After Dinner Conversation
From the Editor
After Dinner Conversation is an independent, nonprofit literary magazine with a focus on curating short fiction stories that explore philosophical and ethical questions in a way that sparks thoughtful, respectful discussions among readers. Going beyond entertainment to promote timeless truths, each story comes paired with suggested topics and open-ended questions to facilitate rewarding discourse about the meaningful issues raised by the literature.
Founded by Editor-in-Chief Kolby Granville, ADC aims to employ quality short stories as a tool for bettering humanity. Granville, an educator, lawyer, travel writer, and outdoor enthusiast, envisioned convening a publication around our shared potential for growth through values unearthed via storytelling and civil debate. He leads a small but skilled staff of editors—like Story Editor R.K.H. Ndong bringing decades of teaching, writing, and editing expertise—and graphic designer Shawn Winchester to produce the magazine.
A team of Associate Acquisition Editors plays a crucial role soliciting and vetting submissions from authors to curate impactful fiction stories consistent with ADC’s principles. Additionally, Social Media Director Hayley Larsh helms ADC’s online reach and reading community cultivation through regular Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and newsletter content. Together this dedicated editorial staff collaborates toward the noble goal of advancing human progress through thoughtful short fiction discourse.
We seek short stories that stimulate philosophical debates around ethical questions—fiction requiring readers to expand their minds and grapple with complex dilemmas that lack clear-cut solutions. The word count sweet spot is 1,500-4,000 words. While the writing quality matters, the crux lies in sparking discourse about timeless truths. We welcome a diversity of genres provided the narrative introduces meaningful issues for discussion, not just entertainment. Successful submissions tend to present fresh takes rather than common themes like time travel, organ harvesting, euthanasia/suicide rights, memory wipes, trolley problems, and basic utilitarian trade-offs. Our select 3% acceptance demonstrates our extremely high bar for thought-provoking stories that linger. We unfortunately cannot publish novels, poems or art. Accepted authors earn $0.01 per word, and can request professional feedback for a small fee to improve their craft as ethical storytellers.
The key points include:
- Seeking stories that stimulate philosophical discourse
- Focus on fresh ethical questions/dilemmas
- 1,500-4,000 word range preferences
- 3% acceptance rate
- Cannot accept novels, poems, art
- Pays $0.01 per word for accepted stories
- Feedback available for fee from editorial staff
Anything, so long long as it asks an ethical or philosophical question. Here is a video we made to help! https://youtu.be/f02mUCJua1w
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Editors Name Kolby Granville
Print publication? Yes
Do you take online submissions? Yes
Submission Guidelines URL https://www.afterdinnerconversation.com/submissions
Approx. Response Time? 6-8 Weeks
How often do you publish? Monthly
Year Founded? 2019
Do you pay? Yes