GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

We are currently accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, Disagreements and Economy from Jan 15, 2018 to June. 15, 2018. Poetry submissions are not currently open.

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From Jan. 15 to June 15, 2018:

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. Closed off to you like so many of the better things in life -- is what I'd say if I were some blue-blooded aristocrat getting my jollies by ragging on the hoi polloi. 

Yes, you can submit your work here and elsewhere simultaneously, but please let us know your work has then been accepted for publication as soon as possible. We'd do the same for you, possibly -- one is free to speculate, though. 

No previously published work, thank you.

Ends on January 15, 2019

“Disagreement is not the conflict between one who says white and another who says black. It is the conflict between one who says white and another who also says white but does not understand the same thing by it... What makes an action political is not its object or the place where it is carried out, but solely its form, the form in which confirmation of equality  is inscribed in the setting up of a dispute...Political activity makes understood as discourse what was once only noise.” 

Jacques Rancière, Disagreement

Are you tired of partisan politics that go nowhere? If so, submit to ACM's new year round column -- Disagreements. "Disagreements" seeks to publish essays and Letters to the Editor which can qualify as real disagreements as defined by Jacques Ranciere. For Ranciere, most of what passes for "political" or as a "disagreement" is no such thing because it does not grant the people with whom one disagrees  fundamental equality as a speaking being. Arguments by the "left" are heard as whining and complaining by those on the "right," and arguments from the "right" are heard as angry and incoherent by the "left." Whether "left" or "right" in your politics, you can only disagree when you have truly heard and can explain your opponent's argument. It is only disagreement when your opponent is heard as speech rather than noise. Any polemic lacking this feature merely perpetuates the current system. Create change by bringing back real disagreement. Submit today!

Ends on June 15, 2018
ACM is launching a new section of the magazine concerned with ECONOMIES. The economic, in all of its forms is vital part of life and the history of thought. Many magazines focus exclusively on issues of social justice or diversity. While we also support such causes, we support placing them in conversation with the economic in its broadest understanding. Whether personal essay or academic in nature, we want to ensure that ECONOMIES remains a productive agent of discourse.

We welcome submissions focusing on various elements related to the “Economy,” or economies, local or otherwise. Of particular interest to the magazine includes class-based analyses attentive to our ever-shifting economic landscape—whether understood as a moment of neoliberalism or late capitalism, among other possible designations—while also considering corresponding realities of gendered and racialized inequalities. With this foundation in mind, we encourage
economic inflected critical analyses of topics including, but not limited to, the following: environmental injustice and racism, climate induced displacement and migration, gentrification, immigration, perpetual and promoted segregation (spatially and institutionally), re-conceptualizations and configurations of the category of “class,” privatization versus the public,and the future of work and automation. 
Ends on June 6, 2018$3.00
$3.00
Another Chicago Magazine is now reading previously unpublished short fiction. We seek dynamic prose, diverse perspectives, and fresh characters in stories between 500 and 7,500 words. Please submit no more than one story at a time, unless you are submitting flash fiction (under 1,000 words), in which case we welcome up to three pieces submitted as one document. Genre writing will be considered but held to a high standard and must have a broad appeal. In general, hard sci-fi and complicated fantasy tales are a tougher sell for our editorial staff. Novel excerpts are welcome.
Ends on June 6, 2018$3.00
$3.00
Another Chicago Magazine is now reading previously unpublished nonfiction, including literary journalism, cultural criticism, personal essays and memoirs between 500 and 7,500 words. Please submit no more than one piece at a time, unless you are submitting a series of related work (under 1,000 words each), in which case we welcome up to three pieces submitted as one document. Book excerpts are welcome.

The best pieces will include an element of research and reporting, and memoirs or personal essays should demonstrate the author's perspective on the experience and engagement with the larger world.