Written by Ella Peary September 7th, 2023

The Afterpast Review: Now Seeking Submissions

The Afterpast Review is an online feminist magazine led by youth and dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices. Although they accept writing from authors of all ages and genders, they especially hope to celebrate and uplift the voices of girls and young women from around the world. Most authors published in The Afterpast Review are under 30. You can get a sense of what they publish by reading past issues online.

The Afterpast Review was founded in California, but it’s grown to include contributors from over 21 states and 16 countries. They publish writing on a broad range of topics, but their feminist mission is woven throughout: “We hope to learn from the past, cherish the present, and create a better future where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We will empower today’s youths to create such a change.”

In keeping with this mission, The Afterpast Review is divided into three sections: The Past, which includes historical fiction, fables, myths, and fantasy writing; The Present, which includes creative nonfiction, narrative writing, poetry, and drama; and The Future, which includes science fiction and dystopian fiction. But submissions don’t need to fit neatly into one of these categories to be considered.

Poets may submit up to 5 poems, 200 lines or fewer. Authors of prose may submit up to three pieces, 5,000 words or fewer total. The Afterpast Review accepts a wide range of prose including flash writing, fantasy, magical realism, science fiction, and creative nonfiction. They also accept scripts of dramas, 10 pages or fewer.

The Afterpast Review also invites authors to submit blog articles. Authors may submit up to two guest blog posts, 3,000 words or fewer each.

Submitting authors can usually expect a response very quickly, within 24 hours, although sometimes it can take up to one week. All authors will receive editorial feedback on their submissions. They are open to submissions year round.

The Afterpast Review does accept previously published writing. Authors should note previously published work in a cover letter and should credit the original publisher.

The Afterpast Review accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere.

The Afterpast Review 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 The Afterpast Review, 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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