Writers

Submissions must relate to Appalachia and to a specific, upcoming theme.

Fiction, news and feature articles, interviews, and personal essays are accepted. Writing can include information gleaned from diaries, letters, and family histories, as well as standard research and reportage. Clearly label any first-person piece as either a fiction or nonfiction essay.

Submissions generally run between 1,000 and 1,500 words.


Note: Though we prefer first publication rights on work, we do accept reprints and simultaneous submissions. You need to supply us with signed reprint permission and inform us of other publications considering the work. Acceptance and publication in another Appalachian-focused publication precludes its use in Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine.


Submission Deadlines

Spring/Summer issue    February 28 
Fall/Winter issue
         August 31

We begin accepting works for each issue two months prior to the dates shown above. Because of the marked increase in unsolicited submissions, we advise submitting your manuscript closer to January 1st (Spring/Summer) and June 30th (Fall/Winter) for full consideration.


Submission Procedure


Submissions are accepted as attached, electronically-mailed Word documents (preferred) and as USPS mailed hard copy documents. In the case of the later, an appropriately-sized, stamped, self-addressed envelope must be included if you want your document(s) returned.

Include a brief statement of your work’s pertinence to the theme and to the region.

Include an email address, regular mailing address, and daytime phone number(s).


Email document to:


Hard copy document to:

Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine
Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
East Tennessee State University
Box 70556

Johnson City TN 37614-1707

Once Your Work Has Been Accepted

You will be notified via email if your query or manuscript meets our needs. A final deadline and word length will be confirmed at that point.

Works will be edited as necessary to meet space and style requirements.

Our editorial staff strives to protect the integrity of the work while insuring a finished product of which we can all be proud.


As a nonprofit, educational initiative, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine offers a modest honorarium and complimentary copy of the issue in which the writer is published. Bylines are given, and we ask for a two-to-three sentences (maximum) writer bio.

We may also ask for assistance in procuring photographs, particularly with nonfiction submissions.

We grant First NA (North American) Serial Rights. This means that after publication the rights revert to the author, who can then reprint the material so long as credit is given to Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine. For further questions about serial rights, please contact us.

A Few Helpful Suggestions

When editing, we use both the Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook.

For spelling, we reference Webster's Third New International Dictionary.

Generally, we spell numbers one through ninety-nine.

We lowercase geographical parts of states, as in southwest Virginia , western North Carolina, northeast Tennessee.

If you are submitting a Word document as an attachment, please place one space between any sentence's period and the capitalized first letter of the next sentence.