Submission Guidelines

Armstrong Literary’s submission period will open mid-October of 2022. Please watch this space for the exact dates. 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.

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

In the submission email subject line please include: Title, genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, hybrid, play, comic, 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 and websites).

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

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