Seeking writers and artists who want to help shape the future of our magazine!

As of February 1st, 2024, we are OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS across all genres! 

Founded in January 2022, NiftyLit publishes short form literary content in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and flash. Since our beginning, we have sought to present exceptional, thought provoking work, with an emphasis on publishing emerging writers and artists from underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized communities. 

From our start and through the summer of 2023, NiftyLit utilized a unique publishing model that incorporated blockchain technology as a mechanism for commodifying art and writing such that our contributors could potentially earn from the sale of unique digital editions of their work (more commonly known as “Literary NFTs,” however, even as promising as the technology is, the term “NFT” has garnered a negative connotation due to scams and bad actors). Going forward, we believe it is in the best interest of our contributors and the magazine to operate with a more traditional approach (“traditional” may not be the right word to use here, since we recognize the many injustices and inequalities within the “traditional” publishing industry). 

Please find our general guidelines below. 

General Guidelines

NiftyLit accepts original work that has not been previously published (including on your personal blog or website) in the categories of short fiction and nonfiction/ memoir (up to 5000 words), flash fiction and essays (up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each), and poetry (up to 6 poems). We also occasionally accept submissions for a more open-ended, “Pitch Us” category.

  • Please read from work published at NiftyLit.io before submitting to see if your work is a good fit. 
  • Simultaneous Submissions. NiftyLit does accept simultaneous subs, but please do let us know promptly if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere, in which case, we will offer you a big congratulations on having your work accepted! (Even though we will also be sad to not get the chance to publish your work).
  • One submission per writer at a time across all genres please, no exceptions. Please wait at least one month from the date you hear back from us before submitting again.
  • Formatting. Do double space your work, preferably with a 12-point, serif font. Single-spaced poetry is okay, and experimental forms of font, line spacing, etc. are also fine by us if that’s the direction your writing hearts and minds take you.
  • File Type. .doc and .docx files are preferred.
  • Trigger Warnings. Please help us out here and include trigger warnings for your work (a trigger warning is a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material). 
  • Rights. Like most magazines, NiftyLit will take the rights to the first-time, electronic publication. You can read more about this on our copyright page. If you are selected for publication, we will be in touch with you to discuss other parameters pertaining to our publishing model, delineated in our master publishing agreements with contributing authors. 
  • Illustrations. We typically pair all literary works published with original illustrations. This generally depends on the availability of our contributing artists, our publishing/ editorial calendar, and NiftyLit’s ability to pay for commission of original artwork. Important Note on Illustrations/ Visuals as of April 2024: we are experimenting with the use of AI generated artwork as a way of creating visuals to accompany the written word. If your work is accepted for publication, we may use AI generation tools to create visuals for your work. If not, we will likely source visuals from our pool of talented artists and photographers. We also invite authors to contribute their own visuals from time to time. If you do not want us to use AI generated artwork to accompany your piece please make a note of that in your submission  (your input is important to us!)  and, if you piece is accepted for publication, we will do our best to source a visual elsewhere. From time to time this may necessitate publishing writing without accompanying illustrations. 
  • Publishing timeline. Pending any unforeseen complications during the editing process, publication typically occurs 6 to 9 months from the date of acceptance. Work selected for publication is already pretty polished, so most of this timeline has to do with our editorial calendar and the high volume of incredible submissions we receive. 
  • Tips/ Donations: If your piece is accepted for publication and you have a donation page such as a PayPal, Patreon, Kofi, etc. please do let us know and we can definitely mention it at the bottom of your publication. 
  • DO NOT SEND:
  • Anything resembling hate speech or promoting bigotry or violence. We are passionate about building a community of creativity and kindness.
  • Full length manuscripts
  • Response Timeline. We are delighted to read your work, and will give each submission our full attention. As such, it does take time for us to respond to everything. We thank you in advance for your patience. We are so grateful for the opportunity to read your work.
  • Newsletter. We send out a newsletter ~twice a month full of NiftyLit news and publication updates/ highlights. You can sign up for that here
  • Duotrope. If you use Duotrope, please report your submission! If you can’t tell, we are all about data (and will do our best to protect yours!). 
  • We’re on social. Here’s our Twitter and Instagram. If you like what you see/ read, give us a follow. 

IMPORTANT: We will not accept emailed submissions, with the exception of submissions from writers with accessibility issues or who do not have a Submittable account. If you feel you fall into this category, please email us at submissions@niftylit.io and we will gladly consider your work.

Sending you a big, warm welcome to our community! Thank you for supporting us as we grow. We know that it takes a community to build something truly special. Please feel free to reach out to info@niftylit.io with any questions, or for more information.

*By submitting your work, you agree to the terms of use. Please take the time to look them over.

NEW MAY 2024: We are also accepting applications for social media/ graphics/ marketing internships. There is a seperate application, please see our Submittable page. 

We are making some major changes at NiftyLit and we need help! 

Do you love to read and want to help shape the future of literary publishing with our magazine? NiftyLit needs readers and editors with an eye for exceptional, thought-provoking work that investigates the human condition. We place an emphasis on publishing emerging writers from underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized communities. 

NiftyLit began in early 2022 with a unique publishing model that incorporated blockchain technology as a means for publishing and distributing literary content. While we made some waves and garnered a lot of positive media recognition for such a small literary magazine (we were even featured alongside brands like Gucci and Formula 1! OK, maybe that’s not actually that impressive, but it felt cool at the time…), we did not have the mainstream success we had hoped for. You can read a bit more about our history on our about page at https://niftylit.io/about/

With the foundations and infrastructure of a top-tier literary magazine, we are moving forward with a more traditional approach, such that we can focus on 1) continuing to publish great art and writing, 2) provide opportunities for readers and writers to grow professionally, and 3) ultimately create a sustainable and lasting literary community. 

As one of our first editorial interns in our new chapter of operations, you will help shape the future of NiftyLit by voting on submissions, copyediting and proofreading accepted pieces, and ultimately bringing pieces to publication. Primary responsibilities will include reading work submitted for consideration, copyediting work accepted for publication, formatting for our website in WordPress backend, and helping with our editorial calendar. Interns will report to NiftyLit leadership, who are committed to helping our interns learn while meeting their professional and/ or academic goals. Editorial interns will also be asked to participate in team meetings as available, and to correspond with contributing authors. Interns can generally expect about 5 to 10 hours of work a week, with no set hours. 

We consider internship applications on a rolling basis, with internship lengths running approximately 4 to 6 months. If needed, we can work with your college or university to provide academic credit for a semester-long internship at NiftyLit. If you have not yet received a response to your application, it is still under consideration. 

If you are past the "intern" stage but want to be considered for our editorial staff, use this application, but let us know in the cover letter section that you are applying for a staff position. 

How to Apply: 

  • Upload your resume and a writing sample in the genre you'd prefer to work with (or if you're applying for social media/ graphics coordinator, note that instead). Also, please let us know any other relevant skills such as familiarity with Wordpress. This is certainly not a requirement; in fact, if there’s a technology component to publishing you want to learn more about, we are here to help you learn! 
  • Write a brief cover letter telling us about yourself (beyond the skills and experience listed on your resume) and why you'd like to be on our team. If you feel like it, include a bit about your favorite genres, books, authors etc. 

Thank you for your time and interest! We will be in touch as soon as possible. 

We are making some major changes at NiftyLit and we need help! 

Do you love reading and art and want to help shape the future of literary publishing with our magazine? NiftyLit needs help building our readership through graphic design, social media, and marketing. We place an emphasis on publishing emerging writers from underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized communities and we want to amplify their voices! 

NiftyLit began in early 2022 with a unique publishing model that incorporated blockchain technology as a means for publishing and distributing literary content. While we made some waves and garnered a lot of positive media recognition for such a small literary magazine (we were even featured alongside brands like Gucci and Formula 1! OK, maybe that’s not actually that impressive, but it felt cool at the time…), we did not have the mainstream success we had hoped for. You can read a bit more about our history on our about page at https://niftylit.io/about/

With the foundations and infrastructure of a top-tier literary magazine, we are moving forward with a more traditional approach, such that we can focus on 1) continuing to publish great art and writing, 2) provide opportunities for readers and writers to grow professionally, and 3) ultimately create a sustainable and lasting literary community. 

You will help shape the future of NiftyLit by managing social media, sourcing graphics, sending out newsletters, and generally optimizing marketing tactics. Interns will report to NiftyLit leadership, who are committed to helping our interns learn while meeting their professional and/ or academic goals. Editorial interns will also be asked to participate in team meetings as available. Interns can generally expect about 5 to 10 hours of work a week, with no set hours. 

We consider internship applications on a rolling basis, with internship lengths running approximately 4 to 6 months. If needed, we can work with your college or university to provide academic credit for a semester-long internship at NiftyLit. If you have not yet received a response to your application, it is still under consideration. 

How to Apply: 

  • Upload your resume and a work sample. Also, please let us know any other relevant skills such as familiarity with Wordpress. This is certainly not a requirement; in fact, if there’s a technology component to publishing you want to learn more about, we are here to help you learn! 
  • Write a brief cover letter telling us about yourself (beyond the skills and experience listed on your resume) and why you'd like to be on our team. If you feel like it, include a bit about your favorite genres, books, authors etc. 

Thank you for your time and interest! We will be in touch as soon as possible. 

Before submitting your work, please thoroughly read the entirety of our general guidelines

NiftyLit accepts original work that has not been previously published (including on your personal blog or website) in the categories of nonfiction/ memoir, fiction, and poetry. We also have a more open ended, “pitch us” category. 

So, what are we looking for? The NiftyLit Team is passionate about creating a community of writers whose words speak to a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and sentiments, with emphasis on emerging writers from underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized communities.

For poetry, please send up to 6 poems, but no more than 8 pages total per submission. Please format and submit as a single document. 

*By submitting your work, you agree to the terms of use. Please take the time to look them over.

Before submitting your work, please thoroughly read the entirety of our general guidelines

NiftyLit accepts original work that has not been previously published (including on your personal blog or website) in the categories of nonfiction/ memoir, fiction, and poetry. We also have a more open ended, “pitch us” category. 

So, what are we looking for? The NiftyLit Team is passionate about creating a community of writers whose words speak to a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and sentiments, with emphasis on emerging writers from underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized communities.

For flash, please send us flash fiction and essays, up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each (please format and submit as a single document). 

*By submitting your work, you agree to the terms of use. Please take the time to look them over.

Before submitting your work, please thoroughly read the entirety of our general guidelines

NiftyLit accepts original work that has not been previously published (including on your personal blog or website) in the categories of nonfiction/ memoir, fiction, and poetry. From time to time, we also have a more open ended, “pitch us” category. 

So, what are we looking for? The NiftyLit Team is passionate about creating a community of writers whose words speak to a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and sentiments, with emphasis on emerging writers from underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized communities.

For nonfiction, please send us essays and memoir up to 5000 words. Nonfiction that includes research or veers toward reportage is accepted as well, but please do cite your sources/ references. (note: we LOVE work that sheds new light on the human experience vis-a-vis current events). 

*By submitting your work, you agree to the terms of use. Please take the time to look them over. 

Before submitting your work, please thoroughly read the entirety of our general guidelines.

NiftyLit accepts original work that has not been previously published (including on your personal blog or website) in the categories of nonfiction/ memoir, fiction, and poetry.

So, what are we looking for? The NiftyLit Team is passionate about creating a community of writers whose words speak to a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and sentiments, with emphasis on emerging writers from underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized communities.

For fiction, please send us pieces up to 5000 words. 

*By submitting your work, you agree to the terms of use. Please take the time to look them over.

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