Pennsylvania Literary Journal 27


Pennsylvania Literary Journal is a printed peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical essays, book-reviews, short stories, interviews, photographs, art, and poetry. PLJ has published works by and interviews with New York Times bestselling writers such as Geraldine Brooks, Larry Niven and Cinda Williams Chima.

Pennsylvania Literary JournalUnited States
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Submission Periods

Rolling Submission Periods: Check cut-off dates.

Genres, Styles & Subjects

AAction-AdventureOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre.
FFantasyOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre.
MMystery/CrimeOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre.
SScience FictionOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre.
TSuspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre.
 Styles:Experimental, Literary, Mainstream, Scholarly.
 Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
 Subjects:Open to all/most Subjects, including: Books/Literature, Subject/Theme(s) may vary.

Types & Lengths

VReviewno specific word count limits known; unknown number of pieces
YEssayno specific word count limits known; unknown number of pieces
PPoemno line limits known; unknown number of pieces
SShort Storyapproximately 1000 - 7500 words; unknown number of pieces

Media & Publication Frequency

PPrint PublicationPublished 3 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
FShort fictionN No monetary payment.
NShort non-fictionN No monetary payment.
PPoetryN No monetary payment.

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
FFiction OK No No OK
NNon-Fiction OK No No OK
PPoetry OK No No OK

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Before Submitting

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  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
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  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
01 Mar 2010
Last Updated:
01 Mar 2015
Last Checked:
20 May 2015