We welcome submissions of short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young adults, craft essays, book reviews, and artwork. Please read the submission guidelines before submitting.
Our submissions period runs from August 15th through December 15th; unsolicited work received outside of this time frame will be discarded. Our turnaround time is typically four to five months.
Appalachian Heritage accepts original, unpublished work that is rooted in and/or captures the spirit of Appalachia. Potential authors need not be from the region but should instead exhibit a connection to and/or a deep understanding of Appalachia and its people.
We are not interested in stereotypical portrayals of the region. Instead, we are particularly looking for writing that expands the notion of what it means to be Appalachian or connected to the region.
We accept submissions via Submittable. We do not accept submissions by post or email.
Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. However, please notify us promptly if that submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Please submit only one short story or essay, and up to five poems, at a time. Multiple submissions will be discarded.
Cover letters should be simple and straightforward, including a word count, the genre of the submission, and a short (two to three sentences) biography. As we choose manuscripts based on the strength of the writing alone, there is no need for a lengthy explanation or CV.
Fiction: Please submit a double-spaced manuscript in 12-point font limited to 7,500 words. We welcome work that is well crafted and tells a good story, with characters and prose that will linger in the minds of our readers long after they have finished reading. “Good stories do not resolve the mysteries of the human spirit but rather describe and expand upon those mysteries, “ novelist Tim O’Brien says. We concur.
We do not publish genre fiction (fantasy, mystery, crime, science fiction). These will be automatically discarded.
Creative Nonfiction: Please submit a double-spaced manuscript in 12-point font limited to 7,500 words. We are seeking both traditional and experimental essays, including personal (nature, environmental, and travel essays), memoirs, lyric, meditative, and literary journalism. Good essays will feature an original voice that is rooted in engaging language and a multi-layered story. We agree with the essayist Robert Vivian, who notes, “Writing about what a person actually sees, feels, and experiences as a human being in this world is relevant, important, sometimes even revelatory as a way to make sense of oneself and others and that this is inherently worth doing.”
We do not publish local color writing (i.e. “Papaw was perfect” and “Mamaw was a saint”). Creative nonfiction is a serious genre and we want hard-hitting, innovative, moving prose.
We are typically not interested in scholarly articles that are overburdened with footnotes, but welcome the occasional piece of literary criticism.
Poetry: Please submit one to five poems at a time in 12-point font. We are looking for poetry that is truly original, of nearly any aesthetic bent, that captures something that simply can’t be expressed any other way. We want poems that teach us something new, that move us to laughter or tears, that “require [us] to pay attention to the process of imagination and discover the sense of its mystery,” as Pulitzer Prize-finalist poet Maurice Manning says.
Young Adult: Please submit a double-spaced manuscript in 12-point font limited to 7,500 words. We publish YA and YA crossover work that is intelligent, creative, and shows a slice of the adolescent and human experience to which people of all ages can relate.
Craft Essays: Please submit a double-spaced manuscript in 12-point font limited to 3,500 words on the subject of literary craft. We are interested in short or long essays from both established and emerging writers that examine the mechanics of creative writing and the writing life. Examples could include methods of establishing a strong sense of place, writing in dialect, metaphors in creative nonfiction, or the importance of ritual for writers. We are interested in highlighting a wide range of subjects, themes, and approaches.
Book Reviews: We are interested in honest, in-depth assessments of new, creative publications related to Appalachia. As assignments of titles to be reviewed are typically made by the editor, unsolicited reviews should not be submitted without a prior query. However, we are open to considering proposals from prospective authors about titles they might like to review. (See website for details
)Simultaneous submissions accepted
From 08 / 15 - 12 / 15Reporting time
01 - 12 monthsAuthor Payments
All published writing is eligible for our annual Plattner Awards. First place winners receive a stipend of $200.Number of paid staff
3Number of unpaid staff
University of North Carolina PressCLMP Member?
yesHow many writers did you publish in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
75How many live events did you present in your most recent year (calendar or fiscal)?
40Single Copy Price
10Back Issues Available
noUnsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
yesIf Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published?
9" - 6"Average Number of Pages