Submission Guidelines

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

We publish longform work in print once a year. Our tenth issue is due in 2020. The theme will be climate change. Guidelines for apt 10 will be available soon.
In the meantime, feel free to buy one of our issues and support the work of our authors in print and online.

HOW TO SUBMIT

We only read submissions sent through our online submission managerIf you do not see an option to submit work in a specific genre (e.g., Poetry – Online), we’re not currently reading or publishing that genre.

 

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

 

WHEN WE READ

PrintSubmissions for apt’s tenth print annual will be announced shortly.

 

WHAT WE WANT FROM YOU

Include a brief bio (30 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.

OUR WISH LIST:

— Work from writers of color

— Work from LGTBQIA2S writers

— Work from disabled and neurodiverse writers

— Work from women and non-gender-conforming writers

— Hybrid writing

— Comics

— More non-fiction: We get more fiction and poetry submissions than any other genre. We don’t want to have to solicit work—we prefer discovering good writing by new writers via the queue—but we want to present a balanced view of genres.

 

WHAT WE DO NOT WANT FROM YOU

Previously published material.

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

Preachy 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, but work we’ve published online has been reprinted in The Best of the Net, and received notice from The Best American Essays, so we’ll still champion your work, no matter the genre.

 

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.