Become a Nonconformist

Submission Guidelines

F. R. Foksal
Apr 29 · 5 min read

A word about you

Have you been labeled as too rebellious to be traditionally published?

Have you been deemed too unruly to be read in full?

Are you a rebel at your ink-stained heart, but at the same time you’re too shy to submit your work anywhere for fear of not finding an understanding publisher for it?

Do you feel like a misfit while skimming through the submission guidelines of various mainstream publications and you realize that, most likely, you won’t fit their lists?

Good, we need writers exactly like you.

A word about “The Nonconformist”

Being a writer is a solitary occupation. Regardless of whether you’re a passionate short story author, a full-blooded novelist, or an inspired poet, putting words together, smuggling them from the realm of your imagination to the boundlessly promising whiteness of the page is no team sport.

However, even if you’ve been endowed with the finest and subtlest of literary voices, you will stand a greater chance of being heard while singing in a choir.

From this realization has originated the idea of The Nonconformist.

The Nonconformist is a home for the artistically homeless and a megaphone for the voiceless.

If you’d like to learn what we stand for, have a look at The Nonconformist Manifesto.

What is being a Nonconformist all about?

At The Nonconformist, we believe in bold ideas and fearless voices; we believe in reconfiguring the world by using pens, typewriters, and word processors; we believe that this very world belongs to rebels and rebels only.

You don’t have to be tattooed from head to toe (the little one) or smoke weed from dusk till dawn to call yourself one — what counts is your disapproval of the outdated conventions and an ability to challenge the stale norms. Look at the literary rebels and intrepid trailblazers like Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, or Jack Kerouac who have reshaped the world and literary stage with their courage, determination, and audacious ideas.

Thus, we welcome non-fiction writers with a daring approach to all things cultural. We welcome short story writers and novelists with unique voices as well as book reviewers with a sharp eye and an even sharper pen.

If you feel that your short story or article is a little weird, don’t fret. This magazine is the right place for the well-written, weird pieces. We take chances here.

What do we publish?

Currently, our most prominent section is Fiction Corner which mainly consists of short stories, but we’ll accept novel excerpts as well. If you’ve always dreamed of publishing your novel in installments, Dickens-style, we’d love to do it.

In Reviews section we publish book reviews both of new titles and of established classics.

Our still developing Culture section is, as of today, heavily leaning toward the world of letters, but we’ll gladly accept pieces about aesthetics, theater, cinema, and other arts. If we receive enough articles on a particular subject, we’ll consider creating a separate section for it.

The same rule applies to the Writing section, which contains the tips for fiction writers rather than freelance writers and copywriters.

How can I become a Nonconformist?

  • If you are a Medium user, send us an introductory e-mail with your Medium username and a link to the draft of a short story, book review, or article you’d like to publish with us.
  • If you are not a Medium user but want to become one, go to and click on the “Get Started” button (at the upper-right corner) and complete the sign-up process. Then follow the same steps as described for Medium users (create the draft of a story, book review, or article you’d like to publish with us and send us an introductory e-mail with your Medium username and a link to that draft).
  • If you don’t want to use Medium, please send your submission (a short story, a novel excerpt, a book review, or an article) pasted into the body of your e-mail along with a few words about yourself. If we accept it, we’ll publish it from our magazine’s main account with your byline.

You don’t have to be a previously published author on Medium or elsewhere to be accepted to The Nonconformist. We take pride in helping both emerging and established writers find their literary home here.

E-mail all submissions to:
submissions [at]

Because of the growing number of submissions, please allow us at least a week to process your application.

Having been accepted as a contributor to The Nonconformist, you’ll be able to submit your work to our publication (read below how to do that).

Before being accepted as a contributing writer to the magazine do not enclose any photographs or other attachments with your first (introductory) submission e-mail.

When you’re accepted as a contributor to The Nonconformist:

Your submission should:

  • feature a B&W image (you can choose one of the free images from the sites like or If you opt for some other source, be sure that you own the copyright to the image you intend to use).
  • use the right tags to describe the content of your story. In order to help us sort the submissions and determine the best section to publish them, one of your tags has to match one of our categories: Culture (for all culture-related subjects), Fiction (for short stories, flash fiction, and book excerpts), Review (book reviews), Writing (writing tips and suggestions).
  • meet the requirements as stated in the Medium rules. Remember that being controversial doesn’t mean being racist, sexist, uncivil, or propagating hate speech — we won’t publish any writing of that kind.

Join us at The Nonconformist and help us build a community of writers who have found their literary home here!

A few no-noes:

Don’t submit any material that has already appeared in other publications without informing us about it in the body of the e-mail containing it.

Please don’t send us book reviews of your own novels, etc. If we discover that kind of practice, such an author will be permanently removed from our list of contributors.

If you have any questions, e-mail us at:

contact [at]

We reserve the right to edit and format the material submitted to the magazine.

The Nonconformist

The sharpest stories and perspectives around. We write about books, without compromise. For nonconformists only.

F. R. Foksal

Written by

Editor of The Nonconformist; writing about books, without compromise: | Email me at:

The Nonconformist

The sharpest stories and perspectives around. We write about books, without compromise. For nonconformists only.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade