Submission Guidelines

A NIV SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Niv is going through changes!
 
Starting in September, we will be publishing bi-monthly instead of monthly. This will give us time to deliver more expansive issues that will hopefully include future events, and work with other organizations that will provide space for more community building.
 
We have learned so much in the last year and have been truly amazed by all the incredible work that has been published on our digital pages. We look forward to continually releasing informative articles, creative writing, and art, that broaden everyone’s horizons on what it means to be Jewish in Canada and abroad.
 
The Niv team is also very excited to announce that we are welcoming guest editors to craft, curate and collaborate on their own series with us. Whether it be through writing/and or visual mediums, whether it be a workshop, or an event; being a digital magazine truly makes anything possible, so let your imagination run wild!
 
We will not be publishing a July or August issue. We are taking the summer to transition into a bi-monthly publication. Our next issue will be released on September 12. The submission deadlines for our upcoming 6 issues are below, along with the day each issue will launch.
Please check back for updates on our September issue and information on our guest editor series.
Whether you’ve been with us from the very beginning or only joined us recently, we can’t thank you enough for supporting Niv. Here’s to more Jewish expressions being articulated and realized in whatever from they wish to take—we are grateful to have you on this ride with us!
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Launch and Submission dates for the upcoming year:

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September & October 

Launch: September 12 

Submission(s) deadline: August 16 

Holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah 

Guest Editor: Jess Nora (they/them)

Submissions for Nora’s series are due Monday August 23rd

They are curating a feature about how chronic illness and disability relates to creativity and leads many to run their own businesses out of both passion and necessity. Does this sound like you? We want to see your art about your experience being a chronically ill and/or disabled small business owner.

Please send in your work for the series (it does not have to an original piece specifically created for Niv), accompanied by a small blurb (around 150-250 words) to submissions.nivmag@gmail.com.

November & December 

Launch: November 14 

Submission(s) deadline: September 26 

Holidays: Holocaust Education Month, Hanukkah  

January & February 

Launch: January 16 

Submission(s) deadline: November 29 

Holidays: TuBishvat 

March & April 

Launch: March 13 

Submission(s) deadline: January 31 

Holidays: Purim, Valentine’s Day, Passover 

May & June 

Launch: May 8

Submission(s) deadline: March 28 

Holidays: Shavuot, Lag Ba’omer 

July & August 

Launch: July 10 

Submission(s) deadline: June 27

Holidays: Tu B’Av 

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Please send all submissions to: submissions.nivmag@gmail.comWe look forward to seeing your work!

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We accept submissions for: News, Opinion, Arts & Culture, and Variety (Literary, and Artwork). 

News: any news worthy story on politics, community organizations or movements, synagogue or interfaith community work, Q&As with notable individuals. 
500 word minimum.

Opinion: this is an open field, but opinion pieces can be on politics, identity, sexuality, feminism, holidays, family, and culture. 
500 word minimum.

Arts & Culture: reviews for theatre, music, dance, art, fashion, cultural events, holidays, and food. 
500 word minimum.

*For feature length articles please refrain from going over 2,500 words. But this can vary on a case-by-case basis. 

Variety: fiction/non-fiction, humour, satire, short plays, poetry, comics, artwork (any medium), frankly, anything goes, perhaps even the kitchen sink. 

  • Fiction– 1,500-5,000 
  • Nonfiction– 1,500-5,000 
  • Short Plays- 5-30 pages
  • Poems– can submit six at one time 
  • Artwork– can submit up to ten pieces

It may not always be encouraged, but sometimes, rules are made to be broken

What types of submissions are accepted? 

We accept news articles, opinion pieces, arts & culture reviews, literary pieces, and artworks on a rolling basis. 

While many stories will be on a Jewish topic or provide a Jewish perspective, we welcome submissions that do not need to be told from a jewish-centric lens.   

Can I send a pitch without the written piece? 

Yes! We are always looking for people to write with us. Please send a pitch that is between 150-250 words. 

When do you accept submissions? 

We accept submissions on a rolling basis all year round. To make the specific issue, check our website for the due date. But fear not! If you miss it, it can be considered for other issues. 

How often do you publish? 

We publish once a month. 

What do I include with my submission? 

Please send your submission either in a word document or pdf. 

Please attach comic and artwork submissions in a pdf document. 

Include your full name, contact details (phone number and/or email), hometown, preferred pronoun, if this is a simultaneous submission, and if you’d like, a little blurb about yourself. 

*If this is a simultaneous submission, please let us know.

*If you are submitting to more than one section, please indicate which ones.

Can I submit for more than one section? 

Yes!

How do I submit? 

Send your submission(s) to submissions.nivmag@gmail.com, and please include the section you are submitting to in the subject heading.

For any inquiries please contact us at team.nivmag@gmail.com