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. 

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, Plays, and Art. (No genre please -- no sci-fi, horror, fantasy, or romance without literary characteristics.) Chapter excerpts are accepted as long as they stand alone in some coherent way. This year we are trying something new: we are considering short screenplays for reading and viewing. Send in print or via video link.  Must have literary quality; surprise us and we will see if it's a good fit! 

Novus is growing! Your work will be seen and read. In our third year of 2021, we grew in scope to a fully international journal representing over 13 countries in our digital edition. We also become the sole online home for eight Anders Carlson-Wee poems from his debut Norton book: The Low Passions. A commemorative print edition is being sent to peer universities across the country. Novus seeks to publish a diverse array of voices and to be a dynamic new voice in the literary scene. 

We accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your piece is placed elsewhere. We are currently accepting submissions until February 15th at midnight. Word counts seeking to be published in our digital edition 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.

Note: Novus may embark on a second print edition in the Fall of 2022.  Your work will automatically be considered for any print editions, and we will notify you via email about options and rights. 

Novus Literary Arts Journal