Our mission:

We want work that is urgent and beautiful, that was written with lightning and a sense that tomorrow may never come. We want work that pushes edges and tells us something new. We love work that is personal and political—political in the largest sense, as in awareness of who has the power and how it is they came to have it. We also acknowledge that politics can be other things than power embodied in people and welcome viewpoints and arguments, backed by evidence, reasoning, political philosophy and economic analysis. We prize reasoned dialogue over dogmatism.


Contact our editors for questions about the work we publish. Submissions for the next issue will open Jan. 15, 2018, and close June 15, 2018.

Year Round Online Features

The Loop

In between our semi-annual issues we publish The Loop (Art/Power), which features nonfiction of most kinds, accompanied by art of most kinds. We welcome reportage, oral histories, review-essays, meditations, collage essays, political ruminations, travel pieces, your weird experimentalisms, interviews, critiques, and forms we haven’t thought of. The combination of art and text is important for The Loop. You can include your own photos/art work or those in the public domain; it’s fun to search digital collections such as those offered by the New York Public LibraryNational Gallery of ArtThe Met and Pexels. The site 99designs contains links to 30 free-access image web sites, including The British Library and the delightful Public Domain Review.  Or you might favor Medieval woodcuts  or Victorian clipart. You might prefer a roundup of vintage clipart sites. Just don’t get lost in the art. Or if you do, write about it. Feel free, also, to include video and sound art.

To submit work or a query to The Loop, send an email to The subject line *must* be The Loop, or else your message will get lost in the stratosphere as it moseys along, harmonizing with the music of the spheres and having such a good time away that it will never come back home.

The Loop is edited by ACM editor S.L. Wisenberg.

Book reviews and review-essays:

Unlike many other literary magazines, ACM welcomes 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. Query with “book review” in the subject line to pitch an idea.

Translations, interviews, artwork:

Translations of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are welcome. Query with “translation” in the subject line. Follow the same logic to make a query having to do with an interview or artwork.