What is Ampersand Literary?
Ampersand is an online literary review focused on amateur artists. While our contributors may include established writers and artists, our goal is to promote the aspiring ones. We are a place where people of all ages and interests can publish their work, but also learn from professionals and other aspiring artists.
Who is Ampersand?
Ampersand has a core staff of two editors/friends/evil masterminds with plans for world domination, though our contributors range far and wide. You could be next!
What kind of submissions do you accept?
We focus on short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, photography, and original art. However, who are we to limit the boundaries of art? If you aren’t sure if your work falls under one of the categories listed above, send it anyway! Just make sure it’s in a digital file format we can open. No Drop Box files please.
Do you accept submissions that are not for your theme?
Yes! The goal of our themes is to provide direction and inspiration for those who want to submit something but don’t know what to write (or draw, or paint, or photograph). We still accept open submissions, but if you have something specific to our theme please send it in!
Will I be paid for my submissions?
As of right now, we cannot pay artists for their submissions. However, we believe strongly in compensating artists for their work, and our goal is to get to a place where we can pay artists for their submissions.
How long does it take you to respond to submissions?
We typically try to respond within a week, but sometimes it might take us a little longer.
Do you have a print publication?
Not yet, but that is the ultimate goal. Print’s not dead yet!
When do you publish?
We publish Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays regularly. We hope that by publishing often and consistently we can share more work from more artists than a monthly publication.
Will I be able to keep the rights for my work if you publish it?
Yes, all artists keep 100% of the rights to their work. You can publish your work with us and still submit it to other organizations. However, if we publish your work, we ask that you be considerate and wait at least three months before republishing that work with another company.
Why do you think it’s so important to focus on amateur artists?
We feel that there are not enough opportunities for amateur artists. Renowned artists have their own platforms, but amateurs often do not. The world needs something in between the small personal blog and big publications like The New Yorker. We want to fill that void and offer amateur artists a place to gather publication credits, experience encouragement and critique, and get their art out there for the world to see.