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Pithead Chapel an online literary journal

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Pithead Chapel is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in 2012 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We publish art, fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry online every month by emerging and established artists.
At Pithead Chapel, we’re looking for engaging art, fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry. Most of all, we want your work to make us feel something. We want to reach the last word and immediately crave more. We want your work to leave a brilliant bruise. Send us your polished work and we’ll do our best to help your voice get heard.

Voluntary Fees: This project accepts voluntary fees for "tip jar" submissions.
Submission Caps: They may close to submissions early if they reach their quota. Check before submitting.
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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2012

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year.

Fiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 4,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Essay EssayUp to 4,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 4,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Memoir.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Prose poetry.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork ArtworkUp to 3 pieces.
Art Media:

Painting, Photography.

Art Styles:

Open to all/most Art Styles.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Image.


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Pithead Chapel Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the 25 Fastest Fiction Publishers in our database.
This project ranks among the 25 Fastest Nonfiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 453 reports from 322 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 7.3 mean avg | 5.0 median | 173 max days (10.0 std dev)
Responses97.35 %
Acceptances3.75 % of submissions accepted (8.8 avg. days per acceptance) | 5.28 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections93.60 % (7.4 avg. days per rejection) | 8.5 % personal, 61.6 % form, 30.0 % unspecified
Non-Responses2.65 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals2.65 % (3.7 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending11 responses are pending (2 min | 36.3 mean avg | 13.0 median | 157 max days waiting | 49.5 std dev) from 11 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 60 days. (0.4 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 60 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 60 days have passed.
The most common submission tip paid: USD $5.00. (14.4 % reported giving a tip.)
Most submissions are acknowledged within one day.
Most recent response reported was received on 22 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 16 Jul 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 08 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 29 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 08 Jun 2012

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