Submissions

PLEASE don’t try to send us fiction, poetry, or drama for the rest of 2021. Don’t be sneaky and try to squeeze it into the wrong portal. That makes us cranky and it will cause your work to orbit endlessly around the internet.

Our mission:

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

We also call for theme submissions from time to time. 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. In 2021 we asked for submissions on displacement.

Though we no longer have specific submission portals on those themes, we always welcome work that deals with the general subjects of race/riot/rebellion/revolution and displacement.

As writers, we know how hard it is to wait for a response, so we accept simultaneous submissions. We are open for submissions in limited genres for the rest of 2021. Stay tuned for 2022.

What we publish:

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. Hurry! Submissions for 2021 close at 11:59pm Nov. 30.

Fiction

We publish short-short to long, no restrictions on style or content. Submissions closed for 2021.

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. Submissions closed for 2021.

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. As a rule, we require interviews to be conducted in person, by phone, by Zoom or the like.

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.

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