After Happy Hour Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Update 9/1: We are open for Fiction, CNF, Visual Art (especially cover-sized things!), and feedback submissions through 9/15. This is the last chance to get work in for fall/winter 2022's online Issue 18! Our next reading period will be for our second contest and print issue (likely opening sometime in November).


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After Happy Hour only accepts previously unpublished work and requests first-publication rights on acceptance.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