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 1. Please do not send more than one submission during that time.
  • Online: All year. For word counts, read on.
    • Fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid work: 2,000 words maximum for online publication.
    • Poetry: Send 3-5 short poems for online publication.

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, 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 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.

$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.
$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.
In our efforts to resist the hatred and fear that pervades our communities right now, we want to amplify the voices of those writers among us who are taking action against the legislation coming from the wake of 2016. Submit work about climate change, Black Lives Matter, the GOP scapegoating Muslims, gun violence, violation of the first amendment, immigration, our responsibility as writers to defends facts and truth, and anything else that you feel is under attack.

All genres are welcome. Word counts for prose are 2,000 words. Poets, send 3-5 poems. Publication will be online.

This category is ONLY for fiction and ONLY for online publication. Submissions for print should be submitted under the "Fiction (print)" category.

Total word count should not exceed 2,000.

If you submit a story that's over 2,000 words, and we're interested in publishing it, we may ask to publish it in serial form.

This category is for online publication. If you'd like your poetry considered for print publication, submit it under Poetry (print). 

Please send 3-5 poems in a single document.


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.

 

Send us your best non-fiction.

Total word count should not exceed 2,000.

If you submit an essay that's over 2,000 words, and we're interested in publishing it, we may ask to publish it in serial form.

Dozens of writers have mistakenly submitted fiction and poetry under the "apt comparisons" category. Please don't submit fiction or poetry here. If you're trying to submit fiction or poetry, just hit the back button and choose one of those categories.

However, if you've written an essay comparing two things, stay here. Here, we want your comparative essays. Essay might be too constricting a word though. The comparisons don't have to be 100% non-fiction. You can write a piece of satire that might be an apt comparison. We just want you to compare two things in an amusing, erudite, thoughtful, or other pleasing way.

Here's an example. In June of 2012, Dahlia Lithwick wrote an essay for Slate comparing Chief Justice John Roberts to a Muppet.

That is satire. That is also an apt comparison.

Here's another example. For the first apt comparison, our visual arts editor, J.F. Lynch, wrote an essay comparing Art and art.

That is not satire. It is still an apt comparison.

So, compare two things (any two things you want). Then send them our way.

Total word count should not exceed 2,000.

For comics, please send at least 3 pages.

For video, please submit a link to your work. If the file in question is under 10MB, feel free to upload it using the submission form.

NOTE: If you are uploading multiple files, please do so in one submission (up to 5 images per submission). If you're submitting a sequence of more than 5 images, please send a representative sample and/or send us a link to the full set.