After Happy Hour Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions are now closed for the Oops! All Genre contest issue.

We'll be reopening with free submissions from March 1-May 31, 2023, and we'll have an exciting announcement about our future online issues coming soon!

In the meantime, we plan to have all decisions made on the contest submissions by mid-February. We hope to have the issue launched around late April/early May, so we'll be reaching out to contributors and preorders to confirm addresses and whatnot sometime around then.

If you're curious how the submissions ended up: 

We received a total of $1,065 in entry fees (95 entries plus pre-orders). That means prizes of:

  • $320 (if 1 winner)
  • $160 each (if 2 winners)
  • $55-$110 for honorable mentions (depending on how many we pick)

We'll announce the final prize decisions on our blog and website in early March, so check back then to see the results!

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After Happy Hour is a free online literary journal that comes out twice a year online in fall/winter and summer, with a print contest issue in the spring. We're not limited to any particular genre, and publish poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Our headquarters are based in Pittsburgh, but the journal is not exclusive to Pittsburgh-based writers.

Be bold and take risks, make an impact and make it early. Don’t give us characters that mildly care, plots that kind of make the reader turn the page, or language that sort of places us in the heat of the story. AHH favors the audacious. If you want to get a sense of the type of work we publish, you can check out our past online issues free on our website. 

After Happy Hour only accepts previously unpublished work and requests first-publication rights on acceptance. You can do whatever you like after that, however we do also ask for permission to potentially re-print your work again in the future and to use it in an audiobook format. Of course, we will let you know if we do.

After Happy Hour Review