Written by Emily Harstone April 28th, 2022

Afternoon Visitor: Now Seeking Submissions

Afternoon Visitor is an online quarterly publication of poetry, hybrid text, visual poetry, and visual art. They are based in Iowa City and were founded in 2020.

They say that they are looking for “accidental visitors, harbingers, and spectres.” They also say, “We’re particularly interested in giving space to trans + queer writers in every issue.” They publish established and emerging writers and encourage experimental work including long form poetry, and sequences. They nominate work for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Their website is well organized and work is clearly presented. To get a feel for what they publish, you can read their current issue here.

They are currently open to submissions in all genres. Please review the guidelines closely before submitting via email.

They do not publish fiction or previously published work that has been published anywhere online, including social media. They do accept simultaneous submissions as long as you notify them if your work is accepted elsewhere. They try to respond to all submissions in three months.

Work should be submitted in one Word document or a PDF and your name must be in the document.

You can submit 3-8 poems (10 pages maximum) at a time. Hybrid work, including lyric essays must be no more than 3,000 words per piece, and you can send up to three short pieces, as long as the total word count isn’t over 5,000 words. Visual poetry can be up to 8 pages at a time. Visual art is up to 8 pieces at once.

Only submit to one category at a time, and wait at least two months after hearing a response, before submitting again.

Include a short third person bio, under 50 words, along with a brief cover letter. The subject line of the email must contain your name and the title of your submission. To learn more, go here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.


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