Submission Guidelines

Armstrong Literary is currently open for submissions! We accept fiction, creative non-fiction, translation, poetry, hybrid, and visual art submissions.

Armstrong Literary‘s submission period for the Spring 2023 issue will run from October 15th, 2022, until December 15th, 2022.  We are interested in work that push boundaries –– on an emotional level as well as a linguistic one –– poems, stories, translations, and fragments that scatter, ground, croon, and devastate.

In keeping with the cross-genre nature of our journal, Armstrong Literary is now accepting submissions in a new genre for our Spring 2023 issue: Visual Art!

For prose submissions, submit one (1) short story or one (1) self-contained novel excerpt or creative non-fiction piece of no more than 5,000 words in one single file in doc., rtf, or .pdf format.

For poetry submissions, submit up to three (3) poems totaling no more than six (6) pages in one single file in doc., rtf, or .pdf format. We may choose to publish one or all of the poems.

For hybrid submissions, submit work that redefine the meaning of literature, pieces that transcend genres and mediums, texts that aren’t afraid to experiment and break the rules. Think: a creative non-fiction piece where each word is separated by a hyphen, videopoetry, visual poetry, spoken word, interpretative dance performance of a short story, the melding of literature and music, etc. For video or audio recordings, submit work totaling no more than 5 minutes. For everything else, submit work totaling no more than 6 pages.

For translation submissions, submit the following:
  • Your translation into English, following the word/page limits appropriate to the genre of your submission (prose, poetry, hybrid) in one single file in doc., rtf, or .pdf format. Prose excerpts should be self-contained.
  • The original text/work in one single file
  • A statement from the rightsholder confirming availability of the English-language rights
  • Brief author and translator bios in the body of your email

For art submissions, submit a portfolio of 5-7 high-resolution pieces (jpg. .png .zip). Since “art” is highly subjective, we aren’t looking for anything of a specific style or medium. Just like our literary side, we want pieces that push boundaries on an emotional level–art that scatters, grounds, croons, and devastates us.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

In the submission email subject line please include: Title, genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, hybrid, art, or translation), and word count. In the body include an author bio.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We’re seeking first-time rights, but all of the rights revert back to the author upon publication. Should your piece be picked up again we ask that you acknowledge that we published it first.

We do not accept previously published material (this includes personal blogs, social media accounts, and websites).

With the exception of Art, current Queens College MFA students are not allowed to submit Armstrong Literary in any category. We will automatically pass on your submission.

We also like to note that we welcome work in all languages. However, if a majority of your piece is not written in English, please include a translation of the non-English portion(s) of the piece. This is an accessibility consideration for the editors, and not an attempt to privilege the English language.

Submit your work and inquiries to: armstrongliterary@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest in Armstrong Literary. We’re excited to read your work!

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