SAN FEDELE PRESS ANNOUNCES:
AMERICAN WRITERS REVIEW: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS AND CONTEST ENTRIES FOR 2020 ISSUE
For our 2020 issue: We welcome submissions of previously unpublished poems, short stories, creative non-fiction, art, and photography, and welcome contributions from anywhere in the world. Our recent issues have featured contributions from England, Scotland, Australia as well as the United States.
If your piece has appeared in an online or print journal, it is not "unpublished." Publication on your personal blog may be all right, but we suggest you try to explore a new aspect of the piece for our journal. Submissions can be sent to us through our Online Submission Manager. We will not accept emailed or snail mailed submissions.
Please do not include identifying information on your submissions, except in the section of the submission manager marked “cover letter.” If we see identifying information anywhere else, we will disqualify your submission and not refund your fee.
Follow the instructions on the submission page carefully.
The contest is open all writers, of any experience level. Written entries must be in English, double-spaced in Word or RTF format, Art and photography must be in JPEG format, 200-300 dpi, suitable for black and white reproduction.
Regular submissions will be accepted from September 1, 2019, to March 2020. We charge a small reading fee of $5 to defray our costs. Payment is in contributor's copies.
Contest submissions will only be accepted until December 30, 2019. We have increased our cash prize $250, based on the judges' scores. There is a $15 fee to defray our costs.
For both contest and regular submissions, we are looking for previously unpublished work, well-written with a human sensibility. Excerpts are acceptable, but they must work as stand alone pieces. We reserve the right to edit for punctuation, sense and length.
Few things are complete turn-offs, but porn, excessive gore, and gratuitous violence are a few. Work aimed at a children's audience is likewise not a good fit for us.
All authors grant first serial rights.
Again, submissions must be in English, double-spaced, in Word or RTF format.
Simultaneous submissions: Of course you do it. Everyone does it. Just let us know as soon as you can if you have been accepted elsewhere.
If you want to enter a piece in the contest and as a regular submission, you are, of course, free to do so.
Any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit only one story at a time. American Writers Review seeks distinctive, character-driven stories of 2500 or fewer words. While we are not dogmatic about genre, we do not want porn, children’s fiction, or things that will make us retch without a really good reason.
Flash Fiction (500 or fewer words) is welcome. Three flash pieces can be submitted at once, but mark your submission as flash in the title line.
Submit no more than three poems at a time. While we do not have a strict word limit for poetry, we do not encourage you to submit epics (think “The Illiad”) or multi part structures (“Spoon River Anthology” is many poems, not one). Also, please note that we publish in 6"x9" format. If your poems do not fit that format, consider how they can be accommodated.
Submit only one work at a time. We welcome submissions in personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, and experimental nonfiction. We prefer submissions shorter than 2500 words.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND OTHER ART GUIDELINES:
While the journal will be printed in black and white, you are welcome to submit color and black and white photographs and digital copies of drawings and paintings. Please read the submission guidelines carefully before submitting.
The world is in turmoil. Many of us are in distress about our families, our own health, our jobs, and savings.
We can't fix that. We do have a suggestion. Share your thoughts and creativity in work involving Covid-19. Are you going slowly stir crazy? Have you found a way to escape? Can you imagine a future with this new normal?
We at American Writers Review would like to encourage you to share your thoughts and your art. We will publish the best pieces in our 2020 issue. We may publish some on our web site. Let us know if you have any issues about either.
Guidelines are simple: short(ish). We will read everything, but prefer 1500 words or fewer. Any genre - prose, poetry, art, photography, flash - Any locale, any point of view. English, only, please. Please do not submit anything that had been published before - anywhere. That includes on personal web sites, as well as social media, online journals and in print. We are being inundated with material, and would like to use only what has not been published before.
The fee? Nada. Nothing. $0. Donations are welcome, of course, but this one's on us.
In your title, indicate if you are submitting Art, Photograph, Fiction, Non-Fiction or Poetry.
Fiction: Submit only one story at a time. We prefer distinctive, character-driven stories of 2500 or fewer words. While we are not dogmatic about genre, we do not want porn, children’s fiction or things that will make us retch without a really good reason.
Non-Fiction: Submit only one work at a time. We welcome submissions in personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, and experimental nonfiction. We prefer submissions shorter than 2500 words.
Poetry: Submit no more than three poems at a time. While we do not have a strict word limit for poetry, we do not encourage you to submit epics (think “The Illiad”) or multi part structures (“Spoon River Anthology” is many poems, not one). If submitting multiple poems, please put them in a single document, and indicate where each ends. Include all titles in the "title" field, separated by commas or semi-colons.
Photography and Other Art: We are pleased to accept submissions of black and white and color photography, and digital copies of drawings and paintings. Please understand that your work will be printed in black and white, and submit accordingly. You work should be between 200-300 dpi, optimally.
Understand that minuscule files will print badly and huge ones will irritate us unnecessarily. If your art is an integral part of a written submission which has already been submitted, please email us at email@example.com, and we can discuss a waiver of the fee for your art.