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 fiction contest judged by Belle Boggs. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe's 49.2. 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's 49.2. 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. 

 

2020 Fiction Contest
Judge: Belle Boggs

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m.
PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe's 49.2 (online issue)
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.


 Belle Boggs is the author of The Gulf: A Novel; The Art of Waiting; and Mattaponi Queen: Stories. The Art of Waiting was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and was named a best book of the year by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, the Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River, won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Atlantic MonthlyOrion, the Paris Review, Harper's, Ecotone, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of English at North Carolina State University, where she also directs the MFA program in creative writing. 

We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest judged by Jennifer Sinor. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe's 49.2. 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's 49.2. 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 2020
Judge: Jennifer Sinor

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m.
PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe's 49.2 (digital issue)
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.
 

 

Jennifer Sinor is the author of several books, including Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe and the memoir Ordinary Trauma.  Her forthcoming essay collection, Sky Songs: Meditations on Loving a Broken World, will appear in the fall of 2020 from the University of Nebraska Press, and her essays have been published in many literary journals including The American ScholarUtneCreative Nonfiction, and Gulf Coast. The recipient of the Stipend in American Modernism as well as nominations for the National Magazine Award and the Pushcart Prize, Jennifer teaches creative writing at Utah State University where she is a professor of English. She lives in Logan with her husband, poet Michael Sowder, and her two sons.

We are now accepting submissions for our annual poetry contest judged by Thea Brown. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe's 49.2. 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 49.2. 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. 

 

2020 Greg Grummer Poetry Prize
Judge: Thea Brown

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m.
PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe's 49.2 (digital issue)
SUBMISSION SIZE: 3 to 5 poems per submission, totaling no more than 10 pages.




Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Thea Brown is the author of the full-length collections Famous Times (Slope Editions, 2019) and Think of the Danger (H_NGM_N, 2016), as well as the chapbook We Are Fantastic (Petri Press, 2013). She lives in Baltimore, where she was the 2016–2017 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School, a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grant awardee, and the recipient of a 2017 UCross Foundation fellowship. 

Above all, we seek to publish quality art from artists at various stages of their careers, with an eye towards exhibiting work by emerging talent alongside work by established artists. We try to find 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. 

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. All submitted artwork will be considered for phoebe's digital (online only) issue, 49.2,  for both the cover image, as well as for featured interior art.

This portal is only for the most recent print issue of phoebe. The price is $7 per issue. We will begin fulfilling orders in mid-January. This is not a place to submit work.


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 for back issues of phoebe, ending with 48.1. The price is $6 per issue, largely to cover shipping costs. This is not a place to submit work. 


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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