Novus means “new” in Latin…

fresh, extraordinary, unusual, novel, revived…

NOVUS seeks work that embodies the spirit of any work that is “new and novel” — this is interpreted broadly, but writing that exudes a fresh and innovative approach is welcomed (and often adored!). See Christine Friedlander’s “Light Guard” in this edition for just one example. We focus on pieces that move us through the unique use of language, and we are especially interested in works that exhibit new, modern perspectives on life and the environment around us. We also love a traditional story well told and with a compelling voice. We love voice-driven pieces and are open to any literary (no genre writing) work in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and short plays.

Submissions are currently closed for our Online Edition 2021, however, we will open up submissions (briefly) over the summer for our Fall Commemorative Print Edition to be published in September 2021. For any questions or more precise information, please email

Formatting and Length:

All work should be in Times New Roman with 12 point font, double-spaced.

Submit up to five poems; all poems should be in one Word document.

As of right now, there are no restrictions on the amount of prose one can submit. We just ask that the word count does not exceed 3,000 words. There is some flexibility with word count in the digital editions. This year of 2021, we are publishing a Spring Edition at the end of April and a second Commemorative Print Edition to mark the anniversary of the new Creative Writing major at Cumberland University. Your work may also be considered for this edition; however, length will be a decision factor for this special journal. If accepted for this additional printing, we would notify you, and you may accept or decline.

We only consider unpublished work, but we do accept simultaneous submissions. If the work is accepted elsewhere after you submit to us, please email us immediately to let us know, and congratulations!

Lastly, NOVUS reserves the right to make minor grammatical adjustments to your piece, but larger revisions (if accepted) are the responsibility of the author.

Thank you, and we look forward to reviewing your work!

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NOVUS Literary and Arts Journal
Lebanon, TN