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 30 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 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 Danielle Evans. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe 50.2. 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 50.2. 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: Danielle Evans

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m.

PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 50.2 (online issue)

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

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collections The Office of Historical Corrections and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Her work has won awards and honors including the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Hurston-Wright award for fiction, and the Paterson Prize for fiction. She is a 2011 National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree and a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Her stories have appeared in magazines including The Paris Review, A Public Space, American Short Fiction, Callaloo, The Sewanee Review, and Phoebe, and have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2010, 2017, and 2018, and in New Stories From The South. She received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, previously taught creative writing at American University in Washington DC and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and currently teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest judged by Lilly Dancyger. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe 50.2. 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 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: Lilly Dancyger

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m.

PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 50.2 (digital issue)

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


Lilly Dancyger is a contributing editor at Catapult, and assistant editor at Barrelhouse Books. She's the author of Negative Space, a reported and illustrated memoir selected by Carmen Maria Machado as one of the winners of the 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards; and the editor of Burn it Down, a critically acclaimed anthology of essays on women's anger from Seal Press. Lilly's writing has been published by Longreads, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, Glamour, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and more. Find her on Twitter here.

We are now accepting submissions for our annual poetry contest judged by Sabrina Orah Mark. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe 50.2. 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 50.2. 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: Sabrina Orah Mark

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m.

PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe 50.2 (digital issue)

SUBMISSION SIZE: 3 to 5 poems per submission, totaling no more than 10 pages.



Sabrina Orah Mark Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections, The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Wild Milk, her first book of fiction, is recently out from Dorothy, a publishing project. Happily, her collection of essays on fairytales and motherhood which began as a monthly column in The Paris Review, is forthcoming from Random House. You can read more about her at www.sabrinaorahmark.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. 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, including the following: 39.1, 39.2, 36.2, 37.1, 37.2, and 40.2. 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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