We are open for our annual print issue, Fall Issue 47.1, until October 22nd. 

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.
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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.

Janice Majewski, 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, Editor

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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.

-Josef Kuhn, Editor & Michelle Orabona, Assistant Editor
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Please upload an image (or several) for the phoebe staff to consider for our 47.1 print cover image. 
See here for previous online issue cover images. 

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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. 
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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
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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