Submission Guidelines

Photo by Anna Eastman

ANNOUNCEMENT: Parhelion is open to submissions for our October 2019 issue and we’re entertaining a theme! A dark and spooky theme for the Halloween season we all love here at the magazine. We’re not looking for lots of gore or violence. Think Henry James’s Turn of the Screw or Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery. Messed up, scary stuff that makes you think. Check out our calls on Submittable for more detail about the genres we accept. We’re psyched to see what rolls in for the upcoming issue…

ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT: PLM is expanding—we’ve added a new Features Editor, Rebecca Moon Ruark, and we are in the process of publishing more regular content: book reviews, articles, essays, etc. We are OPEN to these submissions now. If you’re interested in contributing a feature, please check out Rebecca’s open call on Submittable by clicking the button below!



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.

General Info 

  • At this time, we are unable to compensate contributors.
  • Please allow up to three months for us to reply to your submission. Sometimes it takes longer.
  • Rights revert back to authors upon publication.
  • We do not accept previously published written work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we’re notified immediately if the work is selected for publication elsewhere.

Fiction, Flash, & Nonfiction:

  • Please double-space and use 12 point font.
  • Stories and essays should not surpass 5,000 words; flash 2,000.
  • Novel excerpts are accepted if self-contained.


We will feature multiple works by three to four poets in each issue. Please send no more than 10 pages of poetry when you submit. 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
  • start each poem on a new page
  • no accompanying visuals or graphics
  • we do not tend to publish poems that are overtly about politics, nature, or religion


Leeta is looking for photographs 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:

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

  • If we select your submission, we will 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).