As You Were


Military Experience & the Arts invites submissions in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork for publication in the upcoming publication As You Were: The Military Review.

As You Were, three words spoken quickly by non-commissioned and commissioned officers who choose to drop rank and get to business, is meant to put troops “at ease.” Military Experience & the Arts, in its singular, collaborative approach to publishing, has long sought to provide an atmosphere in which veterans and their loved ones can feel “at ease” when expressing themselves.

Our title also connotes a hearkening back, an exploration of the self and the past. We’re interested in those words and works of art that are brave enough to cut through rank and time, presenting military experience honestly, free of the white-washing that is so common in today’s war literature and art. We’ve published six volumes since 2011, providing each contributor–regardless of whether that contributor has published 25 words or 25 books–with some form of one-on-one consultation.

Here’s our review process: When you submit prose for consideration, you will first be assigned a “reader” who will read your work, critique it, and provide you with guidance meant to help you meet the standards of your genre’s managing editor. When you submit poetry, it will be blind-reviewed by the dozens of authors, educators, and veterans in our reader group. Artwork will be evaluated by our professional art historian and, if chosen for publication, included in an edited collection.

Our approach helps maintain quality standards while giving every contributor the opportunity to improve.

For specific directions from the managing editor of your genre, follow the links below.

Fiction – Managing Editor, Daniel Buckman

Non-Fiction – Managing Editor, Brian Mockenhaupt

Poetry – Managing Editor, Randy Brown

Artwork – Managing Editor, Tif Holmes