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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Apple Valley Review submission guidelines

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The Apple Valley Review is an online literary journal.  It is published twice each year, once in spring and once in fall.  Each issue features a collection of beautifully crafted poetry, short fiction, and essays.

We welcome submissions of poetry, short fiction, and essays.
—Submissions are accepted year-round.
—We prefer work that has both mainstream and literary appeal.  In other
words, please send us work that is both accessible and finely written.
—All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English.
Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.
—Prose submissions may range from approximately 100 to 4,000 words.
Shorter pieces stand a better chance of being published, but we are not strict
about word counts and will read and consider slightly longer work.      
—Novel excerpts must be self-contained.
—Preference is given to short (under two pages), non-rhyming poetry.
—This is not currently a paying market.  However, all work published in
the Apple Valley Review during a given calendar year will be considered
for the annual Apple Valley Review Editor’s Prize.  From 2006 to 2019,
the prize was $100 and a gift of a book of poetry, fiction, or essays.

We are very picky here.  Please do not send us
—true genre fiction (though literary pieces with genre elements are welcome);
—work that is scholarly or critical, inspirational, or intended for children;
—erotica or work containing explicit language; or
—anything that is particularly violent or disturbing.

Please note that these are purely editorial preferences.  Work that is not a fit here may be perfect for another market.    

Send submissions via e-mail to Leah Browning, Editor.
—Send up to three prose pieces or up to six poems at a time.
—Include the word “fiction,” “poetry,” or “essay” in your subject line.
—Type or paste your submission into the body of a single e-mail message.
(Please disregard any difficulties with font or formatting that arise after
pasting the text.)  We will not open any unsolicited attachments.
—Include a cover letter with your name, mailing address, e-mail address,
and a short biography.

Please expect to wait up to two months for a reply.  Occasionally with e-mail, there are technical difficulties.  We cannot be responsible for delay or loss of submissions.

To submit, or to check on the status of your submission after two months have passed, please send a message to our editor at editor(at)

If your work is accepted for publication, we may ask you to send it to us as a Word attachment.  This is more likely with prose than with poetry.

By submitting your work to the Apple Valley Review, you grant us first serial
rights and the right to archive your work online for an indefinite period of
time.  As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for
awards or recognition.  You retain all other rights.  

Once the issue featuring your work has been published, you are free to republish your work as you wish, online and/or in print.  Any subsequent publication should note that your work was first published in the Apple Valley Review.

You are also welcome to create a link to the Apple Valley Review
( from your personal website.

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