Zoetic Press publishes NonBinary Review, our award-winning themed quarterly lit journal. Each issue revolves around a specific theme, but we're asking contributors to go beyond the old familiar media tropes. 

We're looking for work we can read with our whole body - work that gives us goosebumps, makes us see the world differently, has the tang of authenticity, makes us sit up and listen, and smells like....something. This analogy got out of hand. What we're saying is that we're not looking for re-hashes of images or stories we've read before. We want contributors to explore every facet of our themes, really getting in between the cracks, in the corners, all the forgotten places that no one ever thinks to explore. We want to read work that makes us think "I never would have thought of this, and yet, it's so fitting!" 

What we're NOT looking for is work that centers violence, rape, misogyny, racism, ableism, or degrading stereotypes of any kind. We know you're not that kind of writer, but we thought it should be said. 

NonBinary Review accepts reprints, but we do ask for previous publication details so they can be credited.

We can only accept ONE submission per author/artist. You are free to submit as many as you like (following guidelines), but once we have accepted a piece, the rest will be declined. It's not that we don't  love you. It's that we're poor, and this can get expensive.

We're currently seeking submissions for: 

Person First in an Identity First World (open 12/1/2021 through 4/30/2022)

Person First in an Identity First World Visual Art (open 12/1/2021 through 4/30/2022)

Shared Worlds (open 9/1/2021 through 1/31/2022)

Shared Worlds Visual Art (open 9/1/2021 through 1/31/2022)



 We are open to submissions which relate to SHARED WORLDS.   

We all have those books from childhood that resonated with us. Worlds where we felt at home with characters who felt like real friends. For this issue, we’re looking for stories from your favorite alternative worlds: Narnia, Discworld, Dune, Wonderland — but there’s a catch. We DON’T want characters we’ve heard of – we’re not looking for Jack, the Pumpkin King or Toad of Toad Hall. We’re looking for more. The life you would have lived in Middle Earth. The adventure you went on in Westeros. Your experience of being Sherlock Holmes’s next door neighbor.

All works should be based in a well-established fictional world and should obey that world’s rules and customs, and we should be able to recognize that fictional world from your work. Works may NOT be based around major characters or previously published stories from those worlds, although they may be mentioned.


NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite  authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a  familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all  your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue.

PROSE
 NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative nonfiction of up to 3,000  words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman in a  Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. Authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000  words each, in this category. Please upload each piece as a separate document. Flash is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for  publication.

POETRY
 NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman in a Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. You may submit up to five poems, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.

VISUAL ART
Visual art is accepted in a separate category. To submit visual art for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS
Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be  submitted as a separate document. A high-quality headshot (preferably not a selfie or out-of-focus photo) should also accompany your submission, although if you prefer not to include a photo of yourself, you may include any image you feel is emblematic of you.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite), payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

ALPHANUMERIC
If you  are interested in your work appearing in our podcast, indicate in your submission that you are willing to appear in Alphanumeric. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will be recorded and be featured on our website as well as being included in the issue. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will not receive any additional compensation. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation

 We are open to submissions which relate to SHARED WORLDS.   

We all have those books from childhood that resonated with us. Worlds where we felt at home with characters who felt like real friends. For this issue, we’re looking for works from your favorite alternative worlds: Narnia, Discworld, Dune, Wonderland — but there’s a catch. We DON’T want characters we’ve heard of – we’re not looking for Jack, the Pumpkin King or Toad of Toad Hall. We’re looking for more. The life you would have lived in Middle Earth. The adventure you went on in Westeros. Your experience of being Sherlock Holmes’s next door neighbor.

All works should be based in a well-established fictional world and should obey that world’s rules and customs, and we should be able to recognize that world from your work. Works may NOT be based around major characters or previously published stories from those worlds, although they may be mentioned.


NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite authors and artists to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-imagine a  familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal insight into some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all  your life. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue.

VISUAL ART
You may submit up to 5 pieces. You must include an artist's statement that includes the date of creation for the piece(s), size, media, and some commentary about its relation to the theme. Files should be print quality (300 dpi or better) and of a size that will present well in our 8.5" x 11" trim size. To submit poetry or prose for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS
Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be  submitted as a separate document. A high-quality headshot (preferably not a selfie or out-of-focus photo) should also accompany your submission, although if you prefer not to include a photo of yourself, you may include any image you feel is emblematic of you.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays $25 for visual art, or $50 for art selected as cover image. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

ALPHANUMERIC
If you  are interested in your work appearing in our podcast, indicate in your submission that you are willing to appear in Alphanumeric. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will be recorded and be featured on our website as well as being included in the issue. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will not receive any additional compensation. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation

 We are open to submissions which relate to PERSON FIRST IN AN IDENTITY FIRST WORLD.   

How are you labeled? “Disabled”? “On the spectrum”? “Nonbinary”? “POC”? “Marginalized”? How do you wish you were labeled? “Amazing cook”? “Proficient in 12 languages”? “Expert at Call of Cthulhu”? The need to label, classify, and pigeonhole human beings is as old as humans themselves, and always comes down to the same dichotomy: “us” and “them.” Even at their most well-meaning, labels are a way of othering those not like us, and once someone has been put in the THEM group, it can be difficult to pull them back to US.


We’re looking for poetry and stories of and by those who have been relegated to “them” status by virtue of a label that (validly) places them in a particular group. But we don’t want work related to how or why that group is special, invalid, irrelevant, etc. What we want is stories that explore the intersectionality of people in those groups. Nonbinary skydivers. Black equestrians. Wheelchair-using geocachers. Trans chefs. We want stories of and by people in othered communities, but we don’t want their label to be the story.


We are NOT accepting inspiration porn, jeremiads about the poor treatment of marginalized groups, or “disability as superpower” stories. There’s plenty of that stuff elsewhere, so we don’t feel that we need to add to the pile.


NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite  authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a  familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all  your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue.

PROSE
 NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative nonfiction of up to 3,000  words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman in a  Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. Authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000  words each, in this category. Please upload each piece as a separate document. Flash is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for  publication.

POETRY
 NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman in a Word document or text file. We do not accept .pdfs. You may submit up to five poems, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.

VISUAL ART
Visual art is accepted in a separate category. To submit visual art for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS
Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be  submitted as a separate document. A high-quality headshot (preferably not a selfie or out-of-focus photo) should also accompany your submission, although if you prefer not to include a photo of yourself, you may include any image you feel is emblematic of you.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite), payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

ALPHANUMERIC
If you  are interested in your work appearing in our podcast, indicate in your submission that you are willing to appear in Alphanumeric. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will be recorded and be featured on our website as well as being included in the issue. Pieces chosen for Alphanumeric will not receive any additional compensation. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation

 We are open to submissions which relate to PERSON FIRST IN AN IDENTITY FIRST WORLD.    

How are you labeled? “Disabled”? “On the spectrum”? “Nonbinary”? “POC”? “Marginalized”? How do you wish you were labeled? “Amazing cook”? “Proficient in 12 languages”? “Expert at Call of Cthulhu”? The need to label, classify, and pigeonhole human beings is as old as humans themselves, and always comes down to the same dichotomy: “us” and “them.” Even at their most well-meaning, labels are a way of othering those not like us, and once someone has been put in the THEM group, it can be difficult to pull them back to US.

We’re looking for poetry and stories of and by those who have been relegated to “them” status by virtue of a label that (validly) places them in a particular group. But we don’t want work related to how or why that group is special, invalid, irrelevant, etc. What we want is stories that explore the intersectionality of people in those groups. Nonbinary skydivers. Black equestrians. Wheelchair-using geocachers. Trans chefs. We want stories of and by people in othered communities, but we don’t want their label to be the story.

We are NOT accepting inspiration porn, jeremiads about the poor treatment of marginalized groups, or “disability as superpower” stories. There’s plenty of that stuff elsewhere, so we don’t feel that we need to add to the pile.

NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue's theme. We invite authors and artists to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-imagine a  familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal insight into some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all  your life. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to our theme. Submissions with no clear relationship to the theme will be rejected. Although you may submit more than once, we can only accept ONE piece per author/artist per issue.

VISUAL ART
You may submit up to 5 pieces. You must include an artist's statement that includes the date of creation for the piece(s), size, media, and some commentary about its relation to the theme. Files should be print quality (300 dpi or better) and of a size that will present well in our 8.5" x 11" trim size. To submit poetry or prose for consideration, click here.

ALL SUBMISSIONS
Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be  submitted as a separate document. A high-quality headshot (preferably not a selfie or out-of-focus photo) should also accompany your submission, although if you prefer not to include a photo of yourself, you may include any image you feel is emblematic of you.

PAYMENT
NonBinary Review pays $25 for visual art, or $50 for art selected as cover image. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary .pdf copy of the issue in which their work appears.

All work may be edited for typos and punctuation

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