A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine invites fiction submissions. A&U publishes fiction on all topics related to HIV/AIDS, featuring characters across all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Fiction should be no longer than 1,400 words, although exceptions will be considered. Stand-alone novel excerpts are permissible. All submissions must be previously unpublished. Fiction Editor Raymond Luczak looks for submissions with “no stereotypes, no cardboard characters, no clichéd writing, no misinformation about AIDS. It’s my job to work with writers so they can look truly good on the page.”

Submission instructions may be found here: https://aumag.org/submissions/. Email fiction submissions as a Word attachment to Raymond Luczak, Fiction Editor, at [email protected]. A list of our pay rates for literary work is available on request.


A&U Magazine was launched in 1991 as Art & Understanding by Editor-in-Chief and Publisher David Waggoner in response to the loss of so many of his peers from the creative community. Viewing AIDS as a cultural holocaust, Waggoner set out to create a forum for the creative responses of those living with HIV and AIDS, their peers, their caregiving circles, their families and loved ones. Through the pages of an attractive, glossy and commercially appealing publication such as A&U, the HIV community’s works can be saved, published and archived for all time. A&U’s David Waggoner hopes that his dedicated staff of writers and artists have helped elevate understanding and compassion about the disease.


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