ABOUT THE JOURNAL
The Apple Valley Review, a semiannual online literary journal, was founded in
2005 by its current editor, Leah Browning. It is published in the spring and fall
of the year. Each issue features a collection of poetry, short fiction, and personal
This journal is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
(CLMP). It is preserved at worldwide research libraries by Stanford University’s
LOCKSS system and is archived in the Electronic Collection of Library and
Archives Canada/Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. The contents are regularly
submitted to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and are licensed with
EBSCO. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for
awards or recognition.
On several occasions, work originally published in the Apple Valley Review has
been included in anthologies of best online writing. J. W. Young’s essay “Pageant
Queen” and Edward Byrne’s poem “Island Fever” were selected for Best of the
Web 2008 (Dzanc Books). In the past six years, the Best of the Net Anthology
has included three short stories: “Home for the Holidays” by Kevin Carey, “His
Wife” by Barry Jay Kaplan, and “How to Leave” by Kerri Quinn, and four poems:
“Left” by Leslie LaChance, “Jane Austen’s Toes” by Rob Hardy, “Thanksgiving”
by Pat Daneman, and “Color Therapy at the OB-GYN’s” by Anna Evans.
Kevin Carey’s short story “Home for the Holidays,” which appeared in the Spring
2011 issue of the Apple Valley Review, was selected as one of the storySouth
Million Writers Award top ten online stories of 2011.
Individual works of poetry and fiction have also been designated as finalists or
notable stories by Best of the Net, storySouth Million Writers Award, and Best
of the Web.
All work published in the Apple Valley Review during a given calendar year is
considered for the annual Editor’s Prize. Past recipients include Thomas Andrew
Green (2012, fiction, “Kingdom of the Jellyfish”); Glen Pourciau (2011, fiction,
“Backbone”); Alana Ruprecht (2010, poetry, “Pumpkin”); Jin Cordaro (2009,
poetry, “He Said He Knew of a Place Where We Could Swim,” “Cicadas,” “Ice
Cream,” and “My Mother Used to Bring Home Blue-Shell Crabs”); Kathy
Anderson (2008, fiction, “You Are the Bad Smell”); Rosa Salazar (2007, poetry,
“Chaplet of Mercy,” “Another Side to Despair,” and “Tío Leandro, Where Were
You When Ramón Died on the Farm Last Week?”); and Janet Zupan (2006,
poetry, “Missing the Stop”).
The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete
submission guidelines for the Apple Valley Review are available at
Apple Valley Review: A Journal of Contemporary Literature
Leah Browning, Editor
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Will you reprint my short story/essay/poem?
We do not knowingly read or accept previously published work. Because
our time, energy, resources, and space are limited, we focus on promoting
writing that has not yet found a venue. However, we heartily support journal
and anthology editors who aim to give a wider audience to great writing.
Do you accept work that I already posted on a blog?
We strongly prefer to read writing that has not been published in print or
online in any public way. Although work posted on a blog is not published in a
traditional sense, it is widely available and has, in essence, been self-published.
In 2007, writer Nic Sebastian wrote a series of posts on the topic of submitting
blog-posted writing for her own blog, “Very Like a Whale.” She also solicited
and posted interviews with several journal editors whose opinions on the topic
varied widely. For a more thorough explanation of the thoughts behind Apple
Valley Review editor Leah Browning’s decision, please see her reply.
Although you do not read submissions of genre fiction (e.g., horror,
science fiction, mysteries), are you open to writing with genre elements
(e.g., fabulism, magical realism)?
I have a full-length manuscript of poetry/short stories/essays. Will you
Unfortunately, we do not publish full manuscripts or books of any kind.
Do you accept scripts/book reviews/nonfiction articles/research papers
that I wrote for class?
No. We print short fiction, poems, and personal essays/creative nonfiction.
Generally speaking, please do not send anything with footnotes.
Do you accept author interviews?
On one occasion, we did print an interview with an author. That was an
anomaly. However, if you have an interview that you think would be a great
fit for the journal, you are welcome to send a query.
When are your reading periods?
Submissions are read year-round. The deadline for any individual issue will
be listed in an e-mail message to subscribers, on our home page, and on our
official Facebook page. Any piece of writing that is sent after the deadline for
a particular issue will be considered for the next one. We do not keep a
Why don’t you accept simultaneous submissions?
The goal is to have a quick turnaround. Whenever possible, submissions will
receive a reply within two weeks.
Why didn’t you give me any feedback or write personalized comments
about my short story/poems/essay?
Like most literary journals, we receive thousands of submissions. This is a
small journal without interns or student readers. Unfortunately, it is not possible
to read and reply to every submission with personalized comments—at least not
in a timely fashion. If you are still looking for feedback on your writing, and
you are not already a member of a local writer’s group or workshop, that might
be a good place to start.
Since you didn’t accept my short story/poems/essay, can you
recommend another journal that might?
There are many, many good resources for writers, both online and in print.
If you haven’t already consulted one of the books in the Writer’s Market series,
you might want to look for one at your local bookstore or library. Individual
market listings are also available on websites such as Duotrope, NewPages,
and the online component of Poets & Writers. Additional links to writing
resources, booksellers, and specific literary journals and magazines are located
on our page of links.
When do you publish new issues of the journal?
In the spring and fall. They used to appear in the months of September and
March, but more recently, they have been published in October and April.
If you would like to receive an e-mail notification when a new issue appears
online, please subscribe to our mailing list by submitting your full name,
mailing address, and e-mail address to editor(at)leahbrowning.net with the
word “subscribe” as the subject. Your contact information will not be sold
or shared, and you may unsubscribe from this list at any time. There are
no fees associated with this subscription.
You are also welcome to click “Like” on our Facebook page, enabling you
to see updates on new issues, calls for submissions, and occasional
announcements. The page is open to all friends, readers, and writers, both
published and unpublished.
How long has this journal been publishing?
The Apple Valley Review was founded in 2005 by its current editor,
Where is the journal located? Is it American or Canadian?
When the journal was founded, in 2005, Browning was living in central
Minnesota, not far from Apple Valley. She—and the journal—later moved
to Ontario, Canada, for four years, and then to their current location in
If you have any other questions regarding submissions or the Apple
Valley Review, please direct them to our editor, Leah Browning, at
editor(at)leahbrowning.net. Thank you very much for your support and
interest in the journal.
Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary
Copyright © 2005-2013
by Leah Browning, Editor.
All future rights to material
published in the Apple
Valley Review are retained
by the individual authors