Get Published in AQR Literary Magazine | Alaska Quarterly Review

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.

The reading period for unsolicited submissions is August 15 to May 15.

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

About 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.



All manuscripts must be typed and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or an e-mail address for notification. Unless a SASE or e-mail address is enclosed with your submission, you will not hear from us unless we are interested in publishing your manuscript. Please include the following contact information in your cover letter and/or on your manuscript: mailing address, phone number, and email address if available.

Although we try to reply within 4 to 12 weeks, sometimes the review process takes longer.  If you do not hear from us after 4 weeks, do not hesitate to query us about the status of your manuscript.


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

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, however. In response we are now in the process of building additional editorial capacity to review on-line submissions beginning in the fall of 2019. Until then, we will review only hard copy submissions via post with SASE or with an e-mail address for electronic notification.