Novus means "new" in Latin, as well as "fresh," "extraordinary," "unheard," and "revived."

As a new international literary journal housed at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee -- just outside Nashville in an area of rich literary heritage -- Novus seeks work that reflects and embodies our name. This is interpreted broadly: we seek any work that exudes a fresh and innovative approach. We focus on pieces that move us through the unique use of language and modern literary wonder. We also appreciate a traditional story well told with a compelling voice. We are open to any original, previously non-published work, in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Plays, and Art. (No genre please -- no sci-fi, fantasy, or romance without literary characteristics.) Chapter excerpts are accepted as long as they stand alone in some coherent way. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your piece is placed elsewhere. We are currently accepting submissions until February 15. (See Note.) 

Note: Novus publishes an online journal each Spring at the end of April. We have published one Commemorative Edition print edition in the Fall of 2021. We may also consider your digital submissions for any future print publication. Our Creative Writing Department also hosts a Writer/Poet in Residence Series on campus each year, and is seeking to begin a podcast to interview our writers from around the world. 

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Novus is celebrating our Five Year Anniversary this Spring with our Digital Edition. We'd love to see your work for this milestone year.

Novus means "new" in Latin, as well as "fresh," "extraordinary," "unheard," and "revived."

As an international literary journal housed at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee -- just outside Nashville in an area of rich literary heritage -- Novus seeks work that reflects and embodies our name. This is interpreted broadly: we seek any work that exudes a fresh and innovative approach. We focus on pieces that move us through the unique use of language and modern literary wonder. We also appreciate a traditional story well told with a compelling voice. We are open to any original, previously non-published work, in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Art. Chapter excerpts are accepted as long as they stand alone in some coherent way.  (No genre please -- no sci-fi, horror, fantasy, or romance without literary characteristics.) 

Art is a major part of Novus and we take special care to curate fine art photography and other high-quality visual art to fill our pages and to complement the creative writing published. Send us your best work. Surprise us. We love modern pieces, but classic art with a novel approach is also welcome. 

Novus is growing! Your work will be seen and read by those around the world. Our journal has grown since January of 2019 to a fully international journal representing over 13 countries in our latest digital and print editions. 

We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your piece is placed elsewhere. We are currently accepting submissions until Sunday, February 18th. Word counts should not exceed approximately 4000 words. Send no more than 6 poems at a time (all in one document please). Please send high-resolution art photos. Send a brief cover letter and third person bio in your submission.

We look forward to reviewing your work. 

Novus Literary Arts Journal