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.
phoebe: publishing original work since 1971.
Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We strive to respond to submissions within 30 days. If you have not heard from us in 60 days, feel free to inquire about the status of your submission.
- 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.
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.
mélange Web Content
Do you have writing that doesn’t fit our genre specifications but which would be great for publication in mélange? Perhaps an interview, a bit of bookish miscellany, a link roundup, or even a literary listicle? We’re always open for non-genre web content.
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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 email@example.com