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.

If you’re a writer who tests limits, we want to read your best stuff. We tend to like work that makes us think. We like work that toys with genre boundaries. We like subversive. We like heartfelt. We like lyrical. We like enchanting. We like weird. We like dark humor. We are the island of misfit toys. If you feel like you belong on this island, please send your work our way.

We only consider unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw your work immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. 

*Poetry and Fiction submissions are currently closed.




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 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.


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 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.

Atticus Review is happy to announce our third annual Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest, this year judged by Nick Flynn.


  • You may submit one (1) piece of Flash CNF of up to 1000 words for consideration
  • Contest submission fee is $10
  • You may submit multiple times
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but if a piece is withdrawn you will forfeit the submission fee
  • Include your name on the cover page, but please do not put your name or identifying information on the pages containing the piece itself
  • Please no submissions from colleagues, former students, or close acquaintances of the Contest Judge

First Prize: $350

Second Prize: $100

Third Prize: $50

Deadline: July 26th, 2020 Midnight Pacific Time

Winner Announced: The first or second week of September, 2020.

About the Judge: Nick Flynn has worked as a ship's captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults. He is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times best-selling memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. His most recent books are Stay: threads, conversations, collaborations (ZE Books, 2020) and I Will Destroy You (Graywolf, 2019) a collection of poems. He has received fellowships from (among other organizations): The Guggenheim Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Library of Congress. His work has won two PEN prizes, has been a finalist for France's Prix Femina, and has been translated into fifteen languages. Some of the venues his poems, essays, and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and NPR's This American Life. Since 2004 he has spent each spring in residence at the University of Houston, where he is a professor on the Creative Writing faculty, focused on poetry. Website:; Twitter: @_nick_flynn_.

The 2020 Atticus Review Flash CNF Contest, Judged by Nick Flynn 


If you've been previously published by Atticus Review we would love to hear about what has been happening in your writing career. Please let us know and we will include it in a monthly update on our blog.

*Please submit news in third person and attach an author photo.

The deadline for our next post is May 28th.

Send one piece 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.

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). 

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—for free!— something you spent hours honing, tweaking, editing, getting just right.

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