Parhelion Literary Magazine 

HALLOWEEN 2022! Submissions are open through September 30.

Submissions for Summer 2022 are closed — issue publishes early August.  


Parhelion publishes a Winter Issue (February), a Summer Issue (July), and a Halloween Issue (October—fiction/flash only). We welcome submissions for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and flash, as well as regular features. We are especially interested in strong voices, compelling stories, and innovative narrative technique. 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 immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere.


  • 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 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 tends to work closely with writers on editing potential pieces for publication.

  • We do our best to respond to everyone, but if you don't receive a response, that means your submission was not accepted. 

Fiction, Flash, & Nonfiction

  • Stories and essays should be around 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.


  • 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.
  • We do not tend to publish poems that are overtly about politics, nature, or religion.


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

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

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