phoebe publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. 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 spring online issue is comprised of the winners (and possibly several honorable mentions) of our annual contests in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction
- We do not consider previously published work.
- 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.
- We allow and encourage simultaneous submissions. Please use our online submission portal to withdraw submissions. We really appreciate if you do this as soon as you know a submission is no longer available for publication.
- We ask for no more than one poetry submission of 3-5 poems, one fiction submission of up to 4,000 words, or one nonfiction submission of up to 4,000 words.
- Reporting time is up to four to six months, though usually sooner.
- Contributors to the print editions receive two copies of the journal upon publication, along with our gratitude and respect.
As readers and writers, we recognize what lives in the language: words that transform themselves, unravel themselves, obscure themselves. Works that interact, exchange, challenge, straddle the line between simplicity and indulgence. Show us work that demonstrates and interacts with the many spaces we inhabit. Works that touch the deeper parts of ourselves that we often deny. Send us things that question, morph, evolve, turn, change, and are wholly not what they seem.
—Janice Majewski, Editor
We are excited by nonfiction that faces down risk, embraces complexity, and tests the bounds of form, craft and language in an intentional way. We look for essays, from lyric to journalistic, that engage in vibrant exploration and inquiry; we look for memoir and narrative writing that explores the complications and subtleties of those expansive modes. Submitted work should be stand-alone, and should range between registers—humorous and heartbreaking, serious and absurd, surprising, delightful. Above all, however, we want nonfiction that wrestles with ideas in order to reveal larger truths about life and the world through unique lenses, representing diverse identities and voices with intellectual and emotional honesty. On our pages, we aim for a mixture of brevity and breadth, and we warmly welcome submissions from both emerging and experienced writers.
—Andrew Cartwright and Kyle François, Editor and Assistant Editor
We look for fiction that engages the head and the heart—stories that pack an emotional or intellectual punch. We are open to all ways you choose to reach this punch, from style to structure to word count, so long as you leave us feeling we have experienced something honest and affecting and human. We appreciate weirdness. We'd prefer writing that takes risks and is a bit rough around the edges over writing that is highly polished but lacks urgency or soul. We look forward to reading your work.
See here for previous online issue cover images.
Please do not use this portal to send us fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or hybrid forms. Calls for such writing will be available during our fall and spring submissions periods. Genre submissions to this portal will be promptly rejected.
Phoebe looks for reviews of literary prose and poetry titles which are recent, forthcoming, or deserving of a wider audience and additional consideration. We are especially interested in titles from independent or small presses.
Generally, the length of a review should be somewhere between 750 and 900 words, though should a review merit a longer length we’re not going to stop reading when we reach 900 words.
In general, when considering whether a review is right for Phoebe, we look at not only the book selected, but also author voice, clarity, and compelling argument which changes the way we think about a book.
—Douglas Luman, Book Review Editor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org