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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Phoebe is now open for submissions! Submit your fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or art to us to be considered for our 51.2 issue.

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 may contain 3-5 pieces but may total no more than 10 pages.
  • 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 or email us at phoebeliterature@gmail.com.
  • We strive to respond to submissions 30 days after the submissions period closes. If you have not heard from us 60 days after the submissions period closes, 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 one copy of the journal upon publication, along with our gratitude and respect.
  • phoebe does not accept submissions from current or former students of George Mason University’s creative writing program or any other affiliates of George Mason University. If you have a question regarding your eligibility, please send us an email at phoebeliterature@gmail.com.
  • Regarding our spring contests, the payment of a monetary prize is subject to U.S. laws and regulations, including those that prohibit payments to persons from or who reside in countries subject to U.S. sanctions.

phoebe welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, ages, abilities, military statuses, and other distinguishing identity traits. phoebe also welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all genres, styles, and aesthetics. phoebe makes every effort to be open to all and closed to no one.

Early Bird Special 50% Off Submission Fee Only Through 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 23! 

We are now accepting submissions for our annual poetry contest. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe 51.2. 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 51.2. 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.

Judge: Emily Wilson

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m. PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 51.2 (digital issue)

SUBMISSION SIZE: Up to five (5) poems per submission.

phoebe welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, ages, abilities, military statuses, and other distinguishing identity traits. phoebe also welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all genres, styles, and aesthetics. phoebe makes every effort to be open to all and closed to no one.

Early Bird Special 50% Off Submission Fee Only Through 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 23!

We are now accepting submissions for our annual fiction contest. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe 51.2. 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 51.2. 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.

Judge: Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke has published nine novels, a book of short fiction, and 12 collections of poetry—most recently, Lightning Falls in Love (Copper Canyon, 2021). She has received the National Book Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was long-listed for the National Book Award. Three of her novels have been made into feature-length films, and her most recent novel (Mind of Winter) is being produced as a television mini-series. She teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is the Theodore Roethke Distinguished University Professor of English. 

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m. PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 51.2 (digital issue)

SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.

phoebe welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, ages, abilities, military statuses, and other distinguishing identity traits. phoebe also welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all genres, styles, and aesthetics. phoebe makes every effort to be open to all and closed to no one.

Early Bird Special 50% Off Submission Fee Only Through 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 23!

We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe 51.2. 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 51.2. 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.

Judge: Jami Attenberg 

Jami Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, Slate, and others. All This Could Be Yours was published in 2019 by HMH Books and Serpent’s Tail (UK), as well as in Italy, Germany, China, and Brazil. Her work has been published in a total of sixteen languages.

Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 and has been optioned by Fable Pictures. Her sixth book, All Grown Up, was published in 2017 and was a national bestseller, appearing on numerous year-end lists. 

Her memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home, was published in January 2022 by Ecco Books and Serpent’s Tail (UK).

She lives in New Orleans, LA.

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m. PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 51.2 (digital issue)   

SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.

phoebe welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, ages, abilities, military statuses, and other distinguishing identity traits. phoebe also welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all genres, styles, and aesthetics. phoebe makes every effort to be open to all and closed to no one.

Above all, we seek to publish quality art from artists at various stages of their careers, with an eye towards artwork that illustrates a narrative or conveys an emotion, as we believe in the importance of both visual and textual storytelling. See here for images we've featured in our journal. Since we want to incorporate more artwork into our digital and print editions, it's free to submit visual art. Furthermore, pieces chosen for the print issue will also be featured on our website.

To submit, please upload between one and five high-resolution images. Files should be uploaded as a .png, .tif, or a high-quality .jpeg with at least 300 dpi and a size of at least 1 MB. PDFs also are acceptable. All submitted artwork will be considered for phoebe's print issue, 51.2, for both the cover image, as well as for pieces featured with writing from the issue.

phoebe welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, ages, abilities, military statuses, and other distinguishing identity traits. phoebe also welcomes and hopes to see literary and visual art from writers and artists of all genres, styles, and aesthetics. phoebe makes every effort to be open to all and closed to no one.

This portal is only for the purchase of 51.1, the most recent print issue of phoebe. The price is $7 per issue.

For contributors: You will be mailed one copy to the address that you provided. If you'd like any additional copies, please order through 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 academic 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.

50.1 


This portal is only for the purchase of 50.1, the most recent print issue of phoebe. The price is $7 per issue. 

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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This portal is for back issues of phoebe, including the following: 39.1, 39.2, 36.2, 37.1 and 37.2. The price is $6 per issue.

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 ole' 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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