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ARDOR was founded as a non-profit online literary magazine in September 2012 and published its first issue in January 2013. Joe Hessert, Founding Editor of ARDOR is a native of Maine and has his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Joe has worked as the Assistant Fiction Editor at the Iowa Review and has editing experience at several newspapers and magazines. Most recently Joe has been an undergraduate English and writing instructor in Maine.
Since our launch ARDOR has become known as a wonderful place to read short stories, short-shorts, essays and poetry. To attract strong writing we're committed to offering payment to all writers. We presently offer $50 for short stories and creative nonfiction over 1000 words, $20 for short-shorts and $15 per poem ($20 minimum per poet). It is our hope that with time we will offer higher compensation in an effort to lend writers more support and to reflect the quality of writing featured in our pages.
Additionally we will do our very best to reply to submissions quickly. You worked hard to write and edit your submission and we plan to work equally hard -- offering each submission a minimum of TWO full reads before rendering a decision on the piece. We promise to send a response to your work as quickly as possible.
Thank you in advance for submitting, reading and for your support. We're excited about our first four issues and about the success of our first writing competitions - the ARDOR Short Story Contest, and our fall Flash Fiction Contest. In our first year we nominated work from our first two issues for Best of the Net and were thrilled to have finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry in addition to a winner in the poetry category.