Submission Guidelines

ANNOUNCEMENT:  We are accepting submissions for the January 2019 issue from November 1 – November 30. If you submit after that date, your work will be considered for the April issue.


For fiction, flash, and creative nonfiction, Elizabeth and Hannah would like to see less death. I’d say 90% of submissions from the last issue killed the main character or the main event was death. I know that we as readers have severe death fatigue, and that there other significant events that happen in life. You are welcome to send work about death, but it will not be high on our priority list.

For poetry, Darren asks that you simply follow the submission requirements as stated below and please send ten poems with your submission. Not more and not less. Each poems should begin on a new page. Readability and format matter.

For art, Leeta is looking for photographs and illustrations that make an emotional connection, that tell a story. She’s looking for portraits and landscapes, but often those landscapes are portraits in themselves: of a building, a car, or a field. Because the subjects are so vibrant they are alive with energy and life, even if they aren’t human. Some keywords to describe what she’s attracted to in photography and illustration:

portraits, urban, eclectic, authentic, imperfect, rustic, color, vibrant, style, energetic, emotional, connection, rural, international, southern



Parhelion Literary Magazine welcomes submissions for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We are especially interested in strong voices, compelling stories, and innovative narrative technique. The same general thinking applies to visual art as well: thought provoking, innovative, eye-catching. Most importantly, 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/artists.
  • We do not accept previously published written work, but have an exception for photography.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere.

You can submit by emailing us at

  • In the email subject line, please include what kind of work you are submitting (Subject: Short story submission, Art Submission, Poetry Submission).
  • If you are submitting fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, please attach as a word document (docx).
  • If you are submitting photography or illustrations, please attach a pdf or include a link to your portfolio.
  • Please include some information about yourself in your query—who you are, previous publications, 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.
  • There is no fee to submit.
  • At this time, we are unable to compensate writers.
  • Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission. Sometimes it takes longer.
  • Rights revert back to authors upon publication.

Fiction, Flash, & Nonfiction:

  • Only submit one story/essay at a time. Do not send multiple stories/essays in one submission or separate submissions. We will not read four or five pieces at once—just send the one you think is best.
  • Please double-space.
  • Stories and essays should not surpass 5,000 words.
  • Novel excerpts are accepted if self-contained.


We will feature multiple works by three to four poets in each issue. Please send no fewer than 10 pages of poetry when you submit—we will publish up to five poems. That could be one poem or ten. Send us your best 10 pages:

  • typed, single-spaced
  • 12 pt. font
  • as one .doc, .docx, or .pdf file
  • use page breaks between poem titles
  • no accompanying visuals or graphics
  • we do not tend to publish poems that are overtly about politics, nature, or religion.

Photography and Illustration:

  • We are primarily looking for photography and illustrations. This is an update (Oct 2018).
  • For future photography and illustration submissions please go to Parhelion on instagram and send a direct message to your page. Leeta will review your work and get back to you.
  • If we select your submission, we ask for a 3-5 paragraph artist’s statement about your work along with a short bio. Don’t worry if you’re not a strong writer, we can help you edit it.
  • We may post art on our social media sites (credited to the artist, of course).
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