Atticus Review

Submit your short story, piece of flash, poem, essay, or mixed media creation via Submittable.


Note from the Poetry Editor

Please submit 3-5 poems through Submishmash. Simultaneous submissions are OK. We give serious consideration to every submission, whether or not we are familiar with the author’s work, and respond as quickly as possible. Understand that this is a subjective business; if your work isn’t selected, it’s not the end of the world (though as writers ourselves, we understand that it can feel that way).

In terms of style, our bias tends toward lyrical narrative poetry, though we’re definitely willing to read whatever–so long as it’s your best work! In other words, think of your poems less as sermons and more as snapshots. They can be shocking, serene, heartbreaking, elegant, savage, narrative, surreal–or all of the above.

Here are some poets we like, just to give you another hint as to what we’re looking for: James Wright, Tony Hoagland, Stephen Dobyns, Bob Hicok, Dorianne Laux, Sharon Olds, Mary Biddinger, Djelloul Marbrook, Charles Simic, Billy Collins, Jeannine Hall Gailey, James Valvis, Peter Davis, Elton Glaser, Rodney Jones, Allison Joseph, Donald Hall and many, many more.

What we DON’T like: poems that tell instead of show, that substitute shock value for depth or intellect for feeling, or that force a certain limited interpretation or philosophy on the reader rather than allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions.

Book Review Guidelines

Atticus Review is open to critical reviews of poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, novels, graphic novels, serials, etc. However, please avoid sending reviews of genre work (romance, sci-fi, etc.), technical books, and large publishing house books that will get plenty of promotion and notice otherwise.

We will consider two types of reviews: single-author reviews of 1,000-1,500 words and omnibus reviews of up to 3,500 words. In the interest of fairness and relative objectiveness, we ask that you disclose any relationship you have/had with the author. We want reviews that place work within a larger literary or cultural context, but also give close attention to craft. “Tough” reviews are welcome, but should be fair and not mere pan jobs.

The editor occasionally receives books for review. If you are open to reviewing one of these books, please feel free to contact Book Reviews Editor Michael B. Tager (MichaelBTager1 at gmail dot com.)

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