The Lit Crawl is Tonight!

Hello everyone! As you probably already know since I’ve been posting it on Facebook relentlessly, the RVA Lit Crawl is in full swing and Parhelion reads tonight at Sugar & Twine at 8 pm. This event is all about supporting local Richmond writers. Here’s the Lit Crawl description as completely lifted from their site:

RVA LitCrawl: Where Readers and Writers Unite

The RVA LitCrawl is a two-day reading series that takes place in the creatively vibrant Richmond, Virginia. The event began in 2017 with over 70 published writers from the region reading at cafes, galleries, shops, hotels, and hostels.

Our goal is to celebrate the literary talent that resides in Richmond and to make connections with those who love to read. Join us for a celebration of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that invites everyone to the writers’ table.  We’ll sweep through the many shops and restaurants in Carytown, where your favorite authors will share their work on social justice, women writing for women, literature for young people, LGBTQ+ lives, and much more. 

Tonight, you’ll hear the following authors read with us:

Lindsay A. Chudzick
Lindsay A. Chudzik’s work has appeared in The Chiron Review, Clementine Unbound, and Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review, among others. Currently, she is Editor in Chief of Feels Blind Literary, an Assistant Professor of Writing at VCU, and a recipient of a Gulf-South Summit Award for excellence in community-engaged teaching.

Colleen Curran
Colleen Curran is the author of the novel Whores on the Hill (Vintage Original/Random House) which was selected as a best debut by NPR and the editor of the literary anthology Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings (Anchor Books). Her short stories have been published in places like Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Parhelion Literary Magazine. She is a staff writer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she writes about arts and entertainment.

Kathleen Graber
Kathleen Graber is the author of Correspondence (2006), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for the National Poetry Series and The Eternal City (2010), which was chosen for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Her next book, The River Twice, is forthcoming in September, also from Princeton.

Patty Smith
Patty Smith’s publications include her recent novel The Year of Needy Girls (Kaylie Jones Books / Akashic Books, 2017). Her nonfiction has appeared in Nine Lives: A Life in Ten Minutes Anthology, Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival, as well as in several anthologies.

If I must say, this is a pretty amazing lineup of writers I’ve pulled together and I feel very impressed with myself. I’m looking forward to seeing these ladies tonight, and, thanks to my strategic scheduling, we can continue our conversations / mingling at the RVA Lit Crawl After Party at Can Can.

See you tonight!


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We’ve been thinking about using Submittable for a while. We get a lot of submissions, and we’re using gmail, and it can get a little crazy. That’s why every now and then I can’t find a submission. I’m not sure this happens to any of the other editors. So shhhh. That’s our little secret. Don’t tell anyone.

And also, if you’re that submitter, I’m sorry. 

I’ve read a lot of reviews about Submittable and organizations seem to find it useful. We will end up charging a small fee to submit, mainly to cover the cost of using Submittable, which is not free. Maybe, if we’re lucky, the fee will help cover some of our other admin costs as well.

I read several articles debating charging writers fees to submit, and there’s plenty of back and forth on that, ranging from being totally reasonable to totally evil. I will promise you this. When I win one of those zillion dollar Powerball drawings, it will be free forever. That’s a campaign promise.

Anyway, we’re technically in the two week trial, so we’ll see how we like it and if we want to continue using it. If you’re planning to submit, please check it out. I haven’t added photography yet, so use gmail or Instagram for that (follow the regular submission guidelines per usual.)

Check out our button. Is that professional or what. Sweet!


EV & the PLM Team

Lit Crawlin’, the RVA Lit Crawl

Hey y’all! A little news for you. If you’re in Richmond, Virginia or nearby, Parhelion is participating in the RVA Lit Crawl. Lindsay Chudzik, Colleen Curran, Kathleen Graber, and Patty Smith will be reading at Sugar & Twine on Saturday, April 20, at 8 pm. Come by and join us! Later, we’ll head up to Can Can for the after party. It’s a great time to meet and mingle with literary folk in Richmond.

Here is our Facebook event page. You can see a schedule of all the Lit Crawl readings here.

Also, on April 9, if you watch television in the morning, you can catch me and Lindsay Chudzik on Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 taking about the Lit Crawl and local literary magazines. I am nearly shaking in my shoes from nerves about being on TV while also planning what to wear. Ha ha ha. This is all thanks to our Lit Crawl reader Patty Smith, who is on the RVA Lit Crawl committee. Thanks Patty!






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.