The Nervous Breakdown features the work of published and emerging authors and poets from around the world. Our submissions guidelines for each section are listed below. Please read them carefully. If you would like to be considered as a potential regular contributor to our Nonfiction and/or Arts & Culture sections, please contact us at [email protected].

Guidelines go as follows:

1.) E-mails should be 500 words or less.

2.) Please tell us a bit about yourself: who you are, what you’ve published, work experience, life experience, what you’d like to write for us, etc.

3.) Please provide up to five links to any of your writing that currently appears on the Web.

Thank you.


Book Reviews

*Note:  We are not currently receiving submissions for book reviews.  Check back soon!


Submitting Books for Review

The Nervous Breakdown considers books in the categories of poetry, literary fiction, literary genre, cross-genre/slipstream, literary nonfiction, memoir, and graphic novels. Our tastes cover wide terrain, but often veer toward smart, edgy, niche or otherwise underrepresented areas of these genres. Likewise, we love to cover books not only by mainstream presses, but by the indies and micros too. Of course, the best way to get a sense of what we like to read is by reading the reviews we’ve already published.

If you feel that your book, or a book you represent, may be a good fit for coverage in The Nervous Breakdown, please send an ebook or PDF of the contents to: [email protected], along with links to appropriate press materials and a publication date. We will contact you the moment we decide upon covering your title, and you will be asked to send a physical copy directly to the reviewer.

Thank you for your interest!


TNB Arts & Culture

From the Editors:

The Arts & Culture section features artists of note and cultural movers and shakers across a wide spectrum. If you are an artist, agent, publicist, etc., and you have an interest in being “featured” (or having one of your clients featured) in our pages, please contact us at [email protected]. Thank you.


TNB Fiction

From the Editors:

The Nervous Breakdown celebrates vibrant and provocative voices in contemporary fiction. We publish original short stories and excerpts from novels and novellas by both emerging and established writers.

For writers interested in submitting original fiction, be sure to first read through our Fiction archives and confirm that your piece aligns with our style. You may submit your short story of up to 3,500 words attached as a Word doc to [email protected]com. We are currently closed for submissions and will re-open on September 15, 2016.


TNB Nonfiction

From the Editors:

For those interested in writing for us, please see “Contributing” up above.

If you are an author, agent, publicist, etc., and you have an interest in being “featured” (or having one of your clients featured) in our pages, please contact us at [email protected].


TNB Poetry

From the Editors:

Please submit 1 to 3 poems, any format, any length, to [email protected].  Poems should be pasted into the body of the e-mail (unless there is some special formatting, in which case a Word doc attachment is fine). We also require a high-resolution headshot, attached as a jpeg, and a current third-person bio.


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