Submission Guidelines

NOTE: As of 9/15, we’re closed to all submissions. If you’re looking for a place to submit your writing, look at Entropy’s bimonthly list of calls for submissions.

What follows are our normal guidelines, which will apply when we reopen submissions, likely in 2017.

 

Thanks for your interest in being a part of apt. Please read the guidelines below and familiarize yourself with apt before submitting.

HOW TO SUBMIT

We only read submissions sent through our online submission manager. See below for guidelines by genre.

Please send only one submission at a time. For example, if you send a poetry submission, do not send a fiction submission until you hear from us about your poetry.

If you submit one or more poems or stories, and you need to withdraw a portion of your submission (e.g. one poem from a set of five), please do not withdraw the submission and resubmit it. Just let us know by using the notes field in Submittable.

 

WHAT WE READ

Print: Our print annuals are dedicated entirely to long-form work. Word count ranges are listed below.

– Fiction: 10,000-15,000 words
– Poetry: 2,000-5,000 words; 10-25 pages; 200-500 lines
– Essays: 10,000-15,000 words

Online: We publish new work online each week. Our online journal is dedicated entirely to short work. Length stipulations are listed below.

– Fiction: 1,000 words maximum
– Poetry: We’re currently closed to poetry submissions for online publication.
– Essays/Reviews: 2,000 words maximum
– Comics: At least 3 pages of narrative comics
– Video: Include a link to your work; if under 10MB, upload it via our submission form

 

WHEN WE READ

Print: March 1-September 15. Please do not send more than one submission between March 1 and September 15.

Online: All year. Please do not submit more than once every 30 days.

 

WHAT WE WANT FROM YOU

Include a brief bio (50 words or fewer) written in the third person. If you do not include a bio and we accept your work, we will make something up. It will be complimentary, but likely not factual.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. Let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

We want you to proofread. We want you to use spellcheck.

We want your work to make us think AND feel.

 

WHAT WE DO NOT WANT FROM YOU

Previously published material.

Writing about writing. Stories about writers. Poems about poetry.

Overly religious material.

Any work that is racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, hateful, etc.

 

WHEN YOU WILL HEAR FROM US

For online submissions, we will respond within 30 days.

For print submissions, we will respond within 3 months.

 

WHAT CONTRIBUTORS RECEIVE

All contributors with work featured in print issues will receive $50 and one contributor’s copy of the issue in which their work appears. There is no payment for online publication.

 

LEGAL/RIGHTS INFO

We reserve first printing rights, including publication in apt in both printed and ebook formats, and the right to excerpt portions of accepted work online in order to promote you, your work, and the journal. The copyright for work published by apt is always held by its authors. If we publish your work on the website, we reserve first North American electronic publication rights and the right to keep it here in archives indefinitely. All other rights remain property of the author. If you want to reprint any work that originally appeared in apt, we ask that you credit the author and the publication.