Parhelion Literary Magazine welcomes submissions for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and flash, as well as regular features for our blog. We are especially interested in strong voices, compelling stories, and innovative narrative technique. The same general thinking applies to visual art as well: thought provoking, innovative, eye-catching. Most importantly, 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/artists.
  • We do not accept previously published written work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere.

Submitting

  • Please include some information about yourself in your query—who you are, previous publications (no need to list 50), 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.
  • Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission. 
  • Rights revert back to authors upon publication.

Fiction, Flash, & Nonfiction

  • Stories and essays should be around 5,000 words or less; flash 2,000 words or less.
  • 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
  • Typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. font
  • Send one .doc, .docx, or .pdf file; start each poem on a new page
  • We do not tend to publish poems that are overtly about politics, nature, or religion.

Photography

  • Please review the photography we've published before submitting.
  • You can attach images, but if you have an Instagram page, a gallery site, or any other place your art lives on the Internet, please include it in your submission. Leeta wants to see it.

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.

***This is NOT a call for poetry submissions. Please read the guidelines. Thanks!***

My name is Rebecca Moon Ruark and I’m the Features Editor for Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are currently accepting features for publication at the Parhelion Literary Magazine blog between issues, which are published in February, June, and October. 

***For June Features, we are still looking for pieces focusing on fathers/fatherhood--although we are not completely limited to this theme.***

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.

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

  • reviews (not reports) of books other than your own (but, congrats!). 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 title/book review idea to me, if you think it might be a good one, but please read on first***

I’ll admit my bias as a fiction writer and tell you I’m especially 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. See below for a running list of books I'd love to see reviewed. But read the guidelines first.*** 

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 (this may change). (Not sure, send me a pitch!)

Fiction: FLOOD by Melissa Scholes Young; Like Lions by Brian Panowich; RIPPLES by ; UNLEAVING (YA) by Melissa Ostrom; COSTALEGRE by Courtney Maum; THE BOATBUILDER by Daniel Gumbiner; FIRE SERMON by Jamie Quatro; COYOTE SONGS by Gabino Iglesias

Nonfiction: FURIOUS HOURS by Casey Cep; GATHER AT THE RIVER edited by David Joy with Eric Rickstad; memoir THE CHRONOLOGY OF WATER by Lidia Yuknavitch

Poetry: THE CARRYING by Ada Limon; BROWN by Kevin Young


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Hello! My name is Leeta Harding and I'm the Art Director for Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are currently accepting submissions for the October 2019 issue. The deadline is August 31. 

Our October issue has a Halloween theme. Think spooky, dark, seasonal. Please review the photography we've featured in previous issues to get an idea of what we look for. I'm excited to see your submissions! 

Some keywords:

portraits, urban, eclectic, authentic, imperfect, rustic, color, vibrant, style, energetic, emotional, connection, rural, international, southern, gothic

  • Rather than attach images, I prefer to see your online gallery, whether that's Instagram or a personal website. Please include appropriate links. 
  • Please DO NOT submit multiple images through this platform (and DO NOT pay to submit multiple times!) If you do not have an online gallery, consider waiting to submit to us until you do.
  • As you can see from the magazine, I select 15-30 images from contributing photographers. I will ask you for an overall title as well as individual titles for your images.
  • If selected, we ask for a brief artist's statement about your work. 

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing your best work—

Leeta


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My name is Darren Morris and I'm the Poetry Editor for Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are currently accepting poetry submissions for our October issue. The deadline for this issue is August 31

Our whole staff loves Halloween and we're excited about October because we're going dark. It's a theme! For some general guidelines, keep in mind we skew literary/upmarket. Think Henry James's Turn of the Screw and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. We're not looking for blatant horror or vampires and werewolves (we do, however, like ghosts and witches and magical realism). We're looking for smart, complex, thought-provoking pieces that weave in elements of the spooky season. 

Guidelines:

Parhelion features 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. We don't tend to publish poems that are overtly about politics, nature, or religion.

  • Please query with a bit about yourself, a few previous publications (not 50), and links to your website or social media sites. We are happy share your links so readers can find out more about you.
  • Please double-space and stick with size 12 font
  • Single-spaced
  • Attach word doc
  • Start each poem on a new page
  • No accompanying visuals or graphics
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, just let us know if they get picked up elsewhere
  • We do not accept previously published work
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Hello! I'm Stephenie Brown, the nonfiction editor of Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are now accepting creative nonfiction submissions for our October 2019 issue.  Please note "creative nonfiction" should tell a story. We're not a scholarly journal and we don't publish research papers. 

Our whole staff loves Halloween and we're excited about the October issue because we're going dark. It's a theme! For some general guidelines, keep in mind we skew literary/upmarket. Think Henry James's Turn of the Screw and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. I realize those are stories, but you get the idea. We're not looking for vampires, werewolves, or blatant horror. We do have a soft spot for ghost stories and witches. Overall we're looking for smart, complex, thought-provoking pieces that weave in elements of the spooky season. 

We can't wait to read what you come up with for our Halloween issue. Knock our socks off with your spellbinding essays! 

Guidelines: 

  • Please send one CNF submission at a time 
  • Please query with a bit about yourself, a few previous publications (not 50), and links to your website or social media sites
  • Please double-space and stick with size 12 font
  • Length: up to approximately 5,000 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 to publish your writing!

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Hello! I'm Elizabeth Varel, the fiction editor of Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are now accepting flash submissions for our October 2019 issue. 

Our whole staff loves Halloween and we're excited about the October issue because we're going dark. It's a theme! For some general guidelines, keep in mind we skew literary/upmarket. Think Henry James's Turn of the Screw and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.  I realize those are not flash pieces, but you get the gist. We're not looking for blatant horror or vampires and werewolves (we do, however, like ghost stories and witches and magical realism). 

We're looking for smart, complex, thought-provoking pieces that weave in elements of the spooky season. We can't wait to read what you come up with for our Halloween issue. Knock our socks off with your spellbinding tales! 

Guidelines: 

  • Send one submission at a time 
  • Send as a word doc
  • Please query with a bit about yourself, a few previous publications (not 50), and links to your website or social media sites
  • Double-space and stick with size 12 font
  • Length: up to approximately 1,000 words or less
  • 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 to publish your work!

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Hello! I'm Elizabeth Varel, the fiction editor of Parhelion Literary Magazine. We are now accepting submissions for our October 2019 issue. 

Our whole staff loves Halloween and we're excited about the October issue because we're going dark. It's a theme! For some general guidelines, keep in mind we skew literary/upmarket. Think Henry James's Turn of the Screw and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.  We're not looking for blatant horror or vampires and werewolves (we do, however, like ghost stories and witches and magical realism). We're looking for smart, complex, thought-provoking pieces that weave in elements of the spooky season. 

We can't wait to read what you come up with for our Halloween issue. Knock our socks off with your spellbinding tales! 

Guidelines: 

  • Send one submission at a time 
  • Send as a word doc 
  • Please query with a bit about yourself, a few previous publications (not 50), and links to your website or social media sites
  • Double-space and stick with size 12 font
  • Length: up to approximately 5,000 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 to publish your work!

Parhelion Literary Magazine