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.

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Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction 

  • We only accept submissions via our online submission portal, Submittable, linked below. 
  • 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. 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 phoebeliterature@gmail.com.
  • If you have not heard from us in 60 days, feel free to inquire about the status of your submission.
  • Writers, we prefer that you submit your work as a Word Document or another similar processing system, rather than as a PDF. Visual Artists may use PDFs to submit multiple works of art, but should be prepared with a high-resolution version of their files upon their work's acceptance to the journal.
  • 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.

We look for fiction that engages the head and the heart—stories that pack an emotional and intellectual punch. We are open to all ways you choose to reach this: from style to structure to word count, so long as you leave us feeling we have experienced something honest and human. We appreciate weirdness. We'd prefer writing that takes risks over writing that lacks urgency or soul. 

-Lindley Estes & Zachary Barnes, Fiction Editor and Assistant Editor

As poets, we want to see poems that are aware of themselves and their material(s). We want to see poems interacting with their status as language on a page. Specifically, we like to read poems with an awareness of self and place, how selfhood and being placed both reinforce each other and prepare the speaker for externality, politically and otherwise. Experience, image, and getting lost in the process of poetry itself as starting points and endpoints. As such, we are currently encouraging more queer and trans poetics as a methodology for dealing with these issues, not as a stopgap but as a throughline. 

—Blake Wallin & Millie Tullis, Poetry Editor & Assistant 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.  
—Abi Newhouse & Sarah Wilson, Nonfiction Editor and Assistant Editor

Please upload between one and five images for the phoebe staff to consider for our 49.1 print issue cover image and featured visual art. See here for images we've featured in our journal. We love textured pieces, object photography, and more abstract artwork. We don't have a preference for the medium, but we don't typically feature photo journalism, old family photos, or unfinished sketches. We try to find artwork that illustrates a narrative or conveys an emotion, as we believe in the importance of both visual and textual storytelling. 

-Rachel Purdy & Melissa Wade, Art Editor & Assistant Editor



This portal is only for the most recent print issue of phoebe. The price is $7 per issue. This is not a place to submit work. 


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

This portal is for back issues of phoebe, ending with 47.1. The price is $6 per issue, largely to cover shipping costs. This is not a place to submit work. 


Please include which back issue you are requesting in your cover letter, along with your mailing address.


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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