phoebe prides itself on supporting up-and-coming writers, whose style, form, voice, and subject matter demonstrate a vigorous appeal to the senses, intellect, and emotions of our readers. We choose our writers because we believe their work succeeds at its goals, whether its goals are to uphold or challenge literary tradition.

We insist on openness, which means we welcome both experimental and conventional prose and poetry, and we insist on being entertained, which means the work must capture and hold our attention, whether it be the potent language of a poem or the narrative mechanics of a short story. Above all, we seek to publish quality writing. Please review website publications, especially our latest online issue, for an idea of the caliber of writing we publish.

We produce a print issue in fall/winter and an online issue in spring/summer. We’re generally open for submissions from late summer to early fall for the print issue and from mid-winter to early spring for the online issue. The online issue is comprised of the winners (and possibly several honorable mentions) of our annual contests in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

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Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction 

  • We only accept submissions via our online submission portal, Submittable, linked below. 
  • We do not consider previously published work.
  • We do not have a strict word limit for prose; however, work over 4,000 words will need to be extraordinary.
  • Regarding flash prose, we are happy to accept up to three pieces of less than 1,000 words each. Please paste these together in a single document and submit them via the standard fiction or nonfiction portal.
  • Poetry submissions should contain 3-5 pieces.
  • We welcome multiple submissions, but each should follow the guidelines above.
  • We allow and encourage simultaneous submissions. If your submission is no longer available for publication, please use our online submission portal to withdraw it as soon as possible. If you need to withdraw a single poem or piece of flash prose, please add a note to your submission and email us at phoebeliterature@gmail.com.
  • If you have not heard from us in 60 days, feel free to inquire about the status of your submission.
  • Writers, we prefer that you submit your work as a Word Document or another similar processing system, rather than as a PDF. Visual Artists may use PDFs to submit multiple works of art, but should be prepared with a high-resolution version of their files upon their work's acceptance to the journal.
  • If you’ve submitted to phoebe in the past, or if you’ve been published in our journal before, you are welcome to submit your work again.
  • Contributors to the print editions receive two copies of the journal upon publication, along with our gratitude and respect.

We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest judged by jos charles. The winner will be published online this spring/summer in phoebe 48.2. We encourage you to take a look at our previous contest winners. Only contest winners will win prize money, but we hope to publish some outstanding honorable mentions alongside our prize winner in phoebe 48.2. We look forward to reading your work. Submit online and send us the best you’ve got!
The Basics

  • All entries should include a cover letter with the submission’s title and author’s contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address).
  • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • You may submit multiple entries of 3-5 poems, but must pay an entry fee for each new submission.
  • Please submit your work via Word Document or a similar processing system, if possible.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions. Please use our online submission manager. 


Greg Grummer Poetry Prize

Judge: jos charles

DEADLINE: March 30th!
PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 48.2 (online issue)
ENTRY FEE: $9
SUBMISSION SIZE: 3 to 5 poems per submission, totaling no more than 10 pages.



Trans poet, writer, translator, and intertextual artist jos charles is the author of the poetry collections Safe Space (Ahsahta Press, 2016) and feeld (Milkweed Editions, 2018), a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah. She is the founding-editor of THEM, the first trans literary journal in the US, and engages in direct gender justice work with a variety of organizations and performers. charles's poetry has appeared in Poetrymagazine, PEN, Washington Square ReviewBLOOM, Denver Quarterly, Action Yes, The Feminist Wire, The Capilano Review, and elsewhere.

charles earned her MFA from the University of Arizona. In 2016, charles was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Long Beach, California.

We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest judged by Jon Pineda. The winner will be published online this spring/summer in phoebe 48.2. We encourage you to take a look at our previous contest winners. Only contest winners will win prize money, but we hope to publish some outstanding honorable mentions alongside our prize winner in phoebe 48.2. We look forward to reading your work. Submit online and send us the best you’ve got!


The Basics

  • All entries should include a cover letter with the submission’s title and author’s contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address).
  • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • You may submit multiple entries, but must pay an entry fee for each new submission.
  • Please submit your work in a Word Document or another similar processing system, if possible.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions. Please use our online submission manager. 


2019 Fiction Contest

Judge: Jon Pineda

DEADLINE: March 30th!
PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 48.2 (online issue)
ENTRY FEE: $9
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.


Poet, memoirist, and novelist Jon Pineda earned his BA from James Madison University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. His first collection of poetry, Birthmark (2004), won the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. Selected by Ralph Burns, the book received praise for its complex evocation of memory, childhood, and loss. His other collections include The Translator’s Diary (2008), winner of the Green Rose Prize, and Little Anodynes (2015), winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award for poetry. 

Pineda's memoir, Sleep in Me (2010), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Library Journal Best Book of 2010, and a Publishers Weekly “Indie Sleepers” Pick. He is also the author of the novels Apology (2013), which won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, and Let's No One Get Hurt (2018).  Pineda’s honors and awards include a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. He has taught in the Kundiman Asian American Writers Retreat, the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, Old Dominion University, and the University of Mary Washington. Currently, he teaches creative writing at the College of William and Mary and lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative  nonfiction contest judged by Rachel Arndt. The winner will be published online this  spring/summer in phoebe 48.2. We encourage you to take a look at our  previous contest winners. Only contest winners will win prize money, but we hope to  publish some outstanding honorable mentions alongside our prize  winner in phoebe 48.2. We look forward to reading your work. Submit  online, and send us the best you’ve got!


The Basics

  • All entries should include a cover letter with the submission’s title and author’s contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address).
  • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • You may submit multiple entries, but must pay an entry fee for each new submission.
  • Please submit your work in a Word Document or another similar processing system, if possible.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions. Please use our online submission manager. 

Creative Nonfiction Contest 2019

Judge: Rachel Arndt

DEADLINE: March 30th!
PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 48.2 (online issue)
ENTRY FEE: $9
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.

Rachel Z. Arndt is the author of the essay collection Beyond Measure (Sarabande, 2018). She received an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MFA in nonfiction from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and nonfiction editor of the Iowa Review. Her writing has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Quartz, The Believer, Fast Company, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.

Please upload an image (or several) for the phoebe staff to consider for our 48.2 online issue cover image and inside art. 

See here for previous issue cover images. 


This portal is only for the most recent print issue of phoebeThe price is $7 per issue. 

For contributors: You will be mailed two copies to the address that you provide. If you'd like any additional copies, please order from this portal. 

Note: Because we are a graduate-run literary journal, during our winter (mid-December through January) and summer breaks (May through August), we will not be mailing out journals. When we return from break, we will send them to you. During school semesters (fall and spring), we'll be able to mail out your order within two weeks. 

We use good ol' USPS Media Mail and will only be able to fulfill domestic orders.  


For questions, or to inquire about back issues, email phoebeliterature@gmail.com
This portal is only for the most recent print issue of phoebeThe price is $7 per issue. 

For contributors: You will be mailed two copies to the address that you provide. If you'd like any additional copies, please order from this portal. 

Note: Because we are a graduate-run literary journal, during our winter (mid-December through January) and summer breaks (May through August), we will not be mailing out journals. When we return from break, we will send them to you. During school semesters (fall and spring), we'll be able to mail out your order within two weeks. 

We use good ol' USPS Media Mail and will only be able to fulfill domestic orders.  


For questions, or to inquire about back issues, email phoebeliterature@gmail.com
Ends on January 31, 2020$6.00
$6.00

This portal is for back issues of phoebe, ending with 46.1. The price is $6 per issue, largely to cover shipping costs.


Please include which back issue you are requesting in your cover letter, along with your mailing address.


Note: Because we are a graduate-run literary journal, during our winter (mid-December through January) and summer breaks (May through August), we will not be mailing out journals. When we return from break, we will send them to you. During school semesters (fall and spring), we'll be able to mail out your order within two weeks. 

We use good ol' USPS Media Mail and will only be able to fulfill domestic orders.  

For questions, or to inquire about back issues, email phoebeliterature@gmail.com

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