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. When we moved from print to online, we inherited a passel of submissions and we’re still going through them. We are now reading in these categories:
To commemorate the 1919 Chicago race riot, and the 1919 Red Summer, we are publishing work having to do with race/riot/rebellion/revolution. In your cover letter, please let us know how your work relates to the theme.
The Loop (Art/Power) 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.
Disagreements is founded on the theories of Jacques Ranciere who preached that much of what passes for politics is instead what he termed, “police.” In other words, what we think inspires change often does little other than maintain our current system. Ranciere defined “politics” as being solely about form. To have politics, to have a dispute requires granting your opponents status as a speaking being. DISAGREEMENTS is a space for those who wish to be political in this sense. To disagree requires granting your opponents the most fundamental of all equalities — status as a legitimate arguer. No one- sided rants, please.
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 are open to queries about interviews.