GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Submissions are open in all genres, general as well as those on the theme of dis/placement/orientation.

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Submit only one prose piece at time. We will respond to it as quickly as we can, and as soon as we do, you’re free to submit again. Unless submissions are closed. 

Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication. 

As a rule, we don't re-publish work. Maybe once a year we publish a piece that was published elsewhere.

If you have a bit to spare.... We're all volunteers and every so often we use our own money to pay for odds and ends like postage to send a book to a review editor or copies of pieces to Best Americans.  You may think we're chutzpahdik to put out our virtual tip jar, since we ask you to pay a bit to submit in some categories. That helps cover our Submittable subscription. Otherwise we'd be drowning in envelopes, as in the old days. And we know how it's annoying to pay for what might turn out to be a rejection. Who told you to choose this life anyway? As Saroyan wrote:

Iowa said, “I just got in from Salinas. No work in the lettuce fields. Going north now, to Portland; …”

I wanted to tell him how it was with me: rejected story from Scribner’s, rejected essay from The Yale Review, no money for decent cigarettes, worn shoes, old shirts, but I was afraid to make something of my own troubles. A writer’s troubles are always boring, a bit unreal. People are apt to feel, Well, who asked you to write in the first place? A man must pretend not to be a writer. 

I said, “Good luck, north”… Fine boy, hope he isn’t dead, hope he hasn’t frozen, mighty cold these days.”

We seek individual pieces of art and portfolios on the theme of Dis/placement/orientation. Details: We are seeking work that considers human movement and (dis)location on large or small scales –– work considering movement and travel, and our deep connections (or lack thereof) to places: work that explores diaspora and  migration, escape and refuge; making a home or leaving one; feelings of rootedness or uprootedness; movement across a town, or across the world. We want to go beyond the disorientation of recreational and volunteer related travel. As always, we are most interested in work which incisively approaches its subject matter, and work which meaningfully blends the personal and the political. While we always accept work from people around the world, those writing from or about Chicago are especially encouraged to submit.

We publish art with each work of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and welcome all sorts of media. We also publish portfolios of an artist's work (including photographers). Please query with a link to your web site or attachments.

We welcome audio art and original music, experimental and independent film, poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Duration should be from about six to 10 minutes. Interviews may be longer.

Potential contributors must:

· be the work’s original creator or an appropriate representative of it;

· vouch that ACM can present their work without breaching law or contracts pertinent to the work.

Baseline technical qualifications for submissions:

  • Audio – mp3 file format, two-channel (stereo); 128      kbits/sec encoding
  • Video – mp4 (H.264) file format, 1080p-HD with playback      anywhere from 24 to 30 frames/sec; two-channel (stereo) sound; minimum of      5 Mbits/sec encoding

The audio or video media itself should be submitted. URLs to YouTube, Vimeo or the like may not be considered, and URLs open to the full public may be less so.

We welcome audio art and original music, experimental and independent film, poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Duration should be from about six to 10 minutes. Interviews may be longer. 

Potential contributors must:

· be the work’s original creator or an appropriate representative of it;

· vouch that ACM can present their work without breaching law or contracts pertinent to the work.

Baseline technical qualifications for submissions:

  • Audio – mp3 file format, two-channel (stereo); 128      kbits/sec encoding
  • Video – mp4 (H.264) file format, 1080p-HD with playback      anywhere from 24 to 30 frames/sec; two-channel (stereo) sound; minimum of      5 Mbits/sec encoding

The audio or video media itself should be submitted. URLs to YouTube, Vimeo or the like may not be considered, and URLs open to the full public may be less so.

This portal is for drama on our theme. Please use the general drama portal for non-theme work.

Theme: Dis/placement/orientation. We are seeking work that considers human movement and (dis)location on large or small scales –– work considering movement and travel, and our deep connections (or lack thereof) to places: work that explores diaspora and  migration, escape and refuge; making a home or leaving one; feelings of rootedness or uprootedness; movement across a town, or across the world. We want to go beyond the disorientation of recreational and volunteer related travel. As always, we are most interested in work which incisively approaches its subject matter, and work which meaningfully blends the personal and the political. While we always accept work from people around the world, those writing from or about Chicago are especially encouraged to submit. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.Short theater pieces, monologues, excerpts of longer work. Please use the format outlined here:  https://grms.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/75823103/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf   Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication.

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 Short theater pieces, monologues, excerpts of longer work. Please use the format outlined here:  https://grms.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/75823103/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf   Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication. 


Ends on This opportunity will close after 125 submissions have been received.

This portal is for fiction on our theme. Please use the general fiction portal for non-theme work. Fiction here that does not fit the theme WILL NOT be accepted. You'll strongly increase your chances of acceptance if you keep your piece under 7500 words.

Dis/placement/orientation. We are seeking work that considers human movement and (dis)location on large or small scales –– work considering movement and travel, and our deep connections (or lack thereof) to places: work that explores diaspora and  migration, escape and refuge; making a home or leaving one; feelings of rootedness or uprootedness; movement across a town, or across the world. We want to go beyond the disorientation of recreational and volunteer related travel. As always, we are most interested in work which incisively approaches its subject matter, and work which meaningfully blends the personal and the political. While we always accept work from people around the world, those writing from or about Chicago are especially encouraged to submit. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Please query here about interviews with people whose work has to do with the theme of Dis/placement/orientation. (We are seeking work that considers human movement and (dis)location on large or small scales –– work considering movement and travel, and our deep connections (or lack thereof) to places: work that explores diaspora and  migration, escape and refuge; making a home or leaving one; feelings of rootedness or uprootedness; movement across a town, or across the world. We want to go beyond the disorientation of recreational and volunteer related travel. As always, we are most interested in work which incisively approaches its subject matter, and work which meaningfully blends the personal and the political. While we always accept work from people around the world, those writing from or about Chicago are especially encouraged to submit.)

We believe that the best interviews are done in person, to allow for liveliness and spontaneity. Second-best is via telephone or Skype. We appreciate your providing us, with your interview, a photo of the person, taken by you or the subject's PR empire. We appreciate it even more if the interview is timely; see Cara Suglich's interview with George Saunders about his winning of the Booker Prize. When you query, please let us know your relationship, if any, to the subject. Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication.

Please query. We believe that the best interviews are done in person, to allow for liveliness and spontaneity. Second-best is via telephone or Skype. We appreciate your providing us, with your interview, a photo of the person, taken by you or the subject's PR empire. We appreciate it even more if the interview is timely; see Cara Suglich's interview with George Saunders about his winning of the Booker Prize. When you query, please let us know your relationship, if any, to the subject. Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication. 

Theme: Dis/placement/orientation. We are seeking work that considers human movement and (dis)location on large or small scales –– work considering movement and travel, and our deep connections (or lack thereof) to places: work that explores diaspora and  migration, escape and refuge; making a home or leaving one; feelings of rootedness or uprootedness; movement across a town, or across the world. We want to go beyond the disorientation of recreational and volunteer related travel. As always, we are most interested in work which incisively approaches its subject matter, and work which meaningfully blends the personal and the political. While we always accept work from people around the world, those writing from or about Chicago are especially encouraged to submit. We seek memoir, reported essays, braided essays, collages, vignettes, extremely literary journalism, oral history, meditations. Short, long, medium. Political in the largest sense.  Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication.

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 We seek memoir, reported essays, braided essays, collages, vignettes, extremely literary journalism, oral history, meditations. Short, long, medium. Political in the largest sense.  Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication. 

We’re open to all styles of poetry, from formal to experimental, including prose poems. We don’t have a preference for topics, as long as the writing is compelling, evocative,  and memorable. Submit 3-5 poems. We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere.

We publish reviews and review-essays of books that are free of jargon and are of interest to curious generalists (not academic specialists). We encourage creativity in reviews. They can be in almost any format: list, personal essay, collage, etc. If you'd like to review for us, please use this form to tell us what genres you prefer. If you have a specific book in mind, please let us know of your relationship, if any, to the author. Just about all of the books we review are published by small presses. We rarely review books published by large commercial presses. This portal is for poetry reviews and queries. For prose, please go to the prose review portal.  Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication. 

We publish reviews and review-essays of books that are of interest to curious generalists (not academic specialists): fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, history, politics, sociology, art, biography, and more. We also publish reviews of other arts. We encourage creativity in reviews. They can be in almost any format: list, personal essay, collage, etc. If you'd like to review for us, please use this form to tell us what genres you prefer. If you have a specific book in mind, please let us know of your relationship, if any, to the author. Just about all of the books we review are published by small presses. We rarely review books published by large commercial presses. This portal is for prose reviews and queries. For poetry, please go to the poetry review portal. Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication. 


Theme: Dis/placement/orientation. We are seeking work that considers human movement and (dis)location on large or small scales –– work considering movement and travel, and our deep connections (or lack thereof) to places: work that explores diaspora and  migration, escape and refuge; making a home or leaving one; feelings of rootedness or uprootedness; movement across a town, or across the world. We want to go beyond the disorientation of recreational and volunteer related travel. As always, we are most interested in work which incisively approaches its subject matter, and work which meaningfully blends the personal and the political. While we always accept work from people around the world, those writing from or about Chicago are especially encouraged to submit. We welcome translations of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama  (including excerpts from novels or from full-length plays). Please submit the original text along with your translation. If we wish to publish the translation, we'll need  written permission from the writer. Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication.

We welcome translations of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama  (including excerpts from novels or from full-length plays). Please submit the original text along with your translation. If we wish to publish the translation, we'll need  written permission from the writer. Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work has been accepted for publication. 

ACM is looking for a new interviews editor. The magazine includes interviews of activists, visual artists, and public intellectuals, as well as literary artists. The editor will review interview submissions and queries, and solicit and assign reviews. This person will also edit the interviews, working with the interviewer. ACM's ethos is that an interview should read like a conversation, albeit an edited one. Therefore, we rarely run email interviews, and ask that interviewers speak to interviewees in real time. The interviews editor is also encouraged to conduct any interviews she would like to. Unfortunately, none of us is paid at ACM. Please apply with a cover letter that includes interviewing and editing experiences, ideas for potential interviewees, and a CV/resume.

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