Writer’s Guidelines

Alaska Quarterly Review is a literary journal devoted to contemporary literary art, publishing fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. It is published by the University of Alaska Anchorage in partnership with the Center for the Narrative and Lyric Arts. The editors encourage new and emerging writers, while continuing to publish award winning and established writers.

Submissions

The editors invite submissions of fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary nonfiction in traditional and experimental styles:

FICTION: Short stories and novel excerpts in traditional and experimental styles (generally not exceeding 50 pages).

POETRY: Poems in traditional and experimental styles but no light verse (up to 20 pages).

DRAMA: Short plays in traditional and experimental styles (generally not exceeding 50 pages).

PROSE: Literary nonfiction in traditional and experimental styles (generally not exceeding 50 pages).

PHOTO ESSAYS: Query us before submitting.

Please include the following contact information in your cover letter and/or on your manuscript: mailing address, phone number, and email address if available.

Please include the following contact information in your cover letter and/or on your manuscript:

  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Instructions

All manuscripts must be typed and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Unless a SASE is enclosed with your submission, you will not hear from us unless we are interested in publishing your manuscript. We try to reply within six to 16 weeks.

Correspondence

All general correspondence should be addressed to The Editors. Please address submissions indicating the genre of your submission (e.g. ‘Fiction Editor,” “Poetry Editor,” “Non-Fiction Editor,” or “Drama Editor”) at the following address:

Alaska Quarterly Review
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive (ESH 208)
Anchorage, AK 99508

Important Notes

  • Unsolicited manuscripts are read between August 15 and May 15.
  • Although we respond to e-mail queries, we cannot review electronic submissions.
  • We review simultaneous submissions and request that they be identified as such in the cover letter.

Submit Online

We plan to have online submissions available via Submittable in the future. Until then, AQR will continue to review only hard copy submissions as described in the center section of this page titled Submissions.