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


NOTE: Please send only one submission (print or online) 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. Similarly, do not send two separate submissions in a single category (i.e., do not send one short story or batch of poems, and then an additional story/batch of poems before you've received a response about that first submission).

WHEN WE READ
  • Print: March 1-September 15. Please do not send more than one submission during that time.
  • Online: Normally, we read all year, but then we were listed on a website that said our submissions are open all year, and we got slammed by writers who've never read our journal. So, as of August 2, 2017, we're closed to submissions for online publication for the foreseeable future--this is why we can't have anything nice.

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. Just let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  • We want you to proofread. We want you to use spellcheck.
  • We want you to make us think AND feel.
  • OUR WISH LIST: 
    • Work from writers of color
    • Work from queer writers
    • Work from women and non-gender-conforming writers
    • Literary activism: work addressing how to remain strong and aware during this dark political epoch we're enmeshed in (Russian influence in the US 2016 election, Brexit, mass incarceration/the prison industrial complex in the US, the GOP's attempt to delegitimize the work of climate scientists, the ongoing war against people from the Middle East, the Israel/Palestine conflict, the attack against the First Amendment in the US, the GOP's effort to rob women of reproductive rights, etc.), and allow us to underline this point: work addressing these issues is not limited to non-fiction
    • Hybrid writing
    • Comics
    • More fiction and non-fiction
      • In 2016, we got more 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.
  • 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. At this time, 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 to your work is always held by you. 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 reprint any of your work which originally appeared in apt, we ask that you acknowledge that fact.

$3.00
This is the category where you show your completely optional financial appreciation for what we do.

Guidelines for print publication

Fiction and non-fiction
The MINIMUM word count is 10,000 words. The maximum word count is 20,000 words.

Poetry
The MINIMUM word count is 2,000 words; the MINIMUM line count is 200 lines; the MINIMUM page count is 10 pages. The maximum is 4,000 words/500 lines/25 pages. 

Guidelines for online publication

Fiction and Non-fiction
The maximum word count is 1,000 words.

Poetry
There are no length stipulations, but please submit 3-5 poems.

apt comparisons
The maximum word count is 2,000 words.

NOTE

  • Please send only one submission (print or online) 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 more than one poem or story 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.
$14.50
You can order our most recent issue (devoted entirely to long-form writing) and submit your work at the same time!

Guidelines for print publication

Fiction and non-fiction
The MINIMUM word count is 10,000 words. The maximum word count is 20,000 words.

Poetry
The MINIMUM word count is 2,000 words; the MINIMUM line count is 200 lines; the MINIMUM page count is 10 pages. The maximum is 4,000 words/500 lines/25 pages. 

Guidelines for online publication

Fiction and Non-fiction
The maximum word count is 1,000 words.

Poetry
There are no length stipulations, but please submit 3-5 poems.

apt comparisons
The maximum word count is 2,000 words.

NOTE

  • Please send only one submission (print or online) 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 more than one poem or story 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.
Ends on September 1, 2017
Our print issues are dedicated solely to longform work.

To that end, do not submit stories that are shorter than 10,000 words. Maximum word count is 15,000 words.

(You can also submit work through our donation submission category, which would be much appreciated, though is by no means required.)
Ends on September 1, 2017
Please do not submit chapbook manuscripts here. We do not publish chapbooks as part of our journal.

Our print issues are dedicated solely to longform work.

To that end, we are looking for long poems that satisfy one of the following criteria:
  • 2,000-4,000 words
  • 10-25 pages
  • 200-500 lines
(You can also submit work for print through our donation submission category, which would be much appreciated, though is by no means required and will not affect our reading of your work.)
Ends on September 1, 2017
Our print issues are dedicated solely to longform work.

To that end, do not submit essays that are shorter than 10,000 words. Maximum word count is 15,000 words.

(You can also submit work through our donation submission category, which would be much appreciated, though is by no means required.)