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.
  • We review simultaneous submissions and request that they be identified as such in the cover letter.

Online Pilot Submission Process Is Closed

We express gratitude for all who submitted their work and participated in Alaska Quarterly Review’s pilot test of the online submission process employing Submittable. We are glad that Submittable opened AQR to so many new voices.  The volume of submissions was 3 times more than we expected. We hope to institute an on-line submission process in the fall of 2018 or spring of 2019 in order to have a time during each yearly reading period in which we review electronic submissions. For the remainder of this reading period (through May 15, 2018) we will review only hard copy submissions via post with SASE or with an e-mail address for electronic notification.