We are open for Spring Contest Issues for Online Issue 46.2 until March 19th. 

If you are interested in purchasing the newest print issue, please see the portal below.

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 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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We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest judged by Monica Youn. The winner will be published online this spring/summer in phoebe 46.2. 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 46.2. 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.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions. Please use our online submission manager. 

Greg Grummer Poetry Prize

Judge: Monica Youn

DEADLINE: March 19th!
PRIZE: $400 and publication in phoebe 46.2 (online issue)
ENTRY FEE: $9
SUBMISSION SIZE: 3 to 5 poems per submission, totaling no more than 10 pages.

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry. She has been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress, as well as residencies at Civitella Ranieri, the Rockefeller Foundation — Bellagio, Yaddo and MacDowell. Youn received her A.B. from Princeton, where she completed the Certificate Program in Creative Writing, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. After receiving her masters degree in English Literature from Oxford, she attended Yale Law School and practiced law for over a decade, testifying before Congress on multiple occasions, appearing as an expert commentator on PBS and MSNBC, and publishing political commentary in Slate and the New York Times, among other publications. She has previously taught poetry at Bennington College, Columbia University, and in the Warren Wilson and Sarah Lawrence M.F.A. programs.

Ends on March 19, 2017$9.00
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We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest judged by Patricia Park. The winner will be published online this spring/summer in phoebe 46.2. 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 46.2. 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.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions. Please use our online submission manager. 

Winter Fiction Contest

Judge: Patricia Park

DEADLINE: March 19th!
PRIZE: $400 and publication in phoebe 46.2 (online issue)
ENTRY FEE: $9
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.

Patricia Park is the author of the debut novel Re Jane (Penguin, May 2015), named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and American Library Association's Best Books of 2015. She was born and raised in Queens and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. She received her BA in English literature from Swarthmore College and her MFA in fiction from Boston University. She has taught writing at Boston University, Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, and CUNY Queens College. She was a Fulbright scholar to South Korea, an Emerging Writers fellow with The Center for Fiction, and a Fellow with the American Association of University Women. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, Daily Beast, Slice Magazine, and others. Her media appearances include MSNBC "Book Report," NPR "Here and Now," WNYC "Brian Lehrer," and CBS Radio.


We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest judged by Elena Passarello. The winner will be published online this spring/summer in phoebe 46.2. 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 46.2. 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.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions. Please use our online submission manager. 

Creative Nonfiction Prize

Judge: Elena Passarello

DEADLINE: March 19th!
PRIZE: $400 and publication in phoebe 46.2 (online issue) 
ENTRY FEE: $9
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.

Elena Passarello is the author of two essay collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and the forthcoming Animals Strike Curious Poses, both published by Sarabande Books. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Iowa Review, Slate, and the anthologies After Montaigne and Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong. Elena received the Whiting Award for nonfiction in 2015 and teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University.


Ends on January 31, 2018$2.00
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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? This would be the place to send such work our way. 

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. 
Ends on January 31, 2018

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 

This portal is only for the most recent print issue of phoebeThe price is $7 per issue. 

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
Ends on January 31, 2018$5.00
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This portal is only for ordering issues of phoebe 45.1 (Fall 2015). The price is $5 per issue. 

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