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African American Review

Literary Magazine





African American Review is a scholarly aggregation of insightful essays on African American literature, theatre, film, the visual arts, and culture; interviews; poetry; fiction; and book reviews.

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  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Nonfiction - 8500 words max

Max words: 6000

Max words: 8500

Max pieces: 1

Critical essays: "If yours is an essay whose subject is art or film, we strongly urge that you include images to the extent possible. Images should not exceed seven in number and should be appropriately captioned and credited." Forgotten Manuscripts: "Because so much of African American literary, print, and cultural production remains unknown or ignored, and so much scholarly attention remains devoted to the most canonical texts and topics of the heritage, the journal will publish short occasional essays (1,500-3,500 words) that introduce and contextualize short excerpts (3,000-5,000 words) from manuscripts neglected but noteworthy to African Americanists in diverse academic disciplines as well as to readers generally interested in African Americana. While we do not demand originals, authors must submit, at the very least, facsimiles of the document(s) under discussion."

Fiction - 3500 words max

Max words: 1500

Max words: 3500

Max pieces: 1


Max pieces: 6

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    Creators from a specific location / ethnic group

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    "Our submission queue will be closed from May 1, 2023 to September 15, 2023 for first-time submissions. Authors who have revised and are resubmitting manuscripts will still be able to use Manuscript FastTrack." "Authors may submit either one work of short fiction or as many as six poems, but upon submitting an essay at one submission per author, you may submit no creative work."

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    Editor Nathan L. Grant avatar

    Nathan L. Grant


    Editor Aileen M. Keenan avatar

    Aileen M. Keenan

    Managing Editor

    Editor Paul Devlin avatar

    Paul Devlin

    Book Review Editor

    Editor Houston A. Baker, Jr. avatar

    Houston A. Baker, Jr.

    Associate Editor

    Editor Keith Byerman avatar

    Keith Byerman

    Associate Editor

    Editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. avatar

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    Associate Editor