Submission Guidelines

AWP presents the best contemporary writing in its flagship magazine The Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on our website through The Writer’s Notebook, which includes short blog pieces on publishing, teaching, career advice, and other, related topics. Please do read these guidelines before submitting your work. The editors read submissions for The Writer’s Chronicle from February 1 through September 30 of each year. Submissions for The Writer’s Notebook are read throughout the year.

About The Writer’s Chronicle

A forum for the best writing on the craft and art of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, The Writer’s Chronicle serves a wide, diverse community of writers, students, teachers, and professionals. We strive to provide readers with insight and diverse perspectives on literature, creative writing, and teaching, as well as a respite from a difficult and lonely art. We also strive to support the good works of AWP, its programs, and its individual members by promoting community and engagement. The Writer’s Chronicle is also a resource for information on publishing opportunities, grants, awards, and writing conferences and retreats.

The editors look for articles that demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of literary issues and a generosity of spirit. Essays must embody erudition, curiosity, and discernment rather than self-involvement. Writers may refer to their own travails and successes if they do so modestly, and in small proportion to the other examples. Again, we look for a generosity of spirit—a general love and command of literature as well as an expert, writerly viewpoint—in the essays we publish.

What We Publish

Submissions to The Writer’s Chronicle may fall into one of the following categories:

Essays on the Craft of Writing: 2,500 to 5,000 words

All craft essays must analyze an element of creative writing. They should contain examples to illustrate the writerly advice they offer. Using more than one author to illustrate your analysis is recommended.

Interviews: 3,000 to 5,000 words

We feature interviews with well-known and up-and-coming authors in the genres of fiction, short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. In the past, we have published interviews with such authors as Nikki Finney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Vijay Seshadri, Gregory Pardlo, and many others. We especially appreciate interviews that include discussions of writing craft, the evolution of the author’s own work, and literary influences and inspirations. We prefer interviews that have been revised heavily in the interest of accuracy, concision, and style. We are interested in an interview that represents a writer as well as possible in a somewhat personable manner. We only publish interviews that have been approved in proofs by their subjects.

Profiles and Appreciations: 2,000 to 5,000 words

The Writer’s Chronicle will now also feature profiles and appreciations of contemporary writers that include a close reading of an author’s work and a description of the author’s contributions to our culture. You may include some personal anecdotes to portray the author more vividly, but mostly self-referential work will not be acceptable.

Please note that, alongside interviews and profiles, we publish excerpts from recently published or forthcoming work. We will ask that authors provide audio recordings of the excerpted work to accompany the interview or profile online.

What We Pay

We buy first serial rights and electronic rights for all manuscripts accepted for publication. We pay $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts. Authors are paid upon publication. We reserve the right to publish articles online as well as on The Writer’s Chronicle App.

To propose an essay or interview for consideration for The Writer’s Chronicle, please email Editor Supriya Bhatnagar at chronicle@awpwriter.org.

Suggested Teaching Guide

Do you use The Writer’s Chronicle in the classroom? 

If you teach creative writing and would like to incorporate materials from the latest Chronicle into your lesson plans, you will be pleased to hear that we will soon be offering on our website a Suggested Teaching Guide for each issue that we publish. Using The Writer’s Chronicle as a springboard, these short Suggested Teaching Guides will be a pedagogical resource for teachers of any and all genres, backgrounds, and experience levels, at colleges or community centers, to draw upon a deeper base of insights to make the classroom a more enriching, rewarding, and inclusive environment for all. Each Suggested Teaching Guide will help you as a teacher to take optimal advantage of each issue of the Chronicle.

At this time, AWP would welcome having a faculty member who is currently or soon facing review for tenure to build your resume while also helping us. We are looking for someone to assist us to develop a general (and short) template for this Suggested Teaching Guide, and to then use this template (once approved by us) to generate the first fully populated version, about 500–700 words, of a Suggested Teaching Guide. AWP will pay an honorarium of $200 for this template and first application. If you are interested and are up for tenure, do get in contact with us.

We will also be looking for other creative writing faculty to sign up for developing a Suggested Teaching Guide for each upcoming issue, and we’d love to hear from you. Once we have a list of interested persons whom we will assign to cover one or more Chronicle issues, AWP will pay an honorarium of $100 for each accepted edition of the Suggested Teaching Guide, using the new template.

If you are interested in being considered to develop a template, in writing a Suggested Teaching Guide for an upcoming issue, or if you have any questions about this opportunity, please send us an email at chronicle@awpwriter.org.


The Writer’s Notebook

Our blog hosts posts on publishing, teaching, pedagogy, career advice, choosing an agent, or the best creative writing program or conference, as well as commentary on current literary affairs. Please note that The Writer’s Notebook section of our site now includes posts that were formally published separately as Career Advice pieces or as Online-Only Exclusives.

Posts should be 1,000 to 2,000 words with the exception of articles on pedagogy, our Online-Only Exclusives, which can run between 3,000 and 4,000 words. 

We occasionally commission an author to write a sequence of three to six blog posts. To propose a series of posts, please submit the complete first post via our Submittable portal. Your cover letter must include your proposal for extending the series, which should indicate how many posts the series will consist of, what topics they will cover, and an outline of the series.

What We Pay

We pay $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts categorized as Career Advice or as Online-Only Exclusives. Any other pieces written for The Writer’s Notebook are paid $100 per piece. Authors are paid upon publication.


General Guidelines

We currently accept submissions via Submittable only. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but must be noted as such on your cover letter. We will try to respond within three months, though sometimes the ebb and flow of manuscripts extends our response time. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style to acknowledge your sources by using endnotes. Do not follow the MLA style. Previously published works are unacceptable. We will, however, publish an accepted work before or the same month it also appears in a book.


Permissions

If you quote a poem, song, or short-short story in its entirety, it is your responsibility to secure and pay for that permission. We recommend that you limit quotes to fair use and avoid quoting whole works, as many trade publishers charge high fees for permissions.


How to Submit Online

To submit online, visit our Submittable portal. Choose the appropriate category and enter your contact information. Please upload your submission as a single file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf formats. Include cover letter and bio information in the space provided on the submission form.

 
Editor Contact

Supriya Bhatnagar
Editor
chronicle@awpwriter.org

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submissions are accepted year-round for The Writer's Notebook. Submissions are accepted between February 1 and September 30 of each year for The Writer's Chronicle. Please consult our guidelines and submit via our Submittable portal or by post.