What We're Looking For
Generally, Atlas and Alice is a magazine interested in intersections. Chief among them are the meetings-up of science and the arts, prose and poetry, and any piece that seems to do more than one thing at once. Your intersections don't have to be radical--although we like radical. Reinvent your own idea of the intersection. And then share it with 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.
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Read, edit, re-read, and re-edit your work. No changes will be allowed after a piece has been submitted (duh).
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).
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
Collaborations are welcome, so long as all parties consent. Maybe that's not so hard on written work, but it gets tricky for multimedia submissions, so query us first on those (email@example.com).
We prefer submissions arrive through this submissions manager (Submittable) and not our email.
Thanks. We look forward to hearing from you!
We want your nonfiction, one piece up to 4500 words or two pieces, each less than 750 words (in the same document, please). Include total word count at the beginning of your submission.
Honestly, we're not in love with memoir. Personal essays, yes. We also love meditative and lyric essays -- so, pieces that read a lot like poetry, but are technically nonfiction. Think about intersections.
We look forward to seeing your work!
We want original, unpublished poems, 3-5 (but no more than 10 pages per submission). Try to submit poems in different styles, so we can get an idea of the kind of writer you are. Please include all poems in a single document. If any of your poems are accepted for publication elsewhere, please send a partial withdrawal email to us (atlasandalice [at] gmail [dot] com).
Send us your original, unpublished work, up to 4000 words. We prefer self-contained stories, not novel excerpts, unless they are self-contained.
Got something much shorter, say, 750 words or less? We'll take up to three pieces of flash fiction (<750 words) so long as they are submitted in the same document.
Include total word count at the beginning of your submission, please.
We love intersections of genres and ideas, so send us your fiction that feels like poetry, or your story that takes a strange shape. Surprise us with form.