Hi! Thank you for your interest in Atlas and Alice. We are eager to read your work. Please read the guidelines carefully before you submit. We are looking for work that intersects boundaries and blurs genres (art meets science, prose meets poetry, positive meets negative, you get the gist). Be original. Be creative. (Really, intersection can mean anything.) Now, go surprise us.
Rights: Atlas and Alice acquires first serial rights, but those rights revert back to you, the artist, upon publication. We kindly ask for acknowledgment for subsequent reprints of your work.
Payment: In love–for now.
General Guidelines: Send us your work using our Submittable manager. We don’t accept previously published work, but we do accept simultaneous submissions. In fact, we encourage them. We understand it’s a writer-eat-writer world out there. Just be sure to notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. Given the chance, we’ll mix a tasty cocktail in your honor.
Cover Letters: We all hate writing them, don’t we? So consider them unnecessary. If you have something interesting to say, want to mention a piece we published that you like, or how you found out about the magazine, by all means do. If you’re just including the same old “My work has been published or is forthcoming from…” then, we encourage you not to write a cover letter.
Multiple Submissions: Please hit us up in just one genre per submission period (unless we ask specifically to see more work). Send all submissions through our Submittable manager. If your work is accepted, please wait six months before submitting new work. If your work is rejected, please wait 3 months before submitting more work.
Fiction: We want to see your self-contained stories (novel excerpts only if they can stand alone) up to 4,000 words. Got something shorter? We like flash. For fiction, send us up to three pieces, each less than 750 words (in the same document). Include the total word count at the beginning of your submission, please.
Creative Nonfiction: We want your nonfiction pieces, up to 4,500 words. Again, if you’ve got something shorter, great. For nonfiction, submit two pieces less than 750 words each (in the same document). Include the total word count at the beginning of your submission, please.
Hint (We also love meditative and lyric essays — so, pieces that read a lot like poetry, but are technically nonfiction.)
Poetry: We want your original, unpublished work, 3-5 poems (and no more than 10 pages per submission). Try to submit poems in different styles, so we can have an idea of the kind of writer you are. Please include all poems in a single document. When submissions are closed, please email any partial withdrawal info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multimedia: if you have a submission that does not fit in the traditional genres, you have our immediate attention. Send us a short and sweet query at email@example.com explaining the nature of your submission (what kind of media, purpose of work, why it fits in A&A) and brief bio (no more than 200 words). You must be the sole author/creator of the work; no collaborations will be accepted unless all involved parties consent for the submission (and in that case, which is very rare, only ONE submission per project will be read).
Special Micro/Short Flash Creative Nonfiction Issue: Global Pandemic x The Thing I Took For Granted
Submissions open for two weeks starting 4/6/20 (or until we reach our sub limit).
With life slamming to a halt at every turn during a global pandemic, things we might have taken for granted come into very sharp focus. Some are serious, like paychecks or visiting immunocompromised relatives; some are surprising, like hugs and holding doors open; and some are silly, like being able to complain about going to the gym or buying a coffee when the mood strikes. In 100-500 words maximum, tell us what you now realize you’ve been taking for granted. Pour your heart out and make us cry. Show us the glass half full and make us laugh. We will choose our favorite ten, with each published contributor (thanks to a generous donor) receiving $20 to be paid via Venmo or PayPal.
So start thinking. Start writing. Beginning April 6th, you can submit by clicking here!