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“Fantastic . . . An indispensable reference and guide . . . Yes, Bell packs his book with practicable tips and tricks, but it is the manner in which he does this that is so truly remarkable. With an authentic tone of encouragement and a rampantly infectious enthusiasm, the book highlights Bell’s passion for teaching and his genuine respect for all writers.”
—Phoebe Journal
Today is Website Wednesday! The website that we will be highlighting is Phoebe Journal! They have recently published their 51st publication. The publication includes fiction, 2 art galleries, nonfiction, and poetry. Here is the link: http://phoebejournal.com/ So do check it out!
Congratulations to our nonfiction editor, Harrison Cook, whose essay "Atlas," first published in Phoebe Journal, was a "notable essay of 2020" per Best American Essays 2021! 🌺 A huge accomplishment!
Issue 26 of Ginosko Literary Journal now online, GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com. Accepting submissions for issue 27.
Sponsored > Poet Megan Falley is kicking free of stanzas and running wild in the meadows of prose. Her first nonfiction piece was the runner-up for Phoebe Journal's 50th Anniversary Prize. It's a story written backwards, and you can read it here. https://phoebejournal.com/memories-of-ace-in-reverse-chronological-order/
here’s the link to my first published creative nonfiction/memoir excerpt (and a runner up for Phoebe Journal’s 50th anniversary prize!)
A wonderful review of Bradley Bazzle's story collection "Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science," up at Phoebe Journal! Thanks to the author of the review and the editors for publishing. Come on over to the C&R Press site to grab a copy! https://www.crpress.org/shop/fathers-of-cambodian-time-travel-science/
Nonfiction writers! Polish up that piece you've been working on because Phoebe Journal's nonfiction contest is open, and it's being judged by Lilly Dancyger who's upcoming memoir NEGATIVE SPACE will be released this May!

Contests: https://buff.ly/3cptfJj
Negative Space: https://buff.ly/2GMb43a
Looking to submit your nonfiction piece? The Phoebe Journal is currently accepting submissions for their nonfiction contest, and Lilly Dancyger, author of the upcoming memoir Negative Space, is this year's judge!

Click here for more information:
Pre-order Negative Space: https://buff.ly/34Aojfj
Beyond impressive that Phoebe Journal is 50 years old. It's a real honor to be included in their 50th anniversary issue with a non-fiction piece, The Lost Coast (which doesn't concern the geographic Lost Coast--the nearly roadless k**b up north, King Range etc.--as you might expect, but losses a little farther south). Congratulations and happy birthday Phoebe Journal!
https://phoebejournal.com/50-1/
"In a good year, the winter solstice is as much about celebrating new life as it is honoring death." Leah Sumrall (MFA '22) discusses winter and grief, via Phoebe Journal:

http://phoebejournal.com/what-it-means-to-write-through-grief/ #MasonCreativeWriting
Issue 25 of Ginosko Literary Journal now online, GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com.

We're GMU's general interest literary journal and we're looking for your submissions! http://phoebe.submittable.com/ Phoebe prides itself on supporting up-and-coming writers, whose style, form, voice, and subject matter demonstrate a vigorous appeal to the senses, intellect, and emotions of our readers.

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03/24/2022

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Contests - phoebe 03/11/2022

Contests - phoebe

🚨Only five days left to submit our 2022 contests! See our website for more information on the contest judges and submission guidelines: http://phoebejournal.com/contests/

Contests - phoebe Every spring, phoebe hosts contests in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, each with a $500 prize. Submissions for the 2022 contest issue are now open. Send submissions through our Submittable page, and find out more about our judges and past contests below. See More Past Announcements 2021 Contest Win...

The Interior Design of Art: An Interview with Camilla Taylor - phoebe 02/22/2022

The Interior Design of Art: An Interview with Camilla Taylor - phoebe

Check out this fantastic interview with Camilla Taylor, live on our website: http://phoebejournal.com/the-interior-design-of-art-an-interview-with-camilla-taylor/

The Interior Design of Art: An Interview with Camilla Taylor - phoebe KS Keeney While phoebe is primarily a journal for literature, over the years we have had the chance to feature some phenomenal visual art, and none more so in my tenure than the work of Camilla Taylor, which I was immediately captivated by. With its chiaroscuro color palette and entrancing textures,...

Review of Matt Bell’s “Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts” - phoebe 02/18/2022

Review of Matt Bell’s “Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts” - phoebe

Check out Leah Sumrall's review of "Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts" by Matt Bell for a guide to your next book: http://phoebejournal.com/review-of-matt-bells-refuse-to-be-done-how-to-write-and-rewrite-a-novel-in-three-drafts/ #mattbell

Review of Matt Bell’s “Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts” - phoebe Leah Sumrall I love craft books. It isn’t so much that I read them hoping to learn something new (though I almost always do), but that I enjoy finding new perspectives on what I already know about writing. I especially love reading about process and craft from writers I admire, which is why my MFA...

01/23/2022

Today is the last day to submit Spring Contest submissions at half price!

Submissions - phoebe 01/22/2022

Submissions - phoebe

Submissions are open for issue 51.2! We are excited to announce Laura Kasischke, Emily Wilson, and Jami Attenberg as our 2022 Spring contest judges! Submit at http://phoebejournal.com/submissions/

Submissions - phoebe phoebe publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. Above all, we seek to publish quality work. Please review our website, especially our latest online issue, for an idea of the caliber of writing we publish. We produce a print issue in fall/winter and an online issue in spring/summer. We'...

11/03/2021

Join us for the first-ever phoebe/So To Speak collaborative reading on November 12th!

10/26/2021

We are proud to announce that phoebe is collaborating with So To Speak for our first-ever partner reading! Join us in-person or virtually to hear some amazing readers (and maybe win a prize).

Submissions 09/20/2021

Submissions

Send us your art! Phoebe is accepting art submissions for our winter issue. Check out submission guidelines here: http://phoebejournal.com/submissions/

Submissions phoebe publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. Above all, we seek to publish quality work. Please review our website, especially our latest online issue, for an idea of the caliber o…

09/15/2021

We are excited to announce that nonfiction and poetry submissions are FREE today! Head over to our website and submit your work by midnight to skip the submission fee!

Phoebe Journal Submission Manager 08/15/2021

Phoebe Journal Submission Manager

We are open for #submissions starting today!

Send us your #poetry, #fiction, #nonfiction, and #art at phoebejournal.com.

https://phoebe.submittable.com/submit

Phoebe Journal Submission Manager phoebe prides itself on supporting up-and-coming writers, whose style, form, voice, and subject matter demonstrate a vigorous appeal to the senses, intellect, and emotions of our readers. We choose our writers because we believe their work succeeds at its goals, whether its goals are to uphold or ch...

Traversing Languages, Genres, Cultures: An Interview with Ye Chun 05/25/2021

Traversing Languages, Genres, Cultures: An Interview with Ye Chun

"When I translate, my two languages are on equal footing. They don’t need to fight each other for dominance. Instead, they are invited to harmonize with each other. "

Be sure to check out Ana Putgach's interview with Ye Chun on the site today!

And don't miss Ye Chun's new short story collection Hao-- coming soon from Catapult!

http://phoebejournal.com/interview-with-ye-chun/

Traversing Languages, Genres, Cultures: An Interview with Ye Chun Ana Pugatch Ye Chun is a bilingual Chinese American author and translator. Her stunning poetry and prose meditate on the power of language, the dichotomy of othering/loneliness, and navigating two …

50.2 05/14/2021

50.2

Issue 50.2 is LIVE!

We are so so proud to share our fiftieth contest issue with you and so grateful to our contributors who have made this amazing issue possible. We love you all. Happy reading 💕

http://phoebejournal.com/50-2/

50.2 2021 Spring Fiction Contest Winner The Light. Breathing by Gregg Maxwell Parker   2021 Spring Nonfiction Contest Winner Welcome to Bad Mom Club by Marne Litfin   2021 Greg Grummer Poetry …

Welcome to Bad Mom Club 05/08/2021

Welcome to Bad Mom Club

Live today!

Marne Litfin's "Welcome to Bad Mom Club" was selected by
Lilly Dancyger as the winner of this years contest in CNF. Don't miss this powerful read...

http://phoebejournal.com/welcome-to-bad-mom-club-nine-alternatives-to-reconciliation/

Welcome to Bad Mom Club (Nine Alternatives to Reconciliation) Marne Litfin Winner of the 2021 Spring Nonfiction Contest “Is the Great American Novel you’re working on, the story of a young girl, who was emotionally abused…

Bigger and Bigger Worlds Beyond ‘Little Fish’: An Interview with Aja Gabel 04/27/2021

Bigger and Bigger Worlds Beyond ‘Little Fish’: An Interview with Aja Gabel

Don't miss out on EIC Melissa Wade's exchange with AjaMaybe about the new film Little Fish, adapted from our very own Aja Gabel’s 2011 prize-winning tale:

http://phoebejournal.com/interview-with-aja-gabel/

Bigger and Bigger Worlds Beyond ‘Little Fish’: An Interview with Aja Gabel Melissa Wade So here at phoebe, every once and a while, we sell a back issue, but a few months ago, we got a bounty of requests for one particular printing: our Fall 2011 contest issue. When I ask…

playing with boxes: an interview with Irene Cooper about spare change 04/22/2021

playing with boxes: an interview with Irene Cooper about spare change

"I started writing these thinking I wanted to talk with those people I cannot be or am not in conversation with—but they couldn’t take the form of a letter, which has too much agency, is too heavy with intent. Other poems outside that sequence didn’t survive or refused to put up with the sonnet form, even broken. But they carry traces of having been in that box."

Don't miss Poetry Ed Millie Tullis' interview with Irene Cooper about her new collection spare change (Finishing Line Press) on the blog today 💚

http://phoebejournal.com/irene-cooper-spare-change/

playing with boxes: an interview with Irene Cooper about spare change Millie Tullis Irene Cooper’s spare change (Finishing Line Press)  is a collection composed of small poems that constantly surprise through line, image, and charged, simple language. The poems …

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Drum roll please...

Announcing the winners of our 50th anniversary issue! (And even a sneak peak of the new phoebe cover...) Congratulations to all of our winners, finalists, and a huge thank you to everyone who has read and submitted to phoebe.

POETRY:

Sabrina Orah Mark on Rock's winning poem, "Tire Chains":

"This small gigantic poem is one of the most beautiful descriptions I've ever read of how we carry our mothers around like the heaviest stones, and like the lightest feathers."

And on the runner up:

"'The Twins' by Benjamin Niespodziany feels like it bloomed out of the seeds of 100 fairytales. It is as much poem as it is a heartbreaking thicket that tells a story about the endlessness of hunger."

NONFICTION:

Lilly Dancyger on Litfin's winning essay, "Welcome to Bad Mom Club":

"The complexity of the situation and all of Marne's conflicting feelings were so well rendered—I could feel the love and the anger and the desire and the guilt all at once."

Runners Up:

Jessica Rapisarda "Another Word for Gone"

Megan Falley "Memories of Ace, in Reverse Chronological Order"

We can't wait to share this amazing work with you next month!

FICTION:

Danielle Evans on Gregg Maxwell Parker's "The Light. Breathing":

"The drama of this story is quiet, but I found myself riveted by it, equally compelled by the anxious sense that anything was possible and the heartbreaking sense that maybe nothing was possible. The author paints a full picture of the interior and exterior world, and just when I thought I had caught up to the story and was seeing this world clearly, the ending came along, honest and surprising and delightful, and made me look again."

April 18, five inches of snow 04/18/2021

April 18, five inches of snow

Today we’re rereading Carolyn Oliver’s poem, “April 18, five inches of snow”

What is the weather like where you are today?

http://phoebejournal.com/april-18-five-inches-of-snow/

April 18, five inches of snow Carolyn Oliver And the world’s the same, lessa few smashed tulips.The melting comes beforethe hyacinths I cut yesterdaybell open.The fleshiness of the flowers!As if they relish the endthe stems spi…

Correlatives: A Review of W. Todd Kaneko’s This is How the Bone Sings 04/15/2021

Correlatives: A Review of W. Todd Kaneko’s This is How the Bone Sings

"Kaneko’s latest, 'This is How the Bone Sings,' still confronts the past that surrounds him, but does so through the myth of America and the generational trauma that comes with it. These poems gesture at once, in past and present, to the speaker, his loved ones, and to the lives they’re entangled with. They are memories embodied and show us what a shared history is by way of their music."

Don't miss Poetry Assistant Editor Christian Stanzione's review of W Todd Kaneko's 'This is How the Bone Sings' out from Black Lawrence Press:

http://phoebejournal.com/correlatives-a-review-of-w-todd-kanekos-this-is-how-the-bone-sings/

Correlatives: A Review of W. Todd Kaneko’s This is How the Bone Sings Christian Stanzione I was a natural reader for W. Todd Kaneko’s The Dead Wrestler Elegies, a book that examines the pageantries of professional wrestling to access and discuss his relationship with…

Bradley Bazzle Writes Unique Fiction With Familiar Skin in New Collection 04/08/2021

Bradley Bazzle Writes Unique Fiction With Familiar Skin in New Collection

"Bradley Bazzle describes his new fiction collection, 'Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science,' as an 'alchemical mixture of realism and complete bullsh*t.' As I read it, I decided I wouldn’t be able to come up with a more apt description than that.

Don't miss managing editor Tim Johnson's review of Bazzle's new short story collection on the blog!

http://phoebejournal.com/bradley-bazzle-new-collection/

Bradley Bazzle Writes Unique Fiction With Familiar Skin in New Collection Tim Johnson Bradley Bazzle describes his new fiction collection, Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science, as an “alchemical mixture of realism and complete bullsh*t.” As I read it, I decided I wou…

Navigating MFA Decision Day During COVID: Three Considerations 04/01/2021

Navigating MFA Decision Day During COVID: Three Considerations

Tis the season of MFA program decisions, and Ivan Moore's here to help. Check out his three tips for making the big decision during COVID:

http://phoebejournal.com/navigating-mfa-decision-day/

Navigating MFA Decision Day During COVID: Three Considerations Ivan Moore A year ago, I was still weighing my options. Quarantine had just started, but I already suspected it could extend into Fall 2020. Like everyone, I was stockpiling canned goods and trying…

On-Call 03/23/2021

On-Call

"In the very earliest of days, I made it a goal to write 1,000 new words every day, and at the beginning of April, I actually accomplished this. As a slow writer, it felt good to be productive again. Lani, my partner, whose prescience I ought to have heeded, warned me that the lockdown was more likely to be a marathon than a sprint, and that if I was treating it as the latter, I was likely to throw up on my shoes."

Don't miss Fiction Ed Zachary Barnes' new blog post on writing during the pandemic:

http://phoebejournal.com/on-call/

On-Call Zachary Barnes When COVID-19 hit and the world shuddered to a standstill, a lot of folks like me found a new pocket of time on their hands. I hadn’t realized just how much time I spent commut…

Writing from the Body: Felicia Rose Chavez’s’ The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop 03/17/2021

Writing from the Body: Felicia Rose Chavez’s’ The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop

"I along with many writers from marginalized backgrounds and living in marginalized bodies are used to wielding language in negotiation and for survival. There is no privileged permeability between our inner worlds of experience and the outer world we aspire to. We have often assumed that if our language is not enough, it is because we are not enough."

Don't miss Shabrayle Setliff's review of Felicia Rose Chavez's "The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom" on the blog today:

http://phoebejournal.com/felicia-rose-chavezs-the-anti-racist-writing-workshop/

Writing from the Body: Felicia Rose Chavez’s’ The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop Shabrayle Setliff The statement that everyone writes from the body could serve as a litmus test: if such a statement seems untrue or if it is, perhaps, unfelt, it may very well indicate a person’s …

Contests 03/15/2021

Contests

Today's the day! 🎉

Our 50th anniversary #contest #submissions close at midnight EST tonight.

#Submit your story, essay, and poetry for the chance to win $500 and publication in issue 50.2!

http://phoebejournal.com/contests/

Contests Submit to Our 2021 Contest Issue Every spring, phoebe hosts contests in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, each with a $500 prize. Submissions are now open on Submittable. Find more information on ou…

Submissions 03/10/2021

Submissions

Only FIVE DAYS LEFT to submit your #poetry #cnf #fiction and #art to our fiftieth anniversary contest! 🎂

http://phoebejournal.com/submissions/

Submissions phoebe publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. Above all, we seek to publish quality work. Please review our website, especially our latest online issue, for an idea of the caliber o…

Phoebe Journal Submission Manager 03/03/2021

Phoebe Journal Submission Manager

Good morning! We're at virtual #AWP21 & we've slashed our #submission prices to celebrate.

Submit to your #essays and #poetry to our annual #contest issue for only 5 dollars ONLY during #AWP!

https://phoebe.submittable.com/submit

Phoebe Journal Submission Manager phoebe prides itself on supporting up-and-coming writers, whose style, form, voice, and subject matter demonstrate a vigorous appeal to the senses, intellect, and emotions of our readers. We choose our writers because we believe their work succeeds at its goals, whether its goals are to uphold or ch...

03/02/2021

#AWP21 has gone virtual, and phoebe has teamed up with Watershed Lit at the Virtual Bookfair!

Stop by online and meet up with some of our editors to chat about the journal and some exciting special topics. Here is the line-up:

March 4 2:30-3:30pm CT: Meet with Nonfiction Editor Sarah Wilson - Special Topic = The Space & Privilege of the Narrator

March 5 2:30-3:30pm CT: Meet with Assistant Fiction Editor Kevin Binder - Special Topic = Writing with Humor

March 6 2:30-3:30pm CT: Meet with Managing Editor Tim Johnson - Special Topic = Emotional Investment & Movement in Storytelling

March 6 3:30-4:30pm CT: Meet with Editor-in-Chief Melissa Wade - Special Topic = Revision from Feedback

A Story Worth Sharing: Betsy Cornwell on Fairy Tales, Writing, and The Old Knitting Factory 03/02/2021

A Story Worth Sharing: Betsy Cornwell on Fairy Tales, Writing, and The Old Knitting Factory

"A fairy tale is this plot that has worked for a lot of people for a long time, and I can use it as plot training wheels."

- Betsy Cornwell talks fairy tales with @franniedove today on the blog!

Check it out:
http://phoebejournal.com/betsy-cornwell/

A Story Worth Sharing: Betsy Cornwell on Fairy Tales, Writing, and The Old Knitting Factory Frannie Dove YA Novelist Betsy Cornwell has always loved fairy tales. As a child, they read Lang’s Fairy Books, which includes stories from Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm. The selkie br…

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