Our mission:

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. When we moved from print to online, we inherited a passel of submissions and we’re still going through them. We had a huge backlog, especially, of poetry. We are now reading in these categories:

Dispatches from a Pandemic–CLOSING JUNE 10

We are continuing to publish dispatches from all over the world–Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Thailand–as well as Brooklyn and Mount Carmel, Tennesee. We are especially looking for personal pieces from service and essential workers, people affected economically, patients and their families, and health-care workers. We’re also interested in historical reflections. We are not interested in generalities or information that can be found in journalistic or scientific publications. We will be happy to include drawings, paintings and photographs, as long as the rights are free. We’re also open to receiving audio and video. We are hoping that this small effort will help unite people in this trying and dangerous time. Artists may submit work without text to the Art portal. 

General Nonfiction

We publish memoir, reported essays, braided essays, collages, vignettes, extremely literary journalism, experiments, oral history, meditations. Short, long, medium.


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

The Loop

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.


We welcome translations of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. (We might only publish excerpts of long works.) Please send the original too; whenever possible, we will also publish the piece in the original language. We need the written permission of the writer whose work is translated.

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 with writers and with people who might be called “public intellectuals.”


We seek art to accompany text, and also are open to publishing artists’ portfolios.