Hi! Thank you for your interest in Atlas & 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Poetry: We want your original, unpublished work, 3-5 poems (and no more than 10 pages per submission).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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Issue: We’re excited to announce that writer Mahtem Shiferraw will be curating a special online issue of Atlas + Alice, featuring poetry, short prose, and artwork exclusively by writers of color. Submissions will be open from February 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019, with an anticipated publication date on our website in May 2019. Rights are the same as our regular issues, as listed above. Here are specific details:
This is a special issue featuring writers of color only; open theme issue.
- Submissions from both national and international writers are encouraged.
Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems,
Prose: Submit one piece up to 1000 words.
Artwork: Submit visual art (any medium), up to 10 pieces in a single portfolio in PDF format. Please add titles to each piece, and a brief artist statement (up to 500 words) with the attachment.
Submissions open 2/1/19 and close
Please include a brief biographical note within the Submittable cover letter field.
About our guest editor:
Mahtem Shiferraw is a poet and visual artist from Ethiopia & Eritrea. Her work has been published in various literary magazines, including Poets.org, Callaloo, The 2River View, Luna Luna Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Numero Cinq, The Missing Slate, and elsewhere. Her prose appears at The Long Story, Short Literary Journal, The Bitter Oleander Press, and more. Her short story The River received an Honorable Mention at Glimmer Train’s Open Fiction Contest. In 2016, she won the Sillerman Prize for African Poets and her full-length collection, FUCHSIA, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. Her poetry chapbook, BEHIND WALLS & GLASS, was published by Finishing Line Press. She is the founder of Anaphora Literary Arts, a non-profit organization working to advance the works of writers and artists of color; co-founder of the Ethiopian Artist Collective, and editor of black lioness press, an imprint of Tsehai Publishers. She is a contributing editor for Otis Books Press, and curates the digital content for Anaphora. Mahtem has served as the managing editor of Atlas and Alice Literary Magazine, the founding editor for The Bleeding Lion: A Journal of Arts and Letters. She is a 2017 jury member for the prestigious Neudstat International Prize for Literature, and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Her most recent work appears or is forthcoming at Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street Journal, Chaos Hermeneutics Journal, At Length, and more. Her poems have been included in the anthologies Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles (Tia Chucha Press, 2016) and Leimert Park Voices Anthology (Harriet Tubman Imprint, 2017). Her most recent Pushcart nominated poems appear at World Literature Today. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry collection, YOUR BODY IS WAR, is out now from the University of Nebraska Press.