General Submissions
Alexandria Quarterly is looking for previously unpublished poetry, short fiction (up to 1000 words), creative nonfiction, essays and excerpts from longer works in any style and any theme. We do recommend that you check out past issues to see what we publish, though we're pretty open to all forms of creative expression.
Please include a short bio (up to three sentences) and your current contact information in the cover letter section of the submission form.
For poetry, please submit 2-5 poems per submission. Submit via our Submittable page, here.

General Submissions are on hold until January 2020. Please consider submitting to our First Line Poetry Series Contest (guidelines below). If you submitted before September 7th, 2019, your submission has been recieved and is being read by the editors. Thanks!

Because we are a small organization and are lucky to receive many submissions, please understand that it may take time for us to have the opportunity to read your work. But know that we respect your submission and we try to respond as quickly as possible.

Art Submissions
Alexandria Quarterly also seeks previously unpublished artwork including paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed media, as well as music and video projects.
Please submit up to five images with 300 dpi or one video or audio file per submission. Include a short bio in the cover letter section of the submission form. Submit via Submittable here.

AQ's Mad & Moonly (formerly Emerging Artists & Writers series)
Alexandria Quarterly's Emerging Artists & Writers series is now it's very own literary magazine. Mad & Moonly (named after the line in the E.E. Cummings poem ["love is more thicker than forget"]) seeks to promote the work of creative people ages 13 to 17 years old. Please follow the general submission guidelines, but submit you work, in any genre or medium, here.

Mad & Moonly submissions are on hold until January 2020. Please consider submitting to our First Line Poetry Series Contest (guidelines below). If you submitted before September 7th, 2019, your submission has been recieved and is being read by the editors. Thanks!

Please limit your submissions to two per month.

First Line Poetry Contest Series

AQP is running a series of contests (a total of 4 calls) that challenge poets to compose an original work that incorporates a first line from a poem by a well-known poet. The line you must use will be announced in each call. Our first call (Call #1) begins now:

Compose an original poem that includes the following line from “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” by William Carlos Williams: This plot of ground

Your poem does not have to start with the line (though it can), it just has to appear somewhere in your work. (Please be sure to read the original poem! Your poem can reflect some of the meaning, tone, or voice of the original but does not have to.)

The next three calls will be announced in October, November and December.

The winning poems and finalists for each call will be published in a print anthology, out in 2020. One winning poem in each call will be awarded $50 and two additional copies of the print anthology.

Please submit 1-2 poems of any style for Call #1 by September 30, 2019. Submission fee of $5. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us as soon as possible if your poem has been accepted elsewhere. Previously published poems are not acceptable. Submit here.

A Note on Submission Fees
There is a $2 submission fee in all categories except The Emerging Artists & Writers category. AQ derives no profit from these fees. They help sustain our independent journal and are used to cover the costs of this endeavor. They are also used to promote and support young artists and writers through the Carolyn Hall Young Emerging Artists & Writers Award from Alexandria Quarterly, an award that has been given every year since we launched in 2014. So far, we have had the honor of delivering a monetary prize to three young artists and writers and one finalist. We hope to continue to for years to come.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact

In the case of all submissions, Alexandria Quarterly acknowledges that you are the author or artist of the submitted work. Upon acceptance, this journal acquires First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights of the work, both of which will revert to the author or artist upon publication. In the event that any work published in this journal is later republished in an anthology, a collection, or another journal, the author or artist agrees to credit Alexandria Quarterly.


We’ve teamed up with the literary project, Prolitfic,

a free online writing platform for fiction writers serious about improving their stories and readers interested in discovering fresh works. A key feature on the site is the quality, actionable feedback provided by users and professional partners (authors, publishers, and editors.) For writers, they also provide data analytics that track audience demographics and where readers stop reading. A very cool project from the students at the University of Texas at Austin. We’re happy to work them. With the submitters’ permission, we’ll be sending any submissions of fiction that don’t make it into AQ over to Prolitfic so that the work can receive supportive, thoughtful feedback.