Summer 2022

Issue #14

Photography by Leeta Harding

Greetings, friends! We hope you’re having a great summer, whether you’re doing something fancy like lounging around an island resort or just drinking cokes in the backyard under a tree. Which sounds more likely for me than the island gig….

However you’re spending your summer, now it’s time to kick it up a notch with Parhelion’s long-awaited Summer 2022 issue (applause, applause!)

This is a fantastic issue with some very talented writers you’re going to love, writers you should keep an eye on. As an editor, it’s so much fun to read submissions and “click” with a certain story, essay, or poem you know is “the one.”  

While you’re reading, be sure to read Darren Morris’s poetry introduction focusing on his unusual path to becoming a poet and the time he spent at VCU studying under Larry Levis. It’s my favorite intro he’s written. CHECK IT OUT.

A few notes:

Another note on Submittable and I’m not trying to be repetitive here, but I’ve seen a lot of writers complain about their status not updating. Submittable only updates a submission to “in progress” if we write a note in the notes section and save it. We don’t always write notes in Submittable (I tend to use the notepad on my laptop instead). Look out for updates on our submissions platform, which may change soon.

We are open for Halloween submissions now through the end of September. We only accept fiction for the Halloween issue, no poetry or CNF.

We will open for Winter 2023 submissions on October 1. At that time we will start accepting submissions for short plays, so put that on your radar. 


We have a new editor joining us—please welcome Elysia Lin as our new Associate Poetry Editor

Darren Morris, our poetry editor, reviewed Austin Segrest’s poetry collection “Door to Remain” for our Features section. The collection won the 2021 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry from University of North Texas Press. PLM published Segrest’s poetry back in our Winter 2020 issue.

Some of us will be going to the James River Writer’s Conference here in Richmond in October. I am imagining our team in Parhelion baseball caps BUT I suppose regular name tags or lanyards could identify us just as well (and not smash our hair). We’ll post on FB or IG closer to the event. (We are going for fun and to see friends, none of us are presenting.)

Elizabeth (c’est moi) is working with Leeta Harding on developing and editing content for her book of photography, which is being published by Rizzoli and will hit the shelves in 2023. Exciting! Leeta provides most of our featured images and obviously, she rocks.

As always, thank you to our readers, our submitters, and our contributors for your continued support. Enjoy reading, and enjoy the rest of your summer. Next up: HALLOWEEN 🎃🎃🎃

Elizabeth Varel
Editor in Chief