We are currently closed to submissions, while we reconsider our role in publishing today's voice. Please check back shortly for updates. -------- While our issues don't have themes, we're more likely to publish
work that is daring and energetic, and not afraid to say what needs to be said.
We're more focused on publishing voices—stories with characters that need to be
heard—that inform our times. We have several departments that make us unique,
and ultimately give the journal focus. They include: America Talks, Compassion
City, Voices of Endangered Species, Wisdomgrams, 1 Bookshelf, Author Book
Reviews, and more.
We believe in honoring work that speaks out, offers compassion,
seeks answers and solutions, rather than dwelling in a state of inertia and
inactivity. We also strive to entertain, and mostly share a diversity of
voices, past and present.
In addition to fiction, poetry, and essays, in a variety of genres including: literary; historical; teen; sci-fi & fantasy; magical realism; narrative of our elders; work from underrepresented groups; work with diversity;l; GLBTQX; Pagan/Wiccan, Buddhist, Taoist, Philosophical, and other spiritual themes; work from indigenous authors. We also accept the following:
America Talks: 1500-5500 word
essays that share the view from your window. What is going on in your
neighborhood, your patch of the world? What’s important to you to share about
the world? This is your microphone to talk about what's important to you. Honor
your right to free speech. Expats welcome. Also open to "Native America
Compassion City: We’re interested in stories that focus on the
compassionate side of people, animals, life, the world. Imagine if the world
were filled with compassion cities? Take the Charter for Compassion pledge. We
1 Bookshelf: Take a look at
your bookcase. Now one shelf. What story does it tell? Run your eyes over the
titles—when did a certain book come into your life? Who gave it to you? Consider
the memories attached to those books. Maybe you have a special shelf of books
you grew up with. Here is your chance to tell your story, and what those books
mean to you. Seeking 500-word essays. Easiest way to get publish in our
Author Book Reviews: We've all read a book review written by someone else.
We wanted to offer authors something different. We're seeking first-person
narratives (500-1200 words) that tell the reader something about why you wrote
the book, what it means to you, the inspiration behind it, perhaps a story that
put you on the road to writing it. The "author" book review
essentially describes the book, but in a more personal way. (See issues
for examples). We welcome tradition and self-published, as well as book
excerpts to print alongside your review. (For authors interested in further
promo, take advantage of our special
advertising rates. We create it for you.)
Voices of Endangered Species:
Welcome in fiction, poetry, and essay form. We ask writers to adopt one of the
many species facing near extinction and write about it through your art.
Through adoption, we hope to raise awareness on the enormous species loss
facing the planet, but also, to awaken and educate the reader on an area they
may otherwise not know much about. Judith Skillman's poem on Stellar's sea
cow is a beautiful example; it was also nominated and accepted to the Best of New England Anthology.
You can read it in Colossus. Richie
Swanson's, "River Sun Warblers" is a brilliant depiction of what
we're looking for. Read it in the Front
Porch issue. Wisdomgrams: Short
reflections. Can be a single line or a paragraph, but not much more than 500
words. We often publish prompts on our Warriors Wanted page. We believe everyone
has a piece of wisdom to share. If you could impart a piece of wisdom to
someone you love, a younger relative, a stranger, a friend or colleague, what
would you tell them? For General Guidelines:
*For writers looking for craft related services, please visit our Writers House,
where we offer manuscript and novel critiques, and a variety of workshops and
classes, (like the extremely popular, World Building).
We offer these at immensely affordable rates, not only to give back to writers,
but to provide a place to explore the craft of writing; (it's what we wish had
been available to us). Your support in turn helps to fund American
accept manuscripts from authors worldwide. In your query, go ahead and tell us
a little about yourself, why the piece is important to you.
Grant of rights:
Author grants first or reprint rights to American Athenaeum to publish in "Issue Name," and
only that issue, in print and electronically, worldwide.
Payment: Upon publication
authors/artists receive (1) an electronic (PDF) copy of the completed issue.
All authors are given self-promo time in their written bio, and are more than
welcome to submit an author review for published books. (2) You will also
receive one garden seed packet. We are currently saving and packaging organic
red, orange, and yellow pepper seeds. In accordance with our community-minded
efforts, we hope the seeds will help grow our world.
Thank you for your interest in American
Athenaeum. We are published by Sword & Saga Press. A small press, with
big friends like you--warriors wanted.