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 challenge literary tradition.

We insist on openness, which means we welcome both experimental and conventional prose and poetry, and we insist on being entertained, which means the work must capture and hold our attention, whether it be the potent language of a poem or the narrative mechanics of a short story.

Phoebe: Journal of Literature and Art, publishing original work since 1971.

From the Editors


As readers and writers, we recognize what lives in language: words that transform themselves, unravel themselves, obscure themselves. Show us work that demonstrates and interacts with the many spaces we inhabit, and exposes us to images which we’ve never seen and, once seen, we cannot forget. We seek poetry which addresses the im/possibilities of the medium through either arresting simplicity or overwhelming maximalism. We want to get lost in work that twists and tangles itself around an idea or concept, even if never touching it.

—Douglas Luman and Janice Majewski, Poetry Editor and Assistant Editor


We look for stories that remain with the reader long after the storytelling has ended. We are open to all the ways you might choose to achieve this—from style to structure to length. All we ask is that you leave us feeling that we have truly experienced something honest and unforgettable; leave us with something that lingers. We look forward to reading your work.

—Sarah Bates and Josef Kuhn, Editor and Assistant Editor


We are drawn to nonfiction that rings with emotional and intellectual honesty. We look for insight brought about by evocative imagery, deft language, and narrators who work past easy answers. We especially love writing that offers a unique sense of humor. To us, part of the power of nonfiction resides in its use of reality to reach larger truths, and we admire writers who embrace this challenge. We receive mostly personal essays rooted in narrative, but we also encourage you to share your meditative, lyric, and satiric work, as well as your literary journalism, memoir, and hybrid forms. We aim for a blend of brevity and expansiveness, publishing work that ranges from 250 to 4,000 words. Whether you’re seeking your first, fiftieth, or five-hundredth publication, we look forward to reading your work.

—Andrew Cartwright and Ryan McDonald, Nonfiction Editors