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We only consider unpublished work.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.
TO SUBMIT BOOKS TO REVIEW:
If you'd like for someone at Atticus Review to review your book, please email Book Reviews Editor Aditya Desai at email@example.com with the following information:
- Book Title
- Relevant Press Releases
- Author Links
- A Short Summary
Also, please understand that we can't say yes to every book we are pitched and we can't review every book we say yes to. We are a small, volunteer staff and while we love what we do, there are certain realities. If you wish to submit a book review you've already written, please include the review, pertinent information (such as author and publisher info) and why the review is a good fit for Atticus Review)
FOR 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
*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.
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. This is not the place to submit novels or
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—for free!—something you spent hours honing, tweaking, editing, getting just right. And we thank you.
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 stories.
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.
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.
The pieces should be nonfiction, and no longer than 1,500 words. We're very open to hybrid/experimental.
We are NOT looking for music reviews or liner notes. We are looking for personal reflections about a song. We want you to tie together music and meaning. While the piece can be about you or your life, try to bring in other cultural elements.
Here is one example of what we are looking for and here is another one.