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Regular Submissions Open

The Arts & Letters Regular Submission Period is open August 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021.

We Accept Unsolicited Submissions of:

  • Poetry: 4-6 poems per submission (suggested)
  • Fiction: manuscripts up to 25 pages
  • Flash Fiction: 1-3 pieces per submission up to 1,000 words each
  • Creative Nonfiction: manuscripts up to 25 pages

General Submission Guidelines:

  • Send only one submission per genre at any one time. (In other words, submitting a short story and an essay at the same time is fine, but please wait to hear from us before submitting another story.)
  • All submissions must be typed and all prose double-spaced.
  • Average notification time for acceptance is 8-12 weeks.
  • Upload each entry as one document. We accept doc, docx, txt, pdf and rtf files.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine; just please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • To withdraw only part of your submission (such as a single poem), log into Submittable, go to “My Submissions,” click on your submission to Arts & Letters, and send us a message explaining which part of your submission you are withdrawing.
  • Although you may withdraw your submission at any time, the fee is nonrefundable.

NOTE: We no longer accept print submissions. Print submissions will be recycled without response. 

Why the fee?

Online submissions are quick, easy, and efficient. For the convenience of online submission we charge a $3 fee (about the cost of submitting by post), part of which goes to support the online platform. The rest directly supports the journal’s editorial and production costs (including contributor payment).

Meet the 2015 A&L Prizes Nonfiction Judge

It is a privilege to have Barbara Hurd as the judge for the Arts & Letters Journal nonfiction prize this year.

Barbara is the recipient of a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award and Pushcart Prizes in 2004 and 2007. She teaches creative writing in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Ms. Hurd has published several award-winning books, including: Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains, Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark, a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year, Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001, and The Singer’s Temple, winner of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Award.

We are honored to have an author as esteemed as Ms. Hurd serve as this year’s nonfiction judge. Read more about Barbara and her work on her website.

We Want The Best American Essays

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We’re very excited to announce that we’re now nominating for The Best American EssaysArts & Letters wants to contribute to the pioneering work of this anthology in the ever-innovating genre of Creative Nonfiction. By submitting to Arts & Letters, you open yourself up to the possibility of nomination after publication!

If the American short story really came into its recognizable form around a hundred years ago, then the American essay has just started taking form the last 30 years. The Best American Essays has been at the helm of this development since the beginning (1986). The contemporary essay is carefully crafted, illuminating, and often uses natural language that appeals to a general audience.

The Best American Essays prefers fully-developed works which use form flexibly and intuitively—to the extent the content demands. Since today’s essay, as a genre, is still in its infancy, we see a high variety of form and voice and perspective. It’s an exciting time to be writing essays and The Best American Essays is consistently promoting a definition and creating a standard for what the essay is, what it accomplishes, and how it looks.