NOTE: Submissions are closed while we focus on publication of Issue 0. Submissions sent after May 1, 2021 will be disregarded.
AGON seeks work unimpeded by form or by theme, whether serious-minded or playful, neo-classical or experimental, filthy or divine, or all of these or many at once. For those who suffer writing—the aching, feverish compulsion—as an ailment / For those who savor writing as a remedy: we offer ourselves to suffer at your side.
We accept simultaneous submissions, and only ask that you please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
Cover letters are not necessary, but you could type something warm in the body of the-mail so there could be something nearing humanity between us, couldn't you? In any case, send us a brief bio.
All work may be submitted to: agonjournal [at] gmail [dot] com. You can address the e-mail to LK and/or SR if you would like to show us that you've at least skimmed these guidelines.
We prefer works of 1,000-4,000 words. Examples of authors we enjoy are Juan Goytisolo, Clarice Lispector, Pierre Guyotat, Antonin Artaud, Jean Genet, Nathalie Sarraute, Honore de Balzac, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Vladimir Nabokov, Jose Donoso, Witold Gombrowicz, Samuel Beckett, Yukio Mishima, Alfred Jarry, James Joyce, Kobo Abe, Georges Bataille, and Unica Zürn.
One piece per submission.
Submit up to five poems within the same document. We are fond of the poetry of Andre Breton, Paul Verlaine, Rainer Maria Rilke, Nichita Stănescu, Jean Cocteau, Aimé Césaire, Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes, Anne Carson, and Paul Celan.
We are interested in essays centered on the work of particular authors, artists, or movements, as well as works of literary and narrative theory, art history/theory, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism, and the like.
Feel free to send us a query if you're not sure a particular piece might suit us. 2,000-8000 words preferred.
Submit up to five works of visual art attached to the email as a .gif, .tiff, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, or .pdf file with accompanying titles. Please include artist's statements of 1-100 words for each submission in the accompanying cover letter (note: statements are optional).
Painting, drawing, sculpture, collages, and photography are all welcome.
Note: Print issues will be black and white. All color submissions will be exclusive to the e-book/electronic edition, unless the artist wishes for their work to appear in grayscale in the print issue as well.
AGON also seeks accounts of dreams around 500-1000 words. Dream submissions may be made anonymously, and one may make a dream submission without an accompanying submission of another category.
Multiple dreams may be submitted.
Please note that special favor will not be granted to fiction/poetry/art/theory submissions that involve or address dreams. We are seeking a raw account of dream images and sensations. Please do not over-dramatize or -aestheticize your dreams—this makes the dream seem entirely fabricated. We want real dreams that you have had, not 'creative' dreams that you have authored. It is the strange sequence of images that we are interested in, not your writing style.