A Tiny And Colorful Literary Journal

NS Submission Guidelines

Nailpolish Stories, A Tiny And Colorful Literary Journal

*Send Nailpolish Story submissions in the body of an email to ncmonaghan@gmail.com with the words “Nailpolish Story Submission(s)” in the subject line.  No attachments, please.  Include a third person bio, as detailed and elaborate or cryptic and mysterious as you like, which will be included with your story(ies) if they are accepted.

*Use a nail polish color as the title. I won’t come to your house to verify that a bottle of nail polish bears the name of your piece. I trust you.

*Stories should be exactly 25 words, title not included. Please use Microsoft Word’s “word count” function.

*NS expects an emotional impact, wants to be knocked off kilter momentarily by your work, and to enjoy the language along the way. It doesn’t like flowery language. Flowery is for flowers. Just cold, hard, true words. Words that hurt and/or pleasure. And a lot of story jammed into a tiny space. Also, things suggested rather than told.

*Multiple and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but of course, inform me immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. I would like to congratulate you.

*I’ll do my very best to respond to submissions within two months. If I take a bit longer, have patience.  I’m busy. I have to, you know, paint my nails.

*In the interest of keeping the work varied, please allow a new issue publication between having your work published and submitting again.

This is not a paying venue, but I will publicize your work to the fullest.

Thank you for your interest in Nailpolish Stories, A Tiny And Colorful Literary Journal

–Managing and Founding Editor,

Nicole Monaghan

If you’re so inclined to read it, I was interviewed over at “Six Questions For The Editor” about NS:



Comments on: "NS Submission Guidelines" (6)

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  4. When we submit work to Nailpolish Stories, do you want them formatted or not?

    • I don’t require any specific formatting, however, it would save me time if you would use Times New Roman size 12 font with title names and your name bolded, and your bio at the end. Other than that, no specific formatting is necessary. Thanks for the question!

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