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

Almost time

Hello Parhelion fans! We have great news—we are putting the final touches on the magazine this weekend for publication on Monday, April 9. We have some outstanding fiction, poetry, nonfiction, flash, and art to share with you. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates, and of course, you can hop onto the site to see what we’re up to.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to delivering the work of very talented writers and artists to you on Monday.

Elizabeth, Darren, & Anna


Parhelion photo by Ken Christison