Submissions (New)

*Please note that our submission guidelines have changed. Please read them thoroughly before submitting. We began accepting submissions again in August 2017.


newsprung is a blog, not a magazine, not a contest, and as such publishes new posts – whether text or image or both – on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. In addition to our own posts, we’re seeking to promote the best literary writing, visual art, and fine-art photography produced by high school students (grades 9 through 12) and their teachers, who are living and working within the Deep South. Our two areas of interest are: writing and literature, visual art and fine-art photography.

Writing and Literature Guidelines (revised)

We welcome the submission of news and updates about upcoming literary events, readings, publications, competitions, awards, and scholarship opportunities that involve high school students and teachers living and working within the Deep South.

To send a notice about your news or event, email us as many details as possible, and please put “newsprung submission” in the subject line. Here are some examples of information we would need to have to write a post:

  • Dates, times, location, and cost for events
  • Release date, cost, and availability for publications
  • Opening and closing dates for competitions
  • Images to go along with the text in the post
  • Someone we can contact with questions

Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the instructor and students in the Creative Writing magnet at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. (NOTE: We no longer accept submissions of individual literary works, though we may solicit those on occasion.)

Art and Photography Guidelines (revised)

We are equally interested in publishing news and updates about upcoming visual art and fine-art photography exhibits, gallery openings, competitions, awards, and scholarship opportunities that involve high school students and teachers living and working within the Deep South.

To send a notice about your news or event, email us as many details as possible, and please put “newsprung submission” in the subject line. Here are some examples of information we would need to have to write a post:

  • Dates, times, location, and cost for events
  • Opening and closing dates for competitions
  • Images to go along with the text in the post
  • Someone we can contact with questions

Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by the instructor and students in the Creative Writing magnet at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. (NOTE: We no longer accept submissions of individual artworks, though we may solicit those on occasion.)

Gardening, Farming, and Food Guidelines (revised)

We would be glad to consider featuring selections from writing, art, or photography projects with gardening or farming themes that have been produced by high school students or their teachers in the Deep South. Queries about featuring these projects should be sent directly to Foster Dickson with the subject line “newsprung: gardening, farming, food.” In addition to teaching Creative Writing, Dickson is the School Garden coordinator at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and will handle these posts.

Submission Etiquette and Writing Advice

We only accept submissions of writing- and art-related news about high school students and teachers in the Deep South. By this, we primarily mean Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, but also with consideration to the heavily agricultural areas in northern Florida, eastern Tennessee, Arkansas, eastern Texas and parts of North Carolina. By contrast with other regions of “The South” — the Upper South, the Tidewater, the Appalachians — the Deep South is marked by its own eclectic and distinctive history and culture.

When submitting news and updates for us to write about, let us know that you are human, not a computer program, and please explain fully what you have and why you are sending it to us.

In the explanation of your news, please avoid trite, clichéd, and blandly abstract expressions. In Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style, the authors admonish us to “use definite, specific, concrete language.” Following that advice will take a writer a long way toward making himself or herself clear.

For questions or more information, email faculty sponsor Foster Dickson, or call him at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School (334-269-3617).

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