a literary review
From April 1st to 30th, the museum will be reading for a special summer animal-themed issue on creatures of all kinds: from pets to beasts of burden to wild—from real to imagined and beyond. We know that these distinctions can become blurred and invite interpretations that explore that blurring. We are especially interested in junctures throughout America’s past and present where the animal kingdom (wild or tame) intersects with human cultivation, technology, pop culture, entertainment, science, and the rule of law. This issue, in addition to poetry, art, prose, and music, we are also seeking humor.
We will be open again for general submissions from August 1st to 31st.
Note: We seek work that engages with or repurposes the complex cultural history of America. Please read our General Guidelines below for more information on how and what to submit.
the museum of americana accepts submissions of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, music, photography, and art. We seek work that showcases and/or repurposes historical American culture. This is, of course, an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see if you can turn them into a hot rod. Give us fiction that dramatizes weird old folk songs or steals their characters. Give us love poetry that mixes language cribbed from The Federalist Papers with language cribbed from WWII propaganda posters. We want medicine shows and riverboats, Doo-Wop and Duke Snider. We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.
In 2019, submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art will be read in the months of April, August, and November. Submissions sent at any other time will be deleted unread. Reviews, interviews, and music for American Songbook will be considered all year round.
Issues are tentatively scheduled to appear in June/July, October/November and January/February.
To submit to the museum of americana, please include your last name, first name, and genre of submission in the subject of your email and send to the appropriate address.
Fiction/nonfiction: proseamericana (at) gmail.com
Poetry: poetryamericana (at) gmail.com
Humor: humoramericana (at) gmail.com
American Songbook: themuseumofamericana (at) gmail.com
For interviews or reviews, query editor first: reviewsamericana (at) gmail.com
All submissions should contain a brief cover letter in the email. Poetry, prose, and humor submissions should be pasted into the text of the email. No attachments, please. We will read one longer prose piece (up to 3,000 words) or three to five poems or flashes per submission. For photographs or art, please send a link to where work can be viewed online. For American Songbook, send up to five mp3s and a short bio. Songs must be public domain American traditionals or else originals in the folk/Americana vein. Only one submission per genre per reading period, please.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please be courteous enough to inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. No previously published work. Upon acceptance, we ask for first electronic rights and the right to archive a piece for as long as we exist. We also ask that a writer not reprint a piece online for at least six months after we publish it and that we receive credit if it should be reprinted at any point, in print or electronically, in the future.
If a writer has been published with the museum of americana, we ask that she/he wait until two new issues appear before submitting work again.
Unfortunately, there is no payment for publication, but we will publicize our contributors to the best of our ability and spread the news of their successes all across the interwebs.