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’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...
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