Artful Dodge has always been attracted to writing with a sense of place and looks for work that combines the aesthetic and the human in fresh, unexpected ways. However, don’t ask us what that statement means–all we can say is that the work we print shows awareness of the cultural landscape out of which it comes, the words and deeds of people and the language of the bus stop and bar as well as everything the poet or prose writer has read in their entire lives. It involves an illumination of the particular and the concrete, and the transforming of this here-at-hand to the level of the permanent, the mythic. This can be accomplished in ways as diverse as William Carlos Williams’ wheelbarrows, Elizabeth Bishop’s maps, Langston Hughes’ rivers, or William S. Burroughs’ disrobed lunches. But some sort of interplay between focus and transcendence must be at work. While we have transitioned to online submissions for the purpose of speeding our evaluation and response process, our staff is still small so please allow up to six months before sending us a query on the status of your submission.

Please read a copy of Artful Dodge to get a feel for what we like to print. We have a small selection of past works on our website and blog. If you would like to read a Dodge in its entirety, however, please send us a check (or even cash) for $12 for our most recent issue or $5 for a back issue.  (We hope to get a credit card payment up and running in the near future.) 

Artful Dodge gladly accepts simultaneous submissions but we do ask that you let us know as soon as possible if your work is submitted elsewhere.

Currently, contributors receive at least two copies of the magazine in which their work appears. Additional copies for contributors are priced at 50% the regular price. 

This is where you can order your very own copy of Artful Dodge.