Military Experience & the Arts invites submissions in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork for publication in 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 seven 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.

When you submit work for consideration a member of our staff may critique it and provide you with guidance to meet the standards of our managing editors, or you may be invited to participate in an online workshop to develop your skills. While we can’t promise you’ll be published, we can guarantee that (with very rare exceptions) you won’t be rejected outright and you’ll receive some form of consultation. Our approach helps maintain quality standards while giving every contributor the opportunity to improve.

Before submitting Fiction and Non-Fiction, it is highly recommended that you read and apply the formatting and content advice provided by the Managing Editors of Fiction and Non-Fiction here.

Follow the links below when submitting to your chosen genre(s).

Fiction – Managing Editor, Daniel Buckman

Non-Fiction – Managing Editor, Brian Mockenhaupt

Poetry – Managing Editor, Randy Brown (temporarily closed)

Artwork – Managing Editor, Tif Holmes


Blue Nostalgia is the signature publication of the Veterans’ PTSD project. Blue Nostalgia gives us a medium to connect to our brothers and sisters, while allowing the civilian community a glimpse into our world. There are many of us who have experienced the trauma that comes with armed conflict, but there are many more who have not, and never will. We veterans hold in our minds and bodies the history of our wars, and if the non-veteran community is to grasp who we are, what we have experienced, and what we are capable of as productive citizens, we must tell our stories.

In addition to experiencing war trauma, some of us have experienced military sexual trauma or trauma outside of a deployment. The stories of such trauma and the growth that follows need to be told.

The media traffics in tragedy and often fails to report on instances of post-traumatic growth, a concept few are familiar with, and that is the aim of Blue Nostalgia; to tell the untold, the unreported. Writing about trauma and the growth that follows is not easy. We understand that. Know this: You are not alone! Anyone who writes about such experiences goes through this unsettling and sometimes scary process of reliving trauma. If you are up to the task, please join us here at VPP to help change the national conversation about PTSD. After all, if we don’t tell our stories, who will?

 Blue Nostalgia – Managing Editor, David Chrisinger