The Nightingale Submissions

Before submitting, please read our criteria and guidelines via Submittable

Our submissions are open all year round! We publish once every other week.


Serialization Submissions

Our submissions are open for the serialization.

Please read the guidelines in submittable thoroughly and read Gifts From Her Table to get a sense of our serialization before submitting.

Awakened Voices Issue Submission Guidelines

Before submitting, please read our criteria and guidelines. 

Please note that we publish bi-annually, and we’ll do our best to respond in a timely fashion. 


  • Writing must be on the topic of sexual violence.
  • Writers who identify as survivors of sexual violence are strongly encouraged to submit work.
  • Writers who do not identify as survivors of sexual violence may submit work; however, we do reserve the right to decline your submission if it does not comply with our mission as a literary magazine dedicated to healing from sexual violence.


  • All submissions to our themed issues must be submitted one month before the issue will be published.
  • If you are submitting a piece unrelated to a themed issue, we accept rolling submissions.
  • We accept any type of writing.
  • We accept profanity.
  • We encourage a short author biography.
  • We cannot pay our writers at this time, but we will be strong advocates for your work.
  • We reserve the right to make edits for typos, clarity, and grammar corrections.
  • If you have any requests regarding formatting or layout please include them in the comments field.
  • We accept submissions of both unpublished and previously published works.
  • We will do our best to read and respond to your piece in 4 – 8 weeks depending on staff workload.

Our submissions for magazine issue #8 are OPEN! Deadline is February 28th, 2019. Please send your submissions through submittable.

Our Next Theme:

Those Who Help
Tell us what helping a survivor or being a survivor receiving help looks like. Show us in a story, in a character, in an homage, what does help look like? Can others give help? Can you receive help that is offered to you? What do you wish had been your story or the story of someone you love? Have you failed in trying to help someone? Has someone helped you learn about advocacy and being a good ally? Show us.

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