After Hours literary journal, Chicago

After Hours Press






Albert DeGenova


Albert DeGenova

P. Hertel

Circulation Manager

Andrew Byrne

© After Hours Press 2023, Elmwood Park, IL

Current Issue $12.00

Wherever I'm At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (published in partnership with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame), $25.00

Dancing A Dizzy Holiliness, by Larry Janowski, $15.00

when word and image run away, the selected poems of Mary Blinn, $15.00

The Professor's Quarters, essays by students of Norbert Blei and their experience of his class at The Clearing Folk School, $15.00

Subscription, One Year, $20.00

Submission Guidelines

After Hours is seeking submissions for ongoing issues. Please read the following guidelines carefully.

Deadline for submissions:

     March 31/Summer Issue

          September 30/Winter Issue.

Manuscripts received after the deadline and accepted for publication will be held for inclusion in following issues.

Who should submit?

Writers/artists living in and around Chicago, as well as Chicago expatriates

(once a Chicagoan, always a Chicagoan).

Formats/Subject Matter

Poetry, short fiction, essays, photography or black & white drawings. Any subject matter is acceptable. The first criteria is always the quality and originality of the writing. After Hours is NOT looking for work about Chicago exclusively, we are looking for work distinctively created by Chicagoans without any pretense or reliance on traditional forms.


Recognizing that many Chicago writers write in Spanish and many other languages, After Hours accepts submissions of English translations of those works. Submit both the original language and English versions of the written work per the following guidelines.

Poetry: 3 – 5 poems, no length or style limitations, typed, no more than one poem on a page, each page should have the poet’s name, address, and email address

Fiction/Flash Fiction/Non-Fiction: 1 - 3 pieces of short prose, 6 page maximum per piece; no style limitations, typed, doublespaced, 12 pt minimum font size. Pages should be numbered and each page should have the author’s name, address and email address

Photography/Artwork: No subject or style limitations. Digital email submissions only for artwork/photography.  Submit low resolution jpegs. Each submission should have the artist’s name, address, and email address. You will be contacted to supply high resolution digital formats if artwork is accepted for publication. Color submissions are accepted, but may be transfered to black & white (with artist's approval).

General Guidelines

• Email submissions are accepted and encouraged. Use Microsoft Word attachments ONLY, otherwise please copy and paste into an email message.

• Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please indicate which works are being simultaneously submitted.

• Please include a cover letter with short bio, as well as a statement about your connection to the city of Chicago.

• SASE required for snail mail submissions to be returned. Electronic submissions will receive electronic responses.

• Notification within 4 months.

Email Submissions

Address all written snail mail correspondence and submissions to:

After Hours Press

2417 N. 75th Avenue, Unit F

Elmwood Park, IL 60707

After Hours Press literary publisher Alber DeGenova