We publish twice a year, in spring and autumn.

General Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions whether or not they have already been published elsewhere. Why nICHt? publishes poetry, short prose, translations and (occasionally) drama, but we also welcome any submission that plays with form, language, the page, images, and the form of a book.

We publish texts in English, German and French. Each issue is thematic, with the theme announced in advance. Please submit work appropriate to the theme, and feel free to interpret the theme in unique and unconventional ways. We aim for quality and originality; creative experiments are appreciated and encouraged.

Physical Format

Contributions are to be submitted electronically to editor[at] in .docx, .doc, .txt, .ods, or .ots format. We cannot accept handwritten or scanned submissions. All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least 2,5 cm margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Short prose should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. Please make sure your name appears on all of the pages of your manuscript. Contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note with their submission. Due to our editing process, we cannot and will not accept any submissions that are sent to us in a .pdf format.

Please name your attached submission according to these guidelines: first the title of the work, followed by an underscore, then the name under which you would like to be published, which can be your legal or a pen name.

e.g: DerrotePlanet_AlexanderBogdanov.docx


The length of a submission can be negotiated between the editors and the contributor, but our general guidelines are:
Poetry submissions may contain up to five poems, no more than two A4 pages in length per piece. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres.
Short stories can be up to five A4 pages in length, and no more than 2 000 words.

Response Time

Our response time varies from four to twelve weeks, depending on the number of submissions we receive and how close we are to this edition’s deadline. But if you have any questions in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us. Multiple submissions will be returned unread. We ask you to wait until you hear back from us before submitting new work for consideration.


We assume that any submissions to Why nICHt? are solely owned by the contributor. If you submit work that has been published elsewhere, you must either own the copyright for that piece or get the permission of the publisher to reproduce copyrighted material.

Happy Submitting!