After the Pause is an experimental online literary journal, based in Minneapolis, MN (with strong ties to other parts of the Midwest), and published quarterly. We also run a small press called a…p press, whose info is here.

We feature experimental poetry, flash fiction, visual poetry, and visual art from new, emerging, and veteran writers. In addition to our online magazine, we publish an annual print anthology featuring poetry and flash fiction from the previous four issues.

Visit Submission Guidelines for more info on submitting.

Find informational interviews with our founding editor at these wonderful places:



Six Questions For…

The Cadence Inc.

We believe art and writing are born from life experience: the terrible, the traumatic, the happy, the wondrous, the completely mundane. From the worst tragedy to the most blissful joy, we think art is an incredible byproduct of everything that happens. Life throws pauses at us; art follows the pause.

Everyone has a voice worthy of being heard and everyone has something worth saying. We welcome diversity of every variety.

We want freshness, engagement, vitality. We want words and stories that are real, gritty, outlandish, linguistically beautiful, meaningful, etc. We love ideas and invention, taking risks with form, being experimental. Above all, we want things that make us think and stick with us.

Hit us up with any questions, comments, concerns, and submissions here: afterthepause@gmail.com

Book Review Department

Check out our recently launched book review department! If you are a publisher, indie author, or something else we failed to list and would like copies (real or digital) of your work reviewed, please reach out to us through email: afterthepause@gmail.com. The most common titles we review include poetry, fiction (or flash fiction), and philosophy.

Social Media

Twitter @afterthepause

Facebook: www.facebook.com/afterthepause

Issuu: issuu.com/afterthepause


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Founding Editor

Michael Prihoda is a poet and editor, born and living in the Midwest. Find his work here.
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