New Pop Lit seeks to fuse pop writing with the literary, creating a new hybrid. Our goal is to present not just literary work, but a total artistic experience.

      Karl (King) Wenclas


Karl is former head of the Underground Literary Alliance. Currently he creates zines and ebooks.

                              Kathleen M. Crane


Kathleen is a former model and current t-shirt designer. She’s the author of Aloha From Detroit.

Contact us at newpoplit@gmail.com

Follow us at twitter @NewPopLit

The Mission of New Pop Lit

Our goal is nothing less than to upend today’s literary scene. To make American literature attention-grabbing. We seek to do this not with activism, but art. With fiction and poetry that’s innovative, striking, and real.

The world deserves better poems and stories!


Our current big need is for short audio recitations for our Open Mic feature. Three minutes max recommended.

We’re also looking for short (300-words) book reviews for our Book Chat blog.


Submission Suggestions

At the moment we’re being extremely selective about fiction and poetry.

We look for reader-friendly stories with clarity, conciseness, form, and pace. Our mission is to merge “pop” and “literary”; entertainment and meaning. With that objective in mind, we’re looking for more experimentation in structure and viewpoint. Energy compressed within tight spaces.

We place few limitations on genre. The story or poem itself is what’s most important.

One proviso: we’re not into depravity.

If you have more questions as to what we’re about, read our site and check out our twitter account. Our aim is to be the best literary site on the planet. We believe in competition in all spheres, including this one.

We do NO background checks on writers. We don’t care what your personal or political views are, whether you’ve been in trouble or have a sketchy past, or whatever. Not our concern. Also, we will never pull a writer’s work in the face of revelations or pressure, once it’s up at our site. (If it’s plagiarized, or appeared elsewhere, that’s another story.)

We’ll present your work in as attractive a manner as possible, and work to promote it.

Formatting Guidelines

Send in your work exactly how you’d like it to appear in print.

Single spacing in a simple font please, like Arial or Times New Roman. We accept .txt, .doc or Open Office text files. Text in the body of an email is fine too. No .pdf or .jpg files please. We also do not take hard copy submissions at this time, sorry.

Email submissions to newpoplit (at) gmail (dot) com, with “Submission” in the subject line.

When your work has been accepted, we will email you requesting a two-sentence biography, Twitter/Facebook handles and website link. (All are optional, but we can publicize your work better with this information.)

A Word On Rights, etc.

1. We accept simultaneous submissions.

2. We do not accept previously published work.* 

3. There is typically a two-to-three month period between when we accept your story/poetry/op-ed and when we can publish it. If we have already committed to publishing your work, please do not submit it elsewhere in the meantime.

5. Authors retain all rights to their work, but by submitting to New Pop Lit you grant us the right to publish and retain it online for a period of 18 months after initial publication, as well as include the work in any future hard copy publications. If authors republish their work elsewhere, please reference New Pop Lit as the place of original publication.

Thanks for considering us. We look forward to reading your stories, poems, and essays!

(Painting by Kathleen Marie Crane.)
(*Writing previously made available to the public in any form we consider as published. We have allowed exceptions to this policy under special circumstances.)

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