As a national, nonprofit HIV/AIDS magazine, A&U is interested in publishing articles about AIDS-related advocacy, treatment and care, community-based organizations and campaigns, and artists and creative writers responding to the pandemic. We’re looking for writers of all serostatuses to help use showcase a wide range of perspectives about living with HIV/AIDS.
With any submission, please include a brief personal biography (no longer than 25 words).
Article pitches and queries, as Word attachments, may be mailed to Chael Needle, Managing Editor, at chaelneedle [at] mac [dot] com or mailbox [at] aumag [dot] org. They may also be mailed to: A&U Magazine, Att: Submissions, 25 Monroe St. Suite 205, Albany, NY 12210.
Submit work around 700 words.
Submit pitches; please do not send completed stories or interviews.
Feature articles: about 1,200 words, cover stories: about 2,000 words.
Include résumé and/or clippings.
Reviews of film, theater, books, art exhibits, video, music, and other media are accepted.
Submit work no longer than 300-600 words.
Include visuals such as film stills or dust jackets if not obtainable elsewhere.
Preface every review in the following manner:
title of work or exhibit
subtitle (if applicable)
author(s) (or editor, director, artist)
publisher (or film/video distributor, art gallery)
year of publication, length (pages or minutes)
LITERARY SUBMISSIONS (Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Creative Nonfiction)
Literary submissions, as Word attachments, may be mailed to Brent Calderwood, Literary Editor, at aumaglit [at] gmail [dot] com. Pay rate schedule available upon request.
Be sure to include your address, phone number, and e-mail address!
Submit work no longer than 1,000 words. Excerpts of longer works may be accepted; please include full work as well as excerpt.
Submit unpublished work only
If plays have been performed, please include any important performance information.
Any length/style is accepted, shorter works preferred.
Note from the Literary Editor:
A&U accepts original unpublished literature in English and translation throughout the year. Our Literary Issue is published each summer.
We encourage all topics related to HIV/AIDS, including international perpectives, personal accounts, historical perspectives, and personal responses to HIV-related art or artists. We also welcome English translations of work that is unpublished or previously published in a language other than English. In addition, we encourage HIV/AIDS-related responses to the following themes:
January: World AIDS Day/International Perspectives continued (Deadline: Dec. 1)
February: Black History Month (Deadline: Jan. 1)
March: Women’s History Month (Deadline: Feb. 1)
April: AIDS Activism (Deadline: Mar. 1)
May: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (Deadline: Apr. 1)
June: AIDS in Africa (Deadline: May 1)
July: AIDS in Translation (Deadline: Jun. 1)
August: Writing about Writers and Literature (Deadline: Jul. 1)
September: National Hispanic Heritage Month (Deadline: Aug. 1)
October: LGBT History Month/National Coming Out Day (Deadline: Sep. 1)
November: Native American Heritage Month (Deadline: Oct. 1)
December: World AIDS Day/International Perspectives (Deadline: Nov. 1)
Please note that the above does not reflect our non-literary editorial calendar. To request our non-literary editorial calendar, please e-mail Chael Needle at chaelneedle [at] mac [dot [com].
Manuscripts cannot be returned.
Guidelines for Submitting Visual Material:
Include SASE for return of visual materials.
Please do not send original works of art*.
Please attach a photo credit and description to each piece submitted.
Please include a standard photographer’s release, allowing A&U to publish the work sent.
Only the following formats are accepted (listed in order of preference):
35 mm, medium format, large format (up to 4×5 inches)
color or black and white
color or black and white
no smaller than 5×7 inches
no larger than 8×10 inches
glossy finish only please
Please have custom prints made at a professional photo lab. Do not send consumer-grade machine prints.
High resolution JPEG (300 dpi, no less than 4×6 inches)
Also acceptable: high resolution tiffs and pdfs
Contact us for other exceptions.
* to submit works of art:
Please have paintings, sculptures and installations photographed in a manner suitable for printing press reproduction (300 dpi, scanned large).
If professional photography is not available please follow these guidelines:
subject should be brightly lit
use more than one light source
avoid shadows (use diffused or indirect light)
use color slide film
use film with the proper color balance for your light source
properly align the subject and the camera
check slides after processing for color accuracy and sharpness
use professional,not consumer-grade, film
please include a full résumé
Please label all slides in the following manner:
title of work
year of creation
If slides are courtesy of a gallery or artist rep., please credit
if the work is part of a private or public collection please state.