ISSUES

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Photo: Nick Ballon
Design: Adly Elewa

ISSUE FOUR, FALL 2016

(Coming December 7, 2016)

Featuring:

An essay by Jerelle Kraus

Fiction by Amir Adam, Jekwu Anyaegbuna, and Olivia Parkes

Poems by Michael Brown Jr., Xava Nitzan De Cordova, Caitlin Dube, Tim Lavis, Maria Rosa Mills, Bryan Narendorf, Dennis O’Connell, Tim Robbins, Emily Sklar, Kevin Wood, Diana Woodcock, and Thomas Young

Art and photography by Kent Andreasen, Brian Arnold, Nathan Bajar, Nick Ballon, Elvert Barnes, Steven Beckly, Nick Boso, Parker Day, Maurice Van Es, McNair Evans, Jason Falchook, Nikita Gale, Jackie Gendel, Nicholas Gerber, Sandra Gramm, Harry Griffin, Harry Gould Harvey IV, Sarah Haug, Claudia Imbert, Zisis Kardianos, Cheryl Kelley, Arseni Khamzin, Adam Kremer, Jessica Labatte, Matthew C. Lange, Adam J Long, Charles Ludeke, Olaf Martens, Julian Master, Katie Vetter Miller, Nik Mirus, Aso Mohammadi, Sam Nixon, Tim Parchikov, Lucius Pax, John Francis Peters, Piotr Pietrus, Mimi Plumb, Annie Powers, Andrew Querner, Fabrizio Raschetti, Alexander Rotondo, Stephanie Salvi, Lina Scheynius, Heather Sten, Hagihara Takuya, Camille Vivier, Carolin Walch, and Alba Yruela

Limited print edition.
Full color.
5.5 x 8.5 in. 224 pages.
ISSN 2378-2560 (print)
ISSN 2378-2579 (online)

ISSUE THREE

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Photo: Matthew Bradley
Design: Adly Elewa

ISSUE TWO

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Photo: Jason Fulford
Design: Adly Elewa

ISSUE ONE

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Photo: Rick Erfmann
Design: Adly Elewa

ABOUT

American Chordata is a biannual magazine of bright voices in fiction, nonfiction essay, and poetry, as well as art and photography. We are founded on the belief that a good literary magazine can celebrate sophisticated design and earnest expression on the same page. We seek to publish work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed.

Each issue of American Chordata is published simultaneously online and in print. While we hope you’ll support the magazine by purchasing a print edition or yearly subscription, the online editions (PDFs) are, and will always be, free to read, download, print, and share.

ISSN 2378-2560 (print)
ISSN 2378-2579 (online)

EDITOR

Ben Yarling

 

ART DIRECTOR

Bobby Doherty

FICTION EDITORS

Alison Lewis
Zach Fruit
Ryan Harrington
Matthew Hitchman
Rebecca Shaughnessy
Liza Sweeney

POETRY EDITORS

Zach Fruit
Rebecca Shaughnessy
Rachel Stuart

 

NONFICTION EDITORS

Justin Cahill
Emma Berry
Quynh Do
Melanie Tortoroli

DESIGNER

Adly Elewa

 

PUBLISHER

Alice Rha

LOVE & ACCLAIM

Stack Awards for Independent Magazines

ACColophon
2015
Winner of “Best Original Fiction”
Special Commendation for “Launch of the Year”

2016
Special Commendation for “Best Original Fiction”
Special Commendation for “Best Original Nonfiction”

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American Chordata seeks short works of original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We have no formal word limits or stylistic constraints but look for work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed.

We also welcome art and photography submissions.

We’re always open for submissions, but response times will be rather slow when we’re not in an active reading period. We hope you’ll forgive us for that!

We are currently accepting submissions for Issue Five. The deadline to be considered for Spring 2017 publication is January 1, 2017.

For more information about how to submit, see our submission guidelines below.

Please read these guidelines closely.

Submission Guidelines

Please send us only finished work that you really believe in.

In the effort to shorten our response times, we are now accepting submissions through Submittable.
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Please include a short autobiographical note with your submission.

At this time we are only accepting online submissions. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions must be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt formats. We welcome art and photography submissions in the form of low-resolution jpegs or links at which we can find the work online.

Please submit no more than 2 works of prose at a time, and no more than 5 works of poetry, art, or photography (3 if the poems are longish).

We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can, but allow up to 12 weeks for a response during reading periods.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we hope you’ll let us know if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

If accepted for publication, we ask for first serial rights to publish and distribute your story, essay, or poem(s) in the English language, in print and electronic formats, throughout the world. You will receive a gratis copy of the issue in which you are published.

We are a small, independent magazine and regret that we cannot offer compensation for publication at this time.

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We make it simple to become an official stockist by offering resale bundles of 5, 10, or 25 copies at deeply discounted prices.

American Chordata is a biannual magazine of bright voices in fiction, nonfiction essay, and poetry, as well as art and photography. We are founded on the belief that a good literary magazine can celebrate sophisticated design and earnest expression on the same 5.5 by 8.5 page. We offer a venue for work that’s brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed. You can read more about us on magCulture and Stack, or in a good ‘ol search engine.

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American Chordata is a small, independent, and unfunded magazine dedicated to promoting the work of writers and artists. Charitable contributions can be made via PayPal at the link below. All donations will be used to fund future issues of the magazine.

Thank you for your support!