Apogee Journal Reading Periods
We’ll be reading for nonfiction, fiction, and poetry during the month of February 2024 (February 1 – March 1). To share flash, interviews, and reviews with Perigee, please see this page.
The word “apogee” denotes the point in an object’s orbit farthest from a center. In turn, we value artistic expression far from the political center, created by artists and writers of oppressed identities who interrogate aesthetic and political status quos through their work. As we do so, we pay tribute to the Black feminist Combahee River Collective in recognition that “the major systems of oppression are interlocking.” To that end, we combat the domination of white, cis-heteronormative, patriarchal, settler-colonial voices that pervade our literary landscape in our celebration of linguistic diversity and our commitment to our community of readers and contributors. We recognize that centrist literary and artistic spheres contribute to genocide and other forms of violence via censorship and political suppression. We aim to uplift the work of those writing against genocide and would like to extend an invitation to Palestinian, Lebanese, Congolese, and Sudanese writers in particular to share their work during this reading period.
To submit to Fiction please click here before submitting your work at the Apogee Journal Submission Manager. You must complete the Submitter Form and submit your story for us to consider your fiction. Please note, these steps apply only for fiction submissions.
We look for work that centers the experience of marginalized perspectives. We want to foster work that addresses the politics of identity, such as migration, diaspora, multiculturalism, privilege, hierarchy, oppression, though these themes are not a requirement for publication. We believe the exploration of perspectives and voices that are mostly unheard and ignored is a political act itself. To read our mission statement, please visit this page.
- All work must be previously unpublished.
- Cover letters are optional.
- Please include a current bio.
- Each published contributor will receive a $100 honorarium.
- We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
- For prose submissions, please send a maximum of 5,000 words, in either .doc or .docx format. Please send only one piece per reading period.
- Please send a maximum of five poems in the same document, either .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
Check out our past issues to get a sense of the journal before sharing your work with us. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and if you have any questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reading your work!