Submission Guidelines

Reading Period 
For issue #3 of The Avenue, our theme is SOUTHERN. How you address this theme is up to you, but you can explore many, many different paths:

We want sweet and not-so-sweet. We want 2016 and antebellum. We want culture. We want food. We want geography. We want celebration and criticism. We want to be challenged, we want to be respected.

We suggest that you not simply place the piece in the South and call it a day. Stretch the limits.

Submissions are OPEN until September 1, 2016.

Diverse Voices
As a Mid-Atlantic journal that prizes community, we encourage and welcome submissions from diverse voices. We would love to see our inbox filled with submissions from traditionally marginalized and/or underrepresented writers. Writers with disabilities, LGBTQ writers, writers of color: all are welcome.

Simultaneous vs. Multiple Submissions
Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as they are identified as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Multiple genres within one submission is okay, so long as the submission abides to the 5,000 word limit, described below. Please note: within multiple genre submissions, the editors reserve the right to publish one genre over another.

Cover Letters
Don’t worry about ’em! Give us whatever you want. Just include a short bio (up to 100 words).

Manuscript Guidelines

  • Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.
  • Numbered pages.
  • Fiction and nonfiction: No more than 5,000 words. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.
  • Poetry: Submit up to five poems in the same document.
  • Carefully copy-edit and proof your work. We’re not against a typo or two, or even an occasion of their/they’re/there. However, do the courtesy of proofing your work. We’re a small staff and copy-editing should be done as much as possible prior to submission.
  • Please be thematically sound. We have a theme and we want you to relate to it in some way. We want it to be inventive and creative, but it can’t be tenuous.
  • Strive to be inoffensive. We’re not against harsh language, sexuality, a depiction of the real world or offensive subject matter. Characters and situations can be racist/sexist/gender-ist/any kind of ist, but a piece that is any of those will not be included.
  • Unsolicited criticism is not considered.

We do not reprint previously published work.

To submit, please email In the subject line, indicate genre and title (e.g. Fiction Submission- Title of Piece)

  • Attach your submission as a Word (.doc, .docx) or rich-text format (.rtf) file. No .Pages, .txt, .pdf or Open Office Documents.
  • Upload only one file containing your submission.
  • Do not Google-share your document.
  • Do not copy/paste into the body of the email

Submit by Mail
We greatly prefer digital submissions, but if you really, really (like, really) want/need to mail your submission, email the editors before you do so. Unsolicited work sent directly to an editor’s home or office will be ignored and discarded. Also, we might be creeped out because how did you get our address?

Notifications and Queries
Early submissions will be responded to faster than later ones. Feel free to query after one month has passed.

Please include

  • Your name.
  • The date, genre, and title of the submission.

Contributor Honorarium
At The Avenue, we believe that artists should be paid for their work. However, as we are a new journal, we can only offer a token payment, paid upon publication:

  • $10 per long-form prose
  • $5 per short-form prose (up to 1000 words)
  • $5 per poem, up to $10 total
  • Free .pdf version of The Avenue
  • Reduced cost for print version

Thank you 
We are thrilled you’re considering our lit journal and we can’t wait to read your work.