Submissions are open for Issue 46.1 until October 17th! 

If you're interested in purchasing the newest print issue, please see the note below.

Phoebe Journal of Literature and Art 
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 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 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.
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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.

—Douglas Luman and Janice Majewski, Editor and Assistant Editor

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We look for fiction that sticks with us—characters, moments, voices that linger long after the story has concluded on the page. We are open to all ways you choose to reach this emotional punch—from style to structure to word count, so long as you leave us feeling we have truly experienced something human and honest and affecting. We look forward to reading your work.

—Sarah Bates and Joey Kuhn, Editor and Assistant Editor

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We are drawn to nonfiction that rings with emotional and intellectual honesty. We look for insight brought about by evocative imagery, deft language, and narrators who work past easy answers. We especially love writing that offers a unique sense of humor. To us, part of the power of nonfiction resides in its use of reality to reach larger truths, and we admire writers who embrace this challenge. We receive mostly personal essays rooted in narrative, but we also encourage you to share your meditative, lyric, and satiric work, as well as your literary journalism, memoir, and hybrid forms. We aim for a blend of brevity and expansiveness, publishing work that ranges from 250 to 4,000 words. Whether you’re seeking your first, fiftieth, or five-hundredth publication, we look forward to reading your work.

—Andrew Cartwright and Ryan McDonald, Co-Editors

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 

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Have something that doesn't fit our genre specifications but which would be great for our blog? Perhaps an interview, a bit of bookish miscellany, or even a literary listicle? This would be the place to send such work our way. 

This, however, should not be used to send us fiction, poetry, or nonfiction during our Spring contests or during periods when we are closed for submissions. Such submissions will be promptly rejected. 

This portal is only for the most recent print issue. The price is $7/issue because of the $1 submittable fee. If you prefer to send a check for $6, you may do so, but please follow the guidelines here:http://www.phoebejournal.com/print-issues/

To order back issues, please see http://www.phoebejournal.com/print-issues/. For back issues, we'll only accept a mailed check for $6 payable to Phoebe-GMU

For contributors: You will be mailed two copies to the address provided. If you'd like any additional copies, please follow the above guidelines. 

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, email phoebeliterature@gmail.com
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The price is $7/issue because of the $1 submittable fee. If you prefer to send a check for $6, you may do so, but please follow the guidelines here:http://www.phoebejournal.com/print-issues/

To order back issues, please see http://www.phoebejournal.com/print-issues/. For back issues, we'll only accept a mailed check for $6 payable to Phoebe-GMU

For contributors: You will be mailed two copies to the address provided. If you'd like any additional copies, please follow the above guidelines. 

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, email phoebeliterature@gmail.com