Number One takes its name from a small, unincorporated community two miles west of Gallatin, Tennessee, on the Nashville Pike (Highway 31 E). No one is certain how the community of Number One got its name, but local legend suggests it was a stopping place for travellers on the Cumberland Trail and may have been a hunting ground or rendezvous point for traders and long-hunters in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Some say the name originated as a designation for an early school system, and others claim it came from the railroad lingo of the Louisville-Nashville line, which runs parallel to the Pike.
As a journal bearing the mysterious name of a place very near the location of its own origins at Volunteer State Community College, Number One features work that examines sense of place in the broadest of ways. We publish poetry, fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, and interviews about places and the people who inhabit such places. While many of the writers appearing in these pages live in the American South, we are open to including work by writers from around the world.
Poetry: Submit up to three previously unpublished poems, no more than forty lines each.
Prose: (Fiction and Creative Non-fiction): Submit up to six pages of unpublished prose, double spaced, word count not to exceed 1300 words.
Provide a brief cover letter with your name, address, email address and the titles of the poems or prose in your submission. Please include a brief biography to be printed if your work is selected.
Email Submission: Send two copies of your work, one with your name and one without, via email attachment in a .doc, docx. or .rtf file to:
number.oneATvolstateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
USPS delivery: Send two copies of each work, only one of which includes your name to:
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
Number One is published annually each fall. Submission Deadline for the 2017 issue is March 15th.