We love work that is personal and political and shows that you can write beautifully and incisively about important subjects. We are based in Chicago, slightly biased toward Chicago writers and topics, but welcome work from around the world.
In the second half of 2019 we published pieces on the theme of race/riot/rebellion/revolution in order to commemorate the 1919 Chicago race riot, the 1919 Red Summer, and the 400th anniversary of the introduction of slavery in what became the US. Though we no longer have specific submission portals on that theme, we always welcome work that deals with the general subjects of race/riot/rebellion/revolution, especially in the wake of recent events.
As writers, we know how hard it is to wait for a response, so we accept simultaneous submissions.
Contact our editors for questions about the work we publish.
Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are closed while we catch up.
We welcome translations of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama (including excerpts from novels or from full-length plays). Whenever possible, we also publish the piece in the original language. We need written permission of the writer whose work has been translated.
We seek short theater pieces, monologues, excerpts of longer work. See the Submittable page for information on formatting.
We seek text (any genre) and art that work together.
Reviews and review-essays
Unlike many other literary magazines, ACM welcomes book reviews and review-essays about history and social issues. We’re most interested in books that provide new ways of looking at subjects. We also publish reviews and review-essays of works of literature. We encourage creativity in form. We occasionally publish reviews of other art forms. We now have separate review portals for poetry and for prose.
We are open to queries about interviews with writers, activists, artists, and with people who might be called “public intellectuals.”
We publish art with each work of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and welcome all sorts of media. We also publish portfolios of an artist’s work (including photographers). Please query with a link to your web site or attachments, via Submittable.