Written by Ella Peary December 1st, 2022

Armstrong Literary: Now Seeking Submissions

Armstrong Literary is an online journal published by the The Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation program. They aim to showcase a diverse range of voices, “a multiplicity of cultures, languages, and experiences.”  They also aim to push the boundaries of language by featuring hybrid and experimental writing alongside other literary work. And to further broaden their reach, they publish translations too, as well as novel excerpts.

Armstrong Literary was launched in 2018, and since then they’ve published one online edition each year. Each issue contains work from around a dozen contributors. You can read the journal online to get a sense of what they publish.

Now through December 15, Armstrong Literary is accepting submissions for their Spring 2023 edition. Poets may submit up to three poems totaling six pages or fewer. Authors of prose may submit one piece, 5,000 words or fewer. Armstrong Literary accepts short stories, self-contained novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction pieces.

Authors of hybrid writing may submit up to six pages, or up to five minutes of video or audio. They’re interested in experimental pieces that blend genres and break rules: “Think: a creative non-fiction piece where each word is separated by a hyphen, videopoetry, visual poetry, spoken word, interpretative dance performance of a short story, the melding of literature and music, etc.”

Armstrong Literary also accepts English translations of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid writing. They accept translations of writing in any language.

Armstrong Literary accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

Armstrong Literary only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Armstrong Literary, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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