Submissions

As You Were: The Military Review

About the Publication

Military Experience & the Arts invites submissions from veterans, family members, and civilians exploring military themes in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork for publication in our main periodical, As You Were: The Military Review. It is a digital publication that’s released on every Veterans Day and Memorial Day. There are two submission periods a year. They consist of the months of January and July. They are subject to variation depending on the amount of submissions received.

As You Were, three words spoken quickly by non-commissioned and commissioned officers who choose to drop rank and get to business, is meant to put troops “at ease.” Military Experience & the Arts, in its collaborative approach to publishing, has long sought to provide an atmosphere in which veterans and their loved ones can feel “at ease” when expressing themselves.

Our title also connotes a hearkening back, an exploration of the self and the past. We’re interested in those words and works of art that are brave enough to cut through rank and time, presenting military experience honestly, free of the white-washing that can appear in today’s war literature and art. We’ve published numerous volumes since 2011, providing each contributor – regardless of whether that contributor has published 25 words or 25 books – with some form of one-on-one consultation if they wanted it.

About the Submissions and Editorial Process

We welcome new writers or experienced ones. It’s our mission at MEA to help veterans and family members enrich their writing, regardless of their skill level. We encourage writers to let our staff help you craft the best possible piece. You’ve invested time and emotion in writing your story. Our purpose is to invest our time in helping you tell this story in the most highly effective manner possible and to impart universally applicable skills and perspectives in your respective genre.

If you’re willing to be revised, editors may make bigger-picture suggestions such as reordering a sequence of events, more fully developing a theme, elaborating on or trimming some sections. They’ll also be looking at the paragraph and sentence level, and may, for instance, make requests and suggestions for more details in a description, a richer scene, or trimming of extraneous information that slows the pace or distracts from the overall theme of the piece. Our goal is to help you revise until you get a publishable piece.

These editorial suggestions will follow the conventions of the respective genres. Experimentation is good, but it is in the interest of writers to master the conventions first before deviating from them.

Brand new writers may want to look at our help page for a discussion of the basics in non-fiction and fiction. Following the guidance there will get you a good working draft. More experienced writers may find it helpful as well.

Of course, we understand that not all writers will want to revise their work. So you’ve got options:

  • You can choose to work with our staff to revise and rewrite your submission. You will receive one-on-one guidance from an experienced, published writer to help you refine your work, the goal being to develop a polished, publishable piece.

OR

  • You can let our staff accept or reject the piece as it is written. We understand that some writers won’t want to revise or rewrite, but would also like the opportunity to be considered for publication.

Submissions Portals

**Before submitting, please note the following**

1. If a particular genre is ‘closed’ we are not currently accepting submissions in that genre and will resume taking submissions when we are caught up with editing. As a courtesy, we ask that you refrain from submitting a piece to a different category. (For instance, if poetry is closed, please don’t submit your poem to the artwork category).

2. Please submit work that it is at least tangentially related to military themes. The publication’s goal is to bridge the divide between civilian and military worlds.

3. We don’t have the capacity for editing book-length manuscripts, and we can’t publish books. Submissions are for consideration for publication in our digital magazine. Please limit works to 4,000 words or less. 

4. We will under no circumstances consider previously published work, even if it is self-published.

5. If you’ve submitted with us in prior issues, please note that we have to prioritize those who are submitting to us for the first time. Usually we can circle back around and get to you before the next volume goes out, but sometimes we can’t.

6. We will consider simultaneous submissions. However, we ask that you inform us that it’s being considered elsewhere and choose to have us accept/reject as is.

7. Submitting and/or working with an editor does not guarantee publication. Though all work will be considered, and most writers given an opportunity to learn and revise, we simply can’t publish everything submitted to us. We reserve the right to reject a piece if it is inappropriate, out of genre, not military-themed, etc. 

Follow the links below when submitting to your chosen genre(s). They’ll take you to our Submittable page when submission periods are open. General Guidelines can be found here.

** July 31 was the last day for submissions. We apologize, but we had to close them a day early due to an overwhelming response***

Fiction – Managing Editor, Daniel Buckman CLOSED opening date to be determined

Non-Fiction – Managing Editor, Brian Mockenhaupt CLOSED opening date to be determined 

Poetry – Managing Editor, Randy Brown CLOSED opening date to be determined.

Artwork – Managing Editor, Melany Sarafis (open continuously) Only artwork currently being accepted through this portal 

 

For any questions you have about the submissions process, please email the Editor-in-Chief at president@militaryexperience.org



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Blue Nostalgia is the signature publication of the Veterans’ PTSD project. Blue Nostalgia gives us a medium to connect to our brothers and sisters, while allowing the civilian community a glimpse into our world. There are many of us who have experienced the trauma that comes with armed conflict, but there are many more who have not, and never will. We veterans hold in our minds and bodies the history of our wars, and if the non-veteran community is to grasp who we are, what we have experienced, and what we are capable of as productive citizens, we must tell our stories.

In addition to experiencing war trauma, some of us have experienced military sexual trauma or trauma outside of a deployment. The stories of such trauma and the growth associated with it needs to be told.

The media traffics in tragedy and often fails to report on instances of post-traumatic growth, a concept few are familiar with, and that is the aim of Blue Nostalgia; to tell the untold, the unreported, the real stories. Writing about trauma and the growth that follows is not easy. We understand that. Know this: You are not alone! Anyone who writes about such experiences goes through this unsettling and sometimes scary process of reliving trauma. If you are up to the task, please join us here at VPP to help change the national conversation about PTSD. After all, if we don’t tell our stories, who will?

Blue Nostalgia does not accept fiction , poetry, or artwork.  This is a non-fiction publication. Please consider submitting poetry and fiction to MEA’s other publication when their submission period is open

When you submit work for consideration you have a couple of options:

You can choose to work with our staff to revise and rewrite your submission. You will receive one-on-one guidance from an experienced, published writer to help you refine your work.
OR
You can let our staff accept or reject the piece as it is written. We understand that some writers won’t want to revise or rewrite but would also like the opportunity to be considered for publication.

We can’t make any guarantees when it comes to publishing, but we can guarantee that if you want to learn more about the craft of writing you will have the opportunity to do so. It’s our mission at MEA to help you become a capable writer, and we encourage you to let our staff help you write the best possible piece. You’ve invested time and emotion in writing your story; we’re interested in investing our time in helping you tell this story in the most highly effective manner possible.

If you’re willing to be revised, editors may make bigger-picture suggestions such as reordering a sequence of events, more fully developing a theme, elaborating on or trimming some sections. They’ll also be looking at the paragraph and sentence level, and may, for instance, make requests and suggestions for more details in a description, a richer scene, or trimming of extraneous information that slows the pace or distracts from the overall theme of the piece.

Please note that Blue Nostalgia does not accept fiction, poetry, or artwork. Please consider submitting poetry and fiction to MEA’s other publication when their submission periods are open

Follow this link to make a submission:

 Blue Nostalgia – Managing Editor, Joseph Stanfill (closed until further notice) 

For any questions you have about the submissions process, please email the Editor-in-Chief at president@militaryexperience.org