Submissions

Our mission:

We love work that is personal and political and shows that you can write beautifully and incisively about important subjects.

Starting August 15, 2021, we will open submissions for the theme Dis/placement/orientation. We are seeking work that considers human movement and (dis)location on large or small scales –– work considering movement and travel, and our deep connections (or lack thereof) to places: work that explores diaspora and  migration, escape and refuge; making a home or leaving one; feelings of rootedness or uprootedness; movement across a town, or across the world. We want to go beyond the disorientation of recreational and volunteer related travel. As always, we are most interested in work which incisively approaches its subject matter, and work which meaningfully blends the personal and the political. While we always accept work from people around the world, those writing from or about Chicago are especially encouraged to submit.

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.

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Contact our editors for questions about the work we publish.

We are open*open*open for submission. Poets: Please note that we just reached our maximum number of poetry submissions for this quarter. Everyone: Please proofread one more time and write your name on the piece. Make sure you submit your work to the right portal. Note that sometimes we charge a small fee to cover our Submittable subscription. If you can’t afford it, let us know.

Nonfiction

We seek memoir, reported essays, braided essays, collages, vignettes, extremely literary journalism, oral history, meditations, combinations of the previous. Short, long, medium. Political in the largest sense.

Fiction

We welcome all genres, from short to long.

AV

We welcome audio art and original music, experimental and independent film, poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Duration should be from about six to ten minutes. Interviews may be longer. 

Translations

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.

Drama

We seek short theater pieces, monologues, excerpts of longer work. See the Submittable page for information on formatting.

The Loop

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. 

Interviews

We are open to queries about interviews with writers, activists, artists, and public intellectuals.

Art

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.

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