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 email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
We're excited to announce that writer Mahtem Shiferraw will be curating a special 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 15, 2019, with an anticipated publication date on our website in May 2019. Here are specific details:
- This is a special issue featuring writers of color only; open theme issue.
- 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 4/15/19.
- 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.