Check, check.

Bail Bonds, Tom Brennan

That’s like a sound check. Can anyone hear me? Some of you might be out and about getting ready for the holidays but we’re busy at work on issue four because that’s how we roll. I CANNOT believe it’s time for the fourth issue already and I cannot believe the dedication and commitment of my team, considering they don’t get paid anything. It’s all about what we love, the connections we’re making, and the people we support.

Right now I am fooling around the layout and updating photos…let me know if you like it! And if you see anything weird or off, I’m working on it…

We’ve gotten a lot of submissions and we’re about to close those down at the end of the month (if you submit after the 30th, you’ll be considered for the next issue). Thank you to all the submitters who follow our guidelines! I have decided that it’s not necessary for us to read submissions if they do not follow the guidelines. We have too much to do, people.

Okay, this was just a quick hello! Happy holidays…


Issue #3 is live & other news

Hello from rainy, dreary Richmond, Virginia, where I hope it will not rain all winter. I’m sure you already know this but issue 3 is out there for your viewing pleasure. A big thanks to everyone involved in getting it ready to publish, from our contributors to our editors and proofreaders.

I’m keeping an eye on our analytics and the number of visitors we have is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, we are not online to be popular, but it’s nice to know our audience is growing. That means more and more people are seeing our contributor’s work.

Some news….

Please follow us on Instragram. Leeta has taken over and is posting regularly. You’ll see the contributors from our issue featured there as well as everything else she posts! She’s a bit IG-obsessed so you can expect a lot more from our feed as time goes on.


We’re on target to publish in early January. We’ve updated our submissions guidelines so please check them out, especially the art guidelines. We are moving toward photography and away from other formats. For fiction/flash/nonfiction we are suffering from death fatigue, so the less death you can send us, the better. We are not against stories that revolve around death (heck we publish them), we’d just like to see something else in the queue. So far, so good, so thank you for reading our guidelines.

Other content

We’re slowly working toward providing other content like interviews and articles but this hasn’t been easy to pull off with our individual workloads. Stay tuned!


Stay tuned for issue #3 this week



We’re putting the final touches on the third issue for publication on November 1. We’ll announce when it’s ready on social media. Thank you to all of our contributors and to my hard working staff of editors who do lots of work just because they love it.

If you’re interested in submitting for the January issue, we’re accepting submissions between November 1 and November 30. Anything we receive after that will be considered for the April 2019 issue.

We’ve updated our submission policy for art. Going forward, we’ll be focusing on photography and illustration. Artists, please take note of the changes to our requirements.

Thank you for your patience and continued interest in our publication. We appreciate your support!

Finally, have a Happy Halloween.

—Elizabeth et al


Best of the Net Nominations!

Life is just more interesting with you in it

Hello gentle readers and happy Thursday. We’d like to share our nominations for the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology with you. Our nominees are: (drum roll please)

My Friend Sandra by Colleen Curran

Return to the Coondog Castle by Ashleigh Bryant Phillips

The Future of Anywhere by A.M. Brandt

Days of 1960 by Kenneth Pobo

Talus by Matthew Ryan Shelton

Names of Exotic Gods and Children by Valley Haggard

The Gift of Summer by Patrica A. Smith

Congratulations, nominees!!! To find out more about Best of the Net and Sundress Publications, pay them a visit online.

Art by David Robatin.

Issue #2 will publish Monday, July 16

Just an FYI. We’ve pushed our publication date to July 16, due to some bumps in the road (like not having an airplane, or a computer, or being sick.) The new issue is so good I’m dying to hit publish now…but, we’ve got a few more things to do to make it perfect. Stick with us—we’ll update you here, on Facebook, and Twitter.

There are lots of exciting changes going on here at Parhelion. We are practically exploding with growth. I’ll be sharing some of these changes with you shortly! (Did you notice we got a new logo? Changed our look a bit?) Lots more to come, folks. And, it’s all thanks to our contributors, submitters, and fans! [THANK YOU!]

Elizabeth, Darren, & Hannah

Go Caps!

Oh wait, this is a literary magazine, not a sports page! We’re just a little excited here about the Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup, since DC is just up the road from RVA and this is their first championship win ever. I watched the game while working on Parhelion because I enjoy multi-tasking almost as much a Gen Z does. Anyway, now is the time where we editor folk start prepping and formatting and whatnot, which means there’s a lot to do.

In short, we’re working hard behind the scenes right now to bring you great new work. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to reread all your favorites from the April issue in our archives.

Issue #2 will publish July 9. [Update: our second issue will post July 16.] We’ll update you through Facebook and Twitter and of course, here. Stay tuned…

Elizabeth Varel
Founding Editor & Editor in Chief

Introducing Issue #1!

Hello readers and writers and artists! We, the editors of Parhelion, are beyond proud to share our first issue with you.

When you start a literary magazine, it’s all very exciting but you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. Will anyone submit? Will you end up having to write everything yourself and use a faux pen name? That was not the case here, and we are thankful to everyone who submitted to PLM and to the writers and artists featured here today. The support and outreach has been nothing short of phenomenal.

You might notice we have a lot of Virginia writers featured in this issue. It’s true, we are in Virginia and we do have a soft spot for Virginians (Virginia is for lovers). But we also have writers and artists spanning the globe from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, Canada, and even India. The reach of social media never ceases to amaze me. Again, thank you to everyone for sharing PLM.

My main goal for this online magazine was for it to be fun and readable. To share work by talented writers that was fresh, engaging, and thought-provoking. I wanted it to be accessible. I feel often “literary” magazines can be stuffy, or pretentious. That’s not the case here. “Literary” at PLM simply means outstanding writing. True story telling, brought to life through technique so flawless you don’t notice it. Our writers are new writers, published writers, award winners, old pros. The same goes for our artists.

You’re going to find magic in this first issue of Parhelion. You’ll find the city and the suburbs and the country, the front porches and fields of North Carolina, you’ll find friendship and betrayal, marriage and divorce, a doghouse mansion, a triple dog dare. You’ll find the heart and heartache that lives in every family, wildflowers on a ranch. You’ll find yourself enchanted by geometry in the suburbs and the hidden magic of nature. You’ll find Ireland and Boston and a goat and a murder. You won’t find Svetlana, however.

What you’ll find here is a literary and artistic adventure from extraordinary individuals who all harbor a little bit of magic in their souls.

Cheers to the PLM editors and congratulations to our writers and artists!

Elizabeth Varel
Founding Editor & Editor in Chief