American Athenaeum is a cultural magazine that features fiction, poetry, essays, opinion, author book reviews, and other literary contributions. Each journal explores the world of words like a patron explores a museum—by offering a view of the past, right up until the present. We consider this journal to be a museum of artistic endeavors, filled with cultural appreciation and stories that not only teach, but demonstrate the frailty of the human condition.
General Guidelines:
*Step one, join our community on Facebook (  or Twitter (@SwordSagaPress). *Let us know in your query, which you've joined, so we can keep an eye out for you.

 *Keep your query brief with relevant information. Tell us (in a line or two) why writing (or your story) is important to you.

 Also, tell us how you heard about us.

*All submissions should be Times New Roman, 12-pt font, numbered pages on bottom right, with a five-space margin for paragraphs, not a full tab. Title should not be bolded. Name, email, and location in top left-hand corner. No double-spaces between periods.

 *Fiction and non-fiction shouldn't exceed 7,500 words. Poems, 1-3 per submission in one file. Be bold and daring. See our website for info on our special departments, like American Talks, Compassion City, Voice of Endangered Species, Author Book Reviews, 1 Bookshelf, Wisdomgrams, and more. 

*Support the press by purchasing our collections, recommending them to friends, and writing a review on 

*In an effort to give back, we offer a $25 manuscript critique for writers, (along with other craft related service in our Writers House.) It's thorough, but inexpensive, and can help your craft if you don't have anyone to peer-review your work, or if you're getting turned down all around town, or just looking to write the best story you can. (If we read it and think it's ready to go, and accept it, then we'll send you a copy of the issue your work will appear.)

**We also offer a $2 donation option, and in the event your piece is declined, we'll tell you in a few lines why. These options go a long way in supporting our efforts. So thank you for participating. (Note, we do not charge to submit).
Writers are readers interested in reading our issues, select this option, and we'll send you the current issue, where you'll find plenty of "voices" inside  good ones inside our "museum of words." For $13, (plus $2.60 media mail) (Please make sure mailing address is included.)