ISSUE THREE: OPEN with a Special Folio on Language

For the December 2022 issue, Atticus Review is looking for work for our open-themed issue. We are, however,  especially interested in work that engages with notions and explorations  of language. We are open to any and all interpretations of the prompt.

Thank you for your interest in publishing your work with Atticus Review. We are an online journal that publishes stories, poems, essays and other forms of creative digital media.


MIXED MEDIA SUBMISSIONS

Atticus Review seeks all types of electronic/digital/interactive literature as well as short/experimental films, book trailers, audio soundscapes and sonic compositions. If you like to push literary boundaries via digital technologies, send us your best.

To submit, send an email with subject “Mixed Media Submission” to mixedmedia@atticusreview.org. If possible, we prefer that you send links to media on Vimeo or YouTube or Soundcloud (or wherever the work is posted online) rather than send us audio/video files directly.


BOOK REVIEWS:

The rumors are true: we are once again accepting book reviews! If you have a book review, send it our way.

FOR ALL WORK:

By agreeing to have Atticus Review publish a story, essay, poem, or other work (“The Work”) the author of The Work (“Author”) agrees to grant Atticus Review first rights to publish The Work at atticusreview.org as well as the right to include The Work in a future issue of the Atticus Review Print Annual. After first publication by Atticus Review, and excepting the possible future inclusion in the Atticus Review Print Annual, all rights to The Work revert back to Author. If Author publishes The Work elsewhere after Atticus Review’s initial publication, Atticus Review requests that acknowledgement be given to Atticus Review in the journal, Web site, anthology, or other publication.

If your work is accepted, please wait at least one issue before submitting again. 

We accept book reviews that are 900-1200 words long. Ideally, reviews should focus on books recently published (in the last two years). We are especially interested in books from indie publishers and chapbooks. 

Please include the book's title, author, publication date, page length, and publisher in the upper left-hand corner. 

Book reviews will be published on our weekly blog, The Attic. 

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Send one piece of up to 3,000 words. We especially like Flash CNF: pieces that are 800 words or less. Pieces  that don't need a lot of space to get their point across. If you are  submitting Flash CNF, then you can submit up to three pieces (in one  document). Please do not submit more than once a month.

Please  keep formatting simple: Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced. Please  use only one space between sentences, not two. We only consider  unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are  fine, but please withdraw your work immediately upon acceptance  elsewhere. We are especially interested in reading CNF from writers of  color.

We are also especially interested in emerging writers.  We define this as writers with fewer than five publications across all  genres. If this  applies to you, please note "New Voices" in your cover  letter.

With  CNF, we like seeing the small set against the big picture. We want to  know why this matters. We want writing that engages our hearts and minds. We like lyrical. We like dark humor. We like pieces that look inward and confront shame.

In  addition to our role as editors for Atticus Review, we also are writers  who are bad submitters. We get intimidated. We fear rejection. So  please know that your work will be shown respect, and reviewed with eyes  that have stared at submit buttons for too long before nervous fingers  finally clicked. We know what a gift it is for you to give us something  you spent hours honing, tweaking, editing, getting just right.

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Please submit 1-5 poems through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are OK. We give serious consideration to every submission, whether or not we are familiar with the author's work, and respond as quickly as possible. Understand that this is a subjective business; if your work isn't selected, it's not the end of the world (though as writers ourselves, we understand that it can feel that way). 

We are also especially interested in emerging writers. We define this as writers with fewer than five publications across all genres. If this  applies to you, please note "New Voices" in your cover letter.

In terms of style, our bias tends toward lyrical narrative poetry, though we're definitely willing to read whatever — so long as it's your best work! In other words, think of your poems less as sermons and more as snapshots. They can be shocking, serene, heartbreaking, elegant, savage, narrative, surreal — or all of the above. 

Here are some poets we like, just to give you another hint as to what we're looking for: James Wright, Tony Hoagland, Stephen Dobyns, Bob Hicok, Dorianne Laux, Sharon Olds, Mary Biddinger, Djelloul Marbrook, Charles Simic, Billy Collins, Jeannine Hall Gailey, James Valvis, Peter Davis, Elton Glaser, Rodney Jones, Allison Joseph, Donal Hall and many, many more

What we DON'T like: poems that tell instead of show, that substitute shock value for depth or intellect for feeling, or that force a certain limited interpretation or philosophy on the reader rather than allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions. 



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Send one story of up to 4,000 words. Please keep formatting simple: Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced. Please use only one space between sentences, not two. We only consider unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw your work immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. For novels and collections, please see the book submission field for Atticus Books.

We are also interested in emerging writers. We define this as writers with fewer than five publications across all genres. If this  applies to you, please note "New Voices" in your cover letter.

We especially like Flash Fiction. Stories that are 800 words or less. Stories that don't need a lot of space to get their point across. If you are submitting Flash, then you can submit up to three stories. 

We want stories that engage our hearts and minds. Language matters. We like lyrical. We like dark humor. Most of all, perhaps, we want stories that matter. 

In addition to our role as editors for Atticus Review, we also are writers who submit work into the void. We get intimidated; we fear rejection. So please know that your words will be shown respect, and reviewed with eyes that—like yours—stare at submit buttons for too long before nervous fingers finally click send. We know what a gift it is for you to give us something you spent hours honing, tweaking, editing, getting just right. And we thank you.

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