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The NewPages Guide to Frequently Asked Questions covers everything from listing requests, purchasing a mailing list, advertising with NewPages, getting reviewed and contributing reviews, and more! If your question is not answered below, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Getting Listed | Advertising | Reviews | Linking to NewPages | NewPages Newsletter | Mailing Lists | Submissions

Getting Listed on NewPages

Since NewPages is first and foremost a portal for recommended reading, it is our process to see content before recommending a publication (by listing it on our website). 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 Guide to Literary Magazines (or) Alternative Magazines, please send us a copy of the publication with a request to be listed. 

Regardless if a publication is in print, digital, or online, it must meet basic requirements to be considered for listing:

  • a stated and regular publication cycle
  • clearly defined and dated issues of the publication
  • an archive of previous issues
  • a clear editorial process for submissions
  • a masthead (transparency of editors, contact information)
  • a professional contact email address (submissions@ is not acceptable)
  • treatment of author rights adressed prior to submission
  • works by editor/staff not prominently and/or frequently included (self-publishing)
  • we do consider genre pubications that show literary strength

While a publication may choose not to publish its masthead and/or contact information for various reasons, NewPages will not list publications with staff who remain anonymous to us. We retain a database of contact information that we do not share publicly and will make note of names and contact information there for professional communication only.

If your publication is open to submissions from writers under the age of 13 years, we ask that you follow the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) guidelines. This includes a transparent method for obtaining parental/guardian permission when collecting information from contributors under the age of 13 years old. For more information, see the FTC Children’s Privacy page.

We have created a listing of Literary Links for hybrid and experimental online and print literary endeavors that do not adhere to the traditional publishing model but still meet a number of other criteria. Please review some of the links in that list to determine if this would be a better fit for your work.

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”). 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. We also appreciate sharing our “Listed on NewPages” button.

You can learn more about the types of listings we provide here.

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 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 “New Book Arrivals” page. NewPages does not list presses that regularly publish their own employees/staff/editors or that require authors to use their own funds or purchase books in order to be published.

If you feel your press would meet our criteria, please contact us with a link to your publisher site along with your contact information.

We are continually updating our online guides to graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs. If you do not see your program listed, please contact us with a link to your program’s website along with your contact information.

The NewPages Big List of Writing Conferences and Events features writing conferences, book and literary festivals, writing workshops and retreats, residencies, and writing centers from the U.S., Canada, International, and online. We primarily list writing events sponsored by literary magazines, independent and university presses, and creative writing programs.

We list regularly hosted events open to the general public with no membership requirements. We do not list conventions at this time.

After reviewing our current listings, if you feel that your writing or literary event would be a good fit for NewPages, please contact us.

If you are interested in placing a classified ad for your writing event, please see our advertising information.

If your organization, publication, or press meets the listing guidelines of NewPages or is currently listed on NewPages, then you qualify to have your contest listed in our Big List of Writing Contests.

Additional criteria:

  • entry fees must be under 10% of prize value
  • author rights must be addressed
  • contests should have a dedicated page on websites that does not disappear once the contest ends and is kept up-to-date
  • there needs to be transparency of editors/publishers/board/staff and judges
  • there should be no pervasive advertising on contest website
  •  no contest-only websites/publications (sometimes exceptions made)

Please contact us to submit your contest listing request. Please note that NewPages does not list contests sponsored by organizations solely offering essay writing services, author services, or from non-literary organizations.

If you would like to purchase an ad in the NewPages Classifieds for your contest, please see our advertising information.

NewPages maintains a Guide to Independent Bookstores across the U.S. and Canada as bookstores are an integral part of society’s culture. Currently we only list brick and mortar stores. We do not list online-only, pop-up, comics-only, or mobile bookstores.

NewPages offers free enhanced listings in our Guide to Independent Bookstores. You can submit information, including updates to a current listing, here.

NewPages maintains our Literary Links and Blog by Poets and Writers pages. If you think your site would be a good fit for these sections, please contact us with a link to your website along with your contact information.

If you would like to make updates to your current listing in one of our online guides, please contact us with the name of your organization and the updated information.

If you are a bookstore looking to update your information, you can use this form here.

Advertising on NewPages

NewPages offers classified advertising for Calls for Submissions, Contests, and Conferences and Events. We offer 100 word, basic, text-only ads and ads enhanced with PDF fliers or images. 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. Please note NewPages does not accept contest advertising from organizations solely offering author services and essay services nor are non-literary in nature.

Ads are posted every Tuesday through Thursday morning. NewPages does not post ads Friday through Monday.

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 and pricing, please see our advertising page.

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

NewPages offers banner advertising on our homepage, on our interior pages, on our blog, and in our weekly newsletter. Banner images need to be 200 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall in PNG or JPG format.

NewPages accepts advertising from publications, schools and writing programs, presses, conferences, and events listed on our site as well as from authors looking to promote their book or services.

If you are interested in learning more about placing a banner ad, please see our advertising page for current rates and packages.

NewPages offers sponsored listings for literary magazines, alternative magazines, graduate creative writing programs, and publishers. Each sponsor receives its own full-page listing additional information and image on NewPages, discounts on classified advertising, enhanced listings in our Guides, and more.

NewPages also offers enhanced listings in our guides which include a link out to your organization’s website and a shot description.

For more information and pricing, please contact us. You can view samples and additional information on our advertising page as well.

NewPages Reviews

If you would like to be included on our Magazine Stand or Book Stand, please use one of the following methods to submit your publication.

Please note that only presses and journals with a paid listing in our online Guides will be featured in these sections. You can learn more about these listings on our Advertising page.

Online publications can use our Contact Form to submit a link to their publication.

Print publications can submit physical copies to our mailing address:

PO Box 1580
Bay City, MI 48706

NewPages now accepts review submissions from interested writers for publication on our blog, and we will no longer be managing their review copies. If you’re a writer interested in submitting reviews, please visit our guidelines to learn more.

Books Received

We list books received in the mail as well as titles received via the title request form on our monthly Books Received blog post. Viewers of this feature frequently share their appreciation for our focus on quality titles from smaller, independent publishers. This post helps readers, including librarians and booksellers, in their decision-making process for the purchase of titles in an overwhelming sea of publications available. If you would like to submit a book for listing on Books Received without mailing one to our PO Box, please use this title request form.

New Book Blog Posts

We create daily New Book blog posts for select books from those received. These posts are shared through our social media accounts, and some are featured in our weekly newsletter. These are not paid promotions. They are purely at the discretion of the Editor and Managing Editor. It is essential that we have access to the publisher’s or author’s web url for the book, a cover image, and a description of the contents of the book. Promotional quotes/blurbs are not usable for our blog posts. If there is no description of the book, it will not be considered for a blog post.

Bogus Requests

Please notify us if you receive a request for review copies on behalf of NewPages from an individual who does not have a newpageswork.com email address or from an individual who requests copies be sent to any other address.

Self-Published, Author-Published 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. We will list these titles in our monthly Books Received if we believe they are of interest to our readership. Please do not call or e-mail us to see if the book has been received.

NewPages now accepts review submissions from interested writers for publication on our blog, and we will no longer be managing their review copies. If you’re a writer interested in submitting magazine or single work (one poem, one story, etc.) reviews, please visit our guidelines to learn more.

All print magazine issues received will be included in our monthly updated New & Noted Lit & Alt Mags blog post and will be considered for coverage on our blog.


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. Inform us and extend your patience in knowing we’re not perfect, but we try awfully darn hard.

Nope! There is absolutely no connection between magazines and books that are reviewed and magazines and publishers that pay for a sponsored listing, a classified ad, a banner ad, or any other kind of promotion.

NewPages is a recommendation site and a place to find quality publications to read and write for. We encourage our reviewers only to submit reviews of publications they can recommend. However, our reviews are not solely positive. Some criticism is encouraged as long as the good outweighs the bad. We have been commended time and again for publishing reviews that show a keen eye for detail and indicate that the reviewer actually read the work thoughtfully.

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 addresses, websites, or social media accounts.

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 our Editor.

NewPages accepts flash reviews (200 words maximum) on the latest literary magazine, book, or individual piece(s) of writing you’ve read recently and would love to share. View our full reviewer guidelines here.

Please note that NewPages will not accept reviews that have been generated by AI.

NewPages Newsletter

Every Monday afternoon, we send out a newsletter full of information about literary magazines, book publishers, creative writing programs, reviews, and news. Plus, paid subscribers receive sponsored postings of calls for submissions; writing and book contests; writing programs, festivals, and events; and more before they are live on the site—giving you the first shot at submitting.

You can sign-up here.

NewPages has three options for advertising in our Newsletter. First, we do offer banner advertising (200-pixel by 200-pixel images in JPG or PNG format).

Second, we offer a special monthly newsletter we call the eLitPak which is limited to 15 participants.

Third, we do offer solo mailings to our current newsletter subscribers.

View our advertising page for more information.

NewPages Mailing Lists

NewPages offers digital and physical mailing lists for independent bookstores, public libraries, academic libraries, and daily newspapers. For more information on how to purchase these lists, including our terms, please visit our Mailing Lists page.

NewPages business hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

An email is sent out to confirm your order and the correct place to send the lists to. This email could end up in your junk folder. If you did not receive this email, please contact Casey Hill at [email protected].

Submitting to NewPages

The short answer? NO!

NewPages does not accept submissions of creative works on our own behalf or on behalf of the journals and presses we list. 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.

We do, however, accept short reviews for our blog. Learn more here.

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