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Parhelion Literary Magazine

Submissions for Halloween 2022 are closing shortly and the issue will publish in early October! Get your witch hat on.

WINTER 2023! Submissions (poetry, fiction, flash, and CNF) are open through January 1.

Features submissions are ALWAYS open.

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Parhelion publishes a Winter Issue (February) and a Summer Issue (July). We welcome submissions for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and flash, as well as regular features.

We also publish a special Halloween issue in October that is fiction only.

We are especially interested in strong voices and compelling stories. We want to connect to your work emotionally. We want to feel something when we read or view it.

  • We accept work from both new and established writers.
  • We do not accept previously published written work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but notify us if the work is selected for publication elsewhere.

Submitting

  • Please include some information about yourself in your query—who you are, previous publications, links to your social media, etc. We are happy to link our writers and artists to their professional sites so readers can find out more about you.
  • At this time, we are unable to compensate writers but it is a future goal.
  • Rights revert back to authors upon publication.

Response Times, plus some insights on how our editors work so you have an idea of what's happening

All the PLM editors work differently and have different response times.

  • Darren reads poetry and responds along the way, so he's pretty timely.
  • Elizabeth tends to skim at first and then goes back to read in-depth later; she also tends to send out responses just before publishing, which means she takes a while to hear from.
  • Stephenie response time varies and she tends to work closely with writers on editing potential pieces for publication.
  • Rebecca reads and responds to features regularly; she also reads fiction and flash with Elizabeth.

PLEASE NOTE: We do our best to respond to everyone, but if you don't receive a response in six months, that means your submission was not accepted.

Fiction, Flash, & Nonfiction

  • Stories and essays should be 3,000 words or less; we seem to go for the 8-12 page stories, although sometimes we take longer pieces.
  • Flash should be 1,000 words or less--you may submit up to three flash pieces; please put them in one document, starting each piece on a new page.
  • Novel excerpts are accepted if self-contained.

Poetry

  • We feature multiple works by several poets in each issue. Please send no more than 10 pages of poetry when you submit. That could be ONE poem or TEN.
  • Send one document, starting each poem on a new page. Do not send multiple documents.
  • We do not tend to publish poems that are overtly about politics, nature, or religion.

Features

  • Send only one article, essay, or book review at a time.
  • Submissions should be 1,500 words or less, with an emphasis on less.

Quick Links to Open Calls:

CNF Winter 2023 Free

Open

Closes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 11:59 PM EST (in 35 days)

Hello! I'm Stephenie Brown, the nonfiction editor of Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are now accepting creative nonfiction submissions for our Summer 2022 issue.

Please note: OUR CNF CRITERIA MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU ARE ACCUSTOMED TO—

Be the camera. Move the lens. Parhelion is looking for creative non-fiction that makes the reader, with the writer, witness an event or encounter another person or group. The writer may drop hints about themselves, but at Parhelion, the writer shouldn’t be the main object of study. Quotidian subjects are fine. There are no small roles, only small actors. Such topics as bread-baking, ditch-digging, computer-crashing, and lost iguanas can all be compelling when well-executed and told from a novel perspective. No need to seek out the most dramatic or devastating thing that ever happened to you. Be current, or make it current. If you are describing an event that happened more than ten years ago, make it clear in the piece itself (not in the cover letter) what brings it to mind now. Why did you wait so long to tell this story? The answer itself may interest readers. Weaving the threads of social history into current thought is part of what Parhelion is about.

Don’t re-submit because of a few typos. A typo tells us that you went back to make something better and your eyes were so glazed from studying every word that you did not catch the typo. It happens to everyone; we won’t even care. Only resubmit if your changes alter the meaning or direction of the submission.

To help make the formatting process easier for us, please do the following to your word doc submission:

  • Put your name and email address at the top of the page, followed by the bio you'd want us to publish if your submission is selected; then your story.
  • Single space after periods so we do not have to go through and delete all the double spaces.
General Guidelines:
  • Send one CNF submission at a time
  • Double-space and use size 12 font
  • Length: up to approximately 3,500 words, give or take
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine; let us know if they get picked up elsewhere
  • We do not accept previously published work
Thank you for considering Parhelion!

Features Free

Open

Closes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 11:59 PM EST (in 35 days)

My name is Rebecca Moon Ruark and I’m the Features Editor for Parhelion Literary Magazine.

Under the general “features” umbrella, I’m looking for short (1,000 words plus or minus, probably minus) pieces that fall into one of the following categories:

  • fun articles or listicles on literary or other arts organizations or events in the Richmond area or beyond.
  • craft or personal essays that address the writer’s life or the artist’s life; your piece can focus on any stage of the creative process or issue you think will resonate with contributors to and readers of a literary magazine.
  • reviews (not reports) of books Submit reviews of recently-published (not self-published) books written for adults (I can stretch to YA if it’s literary), along with upcoming titles.
  • pitch a book review or author interview to me

***Make us care. Think less academic, more conversational. We’re all friends here.***

I’m interested in literary novels and full-length or chapbook-length collections of stories. (Please no genre fiction; those guys get plenty of press.)

I’m also interested in literary memoir and poetry and essay collections, so long as “essay” doesn’t swing too academic or inaccessible. Debut publication reviews are always exciting, since we get to discover a new author, as are books from indie and smaller publishers (like university presses), which don’t receive as many reviews as the big guys.

***Whatever you review, remember that your book review should stand on its own as creative commentary we can enjoy—whether we pick up the book or not.***

Parhelion publishes both established and emerging writers, so I hope you will try us out.

Send us your best work and follow these guidelines:

  • Send only one article, essay, or book review at a time. Feature submissions are on a rolling basis, as are published posts.
  • In your cover letter, provide a brief (1–3 sentence) bio; include a few previous publications, if you’ve got them; and provide the web addresses to your website or social media, so we can share them with our readers and they can find out more about you.
  • Format your article, essay, or book review like the posts you find on the Parhelion Literary Magazine blog (single space, no indentation, space between paragraphs, and 12 point font, please).
  • Submissions should be 1,500 words or less, with an emphasis on less.
  • Simultaneous submissions are encouraged; just let me know if your piece gets picked up by another journal and withdraw your (single) submission to Parhelion.
  • If we accept your piece, I may offer suggestions for edits—it’s cool, I used to teach English 101.
  • If you're reviewing a book, include the book’s publisher, price, page numbers, and a link to the publisher’s website so our readers can purchase their own copy.

Books I'd love to see a review of...

Passiflora, from Cider Press Review; My Bright Last Country by Jane Craven (Cloudbank Books 2020); Noise of the World by George Franklin (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020); The Very Small Mammoths of Wrangel Island by Craig Finlay (Urban Farmhouse Press 2021); Families and other Natural Disasters by Anita Goveas; House Burning and other Ruins by William R. Soldan, In the Lobby of the Dream Hotel: Stories by Genevieve Plunkett.

Fiction Winter 2023 Free

Open

Closes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 11:59 PM EST (in 35 days)

Hello! I'm Elizabeth Varel, the fiction editor of Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are now accepting short story submissions for our Summer 2022 issue. To get an idea of what we publish, please visit our website. We're looking forward to reading your work!

To help make the formatting process easier for me, please do the following to your word doc submission:

  • Put your name and email address first at the top of the page, followed by the bio you'd want us to publish if your submission is selected, then your story.
  • Single space after periods so I do not have to go through and delete all the double spaces.
General guidelines:
  • Send one submission at a time
  • Double-space and stick with size 12 font
  • Length: up to approximately 3,500 words, give or take
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if they get picked up elsewhere
  • We do not accept previously published work

Thank you for considering Parhelion!

Flash Fiction Winter 2023 Free

Open

Closes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 11:59 PM EST (in 35 days)

Hello! I'm Elizabeth Varel, the fiction editor of Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are now accepting flash submissions for our Summer 2022 issue. To get an idea of what we publish, please visit our website. We are looking forward to reading your work!

To help make the formatting process easier for me, please do the following to your word doc submission:

  • Put your name and email address first at the top of the page, followed by the bio you'd want us to publish if your submission is selected, then your story.
  • Single space after periods so I do not have to go through and delete all the double spaces.
General guidelines:
  • We accept up to three flash pieces per submission.
  • Please put everything in one word document so we can easily read through it.
  • Flash can be either fiction or CNF--please note which it is.
  • A single flash piece should be no more than 1,000 words.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if they get picked up elsewhere
  • We do not accept previously published work
Thank you for considering Parhelion!

Poetry Winter 2023 Free

Open

Closes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 11:59 PM EST (in 35 days)

We are currently accepting poetry submissions for our Winter 2023 issue. To get an idea of what we accept, please check out our previous issues.

Guidelines: Parhelion features multiple works by several poets in each issue. Please send your best poetry and any number of poems, not to exceed 10 pages. SEND ALL POEMS IN ONE DOCUMENT. Start each poem on a new page. We typically publish five poems or about five pages per author.

*We resist experimental formatting trends and unnecessary line spacing.* (It is difficult to reflect difficult formatting and excessive tabs in our final online copy.)

  • SEND ALL POEMS IN ONE DOCUMENT, each poem starting on a new page. We reserve the right NOT to read your submission if you ignore this request.
  • Biographies are typically read after we read your submission, so we place little to no importance on your credentials.
  • Standard size-12 font, single-spaced formatting
  • No accompanying visuals or graphics can be processed at this time.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if they get picked up elsewhere.
  • We do not accept previously published work.
  • If accepted for publication, we require an author's note or short essay on the work or any topic related to poetry or your process.
Thank you for considering Parhelion!