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Alaska Quarterly Review

About Alaska Quarterly Review: One of America's premier literary magazines and a source of powerful, new voices. AQR is "one of the nation's best literary magazines," The Washington Post Book World.

Contact Information:

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive (208 ESH)

Anchorage, AK  99508

Phone: (907) 786-6916



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes (with notice) Email submissions: no Reading period: 8/15-5/15 Response time: 6-16 weeks Payment: copies Contests: no Distributors: Ingram Periodicals, Ubiquity Average pages: 245 Sample copy: $6 (Please add $2 for mailing to Canada) ISSN: 0737-268X Founded: 1980 Issues per year: 2 Copy Price: $8.95 Subscription (Ind/Inst): $18, $22 CAD

Publisher’s Description: Alaska Quarterly Review is one of America’s premier literary magazines and a source of powerful, new voices. AQR publishes short stories, short novellas, novel excerpts, short plays, poetry, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. The magazine also features photographic essays and interviews.

Praised by The Washington Post Book World as “one of the nation’s best literary magazines,” and "fresh treasure" in the Sunday New York Times Book Review, works from AQR have appeared in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Pushcart Prize, Beacon Best, Best American Mystery Stories, Best Creative Nonfiction, Best American FantasyBest American Essays, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Best American Poetry. John McNally in Literary Magazine Review observed that "When all is said and done, Ronald Spatz and his crack team of editors put together one hell of a magazine."  Laura Furman, the series editor of the Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, wrote that “Alaska Quarterly Review is playing an impressive part in our national literature.” Library Journal concluded AQR "is highly recommended and deserves applause."

AQR contributing editors include Stuart Dybek, Maxine Kumin, Amy Hempel, Patrica Hampl, Stuart Dischell Nancy Eimers, Pattiann Rogers, Dorianne Laux, Peggy Schumaker, Michael Ryan, Jane Hirshfield, and Billy Collins. We note with great sadness the passing of long-time Contributing Editor, Grace Paley, on August 22, 2007. AQR is published twice a year by the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Recent issues:

The Spring/Summer 2014 issue contains a special feature of Joan Naviyuk Kane’s new poems, twelve short stories, four personal essays, and a collection of thirty-seven poems from thirty-five different poets including Doug Ramspeck, Robin Ekiss, Cj Evans, Alexandra Teague, Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, Angela Ball, Rebecca Black, Sean Hill, and more.

This issue (Fall 2013) has a special feature called “Afghan Americans: Diptychs”; fiction by Dina Nayeri, Nicholas S. Lepre, Justin Kramon, Carol Edelstein, T. Sean Steele, J. F. Glubka, Jody Azzouni, Carol K. Howell, Castle Freeman, Jr., and Robin MacArthur; nonfiction by Julie Marie Wade, Matthew Gavin Frank, Paul Crenshaw, Mary Kudenov, and Corinna Cook; and poetry by Carrie Shipers, Eric Weinstein, Kathleen Winter, Elizabeth Barnett, Sylvia Foley, Mark Sullivan, Charlotte Pence, John Lundberg, James Doyle, Jeanne Emmons, Kathryn Hunt, Kara van de Graaf, William Notter, Andrew H. Oerke, Garret Keizer, Elisabeth Murawski, Kyle Adamson, Gary H. Holthaus, Anne Love Woodhull, and more.

This issue (Spring/Summer 2013) features two novellas: “The Army Disease” by Cary Holladay and “Mistakes I Made” by Christie Hodgen. The issue also includes fiction by Ben Brooks, Matt Carmichael, Patricia Schultheis, Peter Gordon, Ihab Hassan, Catherine Bussinger, Emily Mitchell; nonfiction by Anne Kaier, Edward Hower, Mary Koral, and Leslie Ullman; and poetry by Matthew Westbrook, Joan I. Siegel, Kim Farrar, Carol Edelstein, Deborah Brown, and many more.


Last Updated 04/07/2014