focus on quality alternative titles. This page helps readers, including librarians and booksellers, in their decision-making process for purchase of titles in an overwhelming sea of publications available.

Books/CDs/DVDs of quality that fit the above mentioned guidelines may be contacted for information for an enhanced listing on the Book Stand page.

Our Address and Bogus Requests

All materials for consideration should be sent directly to NewPages. No one other than the publisher and editors are authorized to request any materials for NewPages, and even then, no other than PO Box 1580, Bay City, MI 48706 should be used for sending materials. All materials must be sent to the post office box. Please do not use UPS or FedEx.

If you feel your book/CD/DVD meets the guidelines mentioned above, and you would like it considered for a listing, you may send copies to:

NewPages
PO Box 1580
Bay City, MI 48706

This is the ONLY AUTHORIZED ADDRESS for NewPages review materials.

Self Publish, Author Publish and Print On-Demand Publications

We appreciate the interest so many writers show in NewPages, and over the years there have been a growing number of self-published authors wanting to have their books listed on NewPages. NewPages will list these titles as "Received." It may take several weeks for the book to appear on the site. Please do not call or e-mail us to see if the book has been received.

If your book is self-published or printed by a POD company like iUniverse or PublishAmerica, send only one copy if you want it listed on the Books Received page.

We do not review self-published or author-subsidized books. Essentially, if you paid *any* money to have your book printed/"published," this applies to your book. If you are unclear about this distinction, it's best if you just send one copy.

We are not reviewing e-books at this time.

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Guide to Book Publishers

We are continually updating our online guide to book publishers. We cannot list every publisher, and there are a variety of factors we use in deciding on which presses to list. For example, a press should have national distribution with a company such as Consortium or Small Press Distribution. Simply being available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor or on Amazon is not the same. Membership in national literary organizations like CLMP or exhibiting at national conferences like AWP is considered. We also depend on our own judgment from looking at the quality of books you send to us for a listing on our "Books Received" and "New and Noteworthy" pages.

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Magazine Reviews

NewPages maintains one of the most comprehensive on-line listings of print and online literary and alternative magazines. In appreciation for being listed, many publishers place NewPages on a complimentary/review mailing list.

Once a magazine review has been published, the magazine editors will be notified via e-mail. Magazines have the right to utilize the review in part or whole for republication and promotion/advertisement of their publications. Of course, NewPages.com must be credited for the review, and the reviewer should be mentioned as well.

Please let us know of any errors in reviews. We don’t mind at all being notified of spelling errors, misquotes, wrong issue/volume numbers, etc. While our editors try to catch all of this, the more eyes the better, and this is the beauty of web publishing: we can correct those errors. Just inform us and extend your patience in knowing we’re not perfect, but try awfully darn hard.

Print Magazine Reviews

In order for a print magazine to be reviewed, we must receive copies. We cannot, of course, guarantee that a magazine sent to us will be reviewed. The more often the magazine is received, the greater its chances of being selected for and receiving a publishable review. We also try to rotate review coverage to provide a fair chance to as many publications as possible given our limited and changing staff of review writers.

If you would like your publication to be considered for review, please add us to your ongoing mailing list:

NewPages
PO Box 1580
Bay City, MI 48706

PLEASE NOTE: It is helpful if you send two copies of each issue so we can have a check-copy in house. Mags sent out for review are not returned to us.

Online Magazine Reviews

Online magazines will also be considered for review on our Screen Reading page.

We list new issues of magazines—print and online—on our weekly Magazine Stand. Posting on this page will allow reviewers to know about your new issue, giving it a better chance of being reviewed. To be posted on the magazine stand, send an announcement to Magazine Editor Kirsten McIlvenna.

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Contacting Contributors

Some of our contributors have given contact information. They appreciate hearing from publishers and writers whose works they have reviewed, especially to receive praise for their time and efforts (which they graciously volunteer).

Correspondence for contributors may be submitted via our contact form, and will be forwarded to the writer. Many of our contributors are freelance writers and published authors; if you are interested in hiring them for writing services, you may contact them directly if they have listed their email address.

Please do not solicit NewPages contributors for reviews or send them junk e-mail. All review inquiries and materials should be sent to the NewPages address or directed via e-mail to the appropriate review editor.

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Getting Listed in the NewPages Guide to Literary or Alternative Magazines

Since NewPages is first and foremost a portal for recommended reading, it is our process to see content before recommending a publication (listing it in our guide). We will, however, consider inaugural issue calls for submissions providing the publication meets our general listing criteria.

NewPages does not list every publication. We do assess each based on a variety of criteria. New publications are as equally welcome as long-standing publications.

If your print publication is not currently listed on The NewPages Big List of Literary (or) Alternative Magazines, please send us a copy of the publication with a request to be listed.

If yours is an online publication, the first set of criteria we look for is if the site presents itself in a manner similar to a publication: a regular print cycle; clearly defined issues of the publication; an archive of previous publications; a clear editorial process for submissions; an identifiable source (transparency of editors, how the publication is supported, contact information); treatment of contributor rights (see "More Fine Print Stuff"); and work of the editor(s) is not prominently and/or frequently included. NewPages will not list publications with anonymous staff; we are not alone in our concern about this.

If your online lit mag meets our criteria, send us a short note letting us know that you understand and meet our criteria along with a link to your site.

We have created a new listing of Literary Links for hybrid and experimental online and print literary endeavors that do not adhere to the traditional publishing model, but that still meet a number of other criteria. Please review the publications in that list if you do not feel yours meets the traditional publishing criteria.

While we respect the need to advertise, we are hesitant to list publication sites with pervasive advertising: pop-up ads; sidebar ads with inappropriate matches (i.e. a women's literary magazine with a Google-matched ad for an overseas "dating service"); geocities; angelfire; etc. It's our recommendation that those interested in starting an online publication be able to at least afford the minimal costs of housing the site and domain name as a show of professionalism.

If your publication has a "links" or "resources" page, we would hope to find NewPages listed there if you are requesting a reciprocal link. We don't hold reciprocal links hostage; we don't expect others to either.

NewPages lists very few genre publications, and those selected show strength of literary quality as well as an established history of publication and distribution.

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Classified Ads

NewPages offers classified advertising for Calls for Submissions, Contests, Conferences, Services, and more. We offer 100 word, basic, text-only ads and ads enhanced with PDF fliers or graphics/logos. Advertising rates available on request. All advertising rates are for 30 days and ads can be extended. Rates are not prorated and the minimum 30-day rate applies to all ads.

If your organization, publication, or press meets the listing guidelines of NewPages or is currently listed on NewPages, then you qualify to place a classified ad.

Basic calls for submissions ads are currently available at no charge if there is no submission fee. If writers are charged a fee to submit, then normal ad rates apply. There is a two month ad limit for magazines posting inaugural calls for submissions.

We understand that publications often charge a fee to cover costs associated with subscribing to online submission managers, and that these submission fees are usually just enough to cover those costs. However, we don't want to police how each publication justifies its need to charge a fee, so our policy remains: Any publication which mandates that writers pay a fee to submit cannot receive a free CFS ad in NewPages. Certainly, the work behind maintaining advertising on NewPages costs us money, so we hope publications will understand that if they feel justified in asking a fee to cover their costs, then so do we.

Ads are posted on a weekly basis, every Thursday. When a holiday or special event occurs on a Thursday, ads will be posted the day before.

The PDF fliers for enhanced ads cannot be larger than 500kb in web and print quality. These can be up to 2 pages and can contain full information or guidelines. Graphics and logos should be large, web-friendly images that can reduce well.

NewPages reserves the right to refuse any advertisement.

For complete details on classified advertising, please submit a query via the contact form to Nicole Foor.

Calls for Anthology Submissions

If you are interested in posting a call for submissions for an anthology, please provide the URL or explanation of location (such as within the submission manager feature) where this information can be found:

Who are the editors and what is their experience/background relevant to this publication and/or editing and publishing?

Who will publish the book and how will it be made available (print/e-book/free/fee)?

What is the advertising/distribution plan for the finished publication?

How will writers whose works are chosen be compensated (pay/copy/other)?

What rights do authors retain in the process from submission to publication?

If you do not have answers to these questions publicly where writers can access this information prior to submission, please do not solicit NewPages for your call.

Note: We will not accept advertising for anthologies that are stand-alone contest publications.

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NewPages Webstore

If you have experienced any trouble with the NewPages Webstore and the contact form did not work, you can call us at (989) 671-0081 or contact Nicole Foor.

For magazines interested in participating in the NewPages Webstore, please contact Nicole Foor for more information.

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Submissions

NewPages does not accept submissions. Occasionally, writers will send us poems, stories, essays, etc., assuming we accept these either for our own publication or for others. We do not. Any submissions sent to us will not be returned.