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submission guidelines

Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome. However, we are unable to enter into correspondence with writers about their manuscripts.

Publication schedule: We publish about two times a year. As soon as we have enough good material we publish an issue.

Be nice to us: We try to send a reply in 8 months, but sometimes we get bogged down. This is especially true when we are going to press. Your manuscript is one of hundreds, and we try to read every one. All our editors are volunteers; so if you don't hear from us, feel free to ask about the status of your manuscript, but be polite.

Do we mind simultaneous submissions? No. You're crazy if you don't send simultaneous submissions. In fact, we think that editors who forbid simultaneous submissions can't possibly be writers. Just drop us a line if you've sent us a story or poem that has been taken by another magazine.

S.A.S.E.s: Always send a stamped self-addressed envelope with your submission. Send copies and keep the originals of your manuscript. We will send you a reply and recycle your manuscript unless you clearly request otherwise.

Cover letters: If you choose to write a cover letter, mention a few of your previous publications if you have published before. However, don't be discouraged if you haven't published, we are always looking for work by talented unpublished writers.

Fiction: Send only one story (more are acceptable only if the stories are very short.) Stories should be typed, double-spaced, and proofread, and no more than 18 pages doublespaced. Don't send manuscripts of novels or short story collections. We do like to see chapters of novels, but they have to work on their own.

Poetry: Send no more than 3-5 poems, double or single-spaced. Don't send book manuscripts.

Creative non-fiction: We are delighted to publish interestingly written non-fiction pieces on any subject. We are not looking for journalism, scholarly writing, or book reviews.

Distribution: AR has national distribution and subscribers in all fifty states, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Payment: two copies.

Rights: All future rights belong to the individual authors or artists.

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