Phoebe (magazine)

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Discipline literary journal
Language English
Edited by Merrill Sutherland
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Twice per year
ISSN 0270-868X

Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art is a literary journal based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and first published in 1971. It publishes one print issue and one online issue each year in addition to running annual contests in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Submissions for the Winter 2014 issue closed on October 15, 2014. Submissions for the annual spring contest will open in January 2015. The judges of these contests will be announced in January 2015.

Notable Contributors[edit]

Richard Bausch, Joshua Ferris, Cornelius Eady, Kim Addonizio, Katie Ford, Thomas Lux, Jacob M. Appel, Yusef Komunyakaa, C.K. Williams, Ray DiPalma, and Rosmarie Waldrop.

Notable Judges[edit]

2014 Winter Contest: Nonfiction: Cheryl Strayed, Fiction: Benjamin Percy, Poetry: Eduardo C. Corral

About Phoebe[edit]

Phoebe supports up-and-coming writers, whose style, form, voice, and subject matter demonstrate a vigorous appeal to the senses, intellect, and emotions of readers. According to the Phoebe website, writers are chosen because the editors believe their work succeeds at its goals, whether its goals are to uphold or challenge literary tradition.

The journal's website[1] also says that, as a whole, the editors insist on openness, which means that both experimental and conventional prose and poetry are welcome. The editors also say that they insist on being entertained, which means the work must capture and hold the reader's attention, whether it be the potent language of a poem or the narrative mechanics of a short story or the subtle, but perfectly phrased capture of a moment of a nonfiction piece.

About Submissions[edit]

Previously published work is not considered. Authors who have previously submitted their work are welcome to submit again. Simultaneous submissions are considered and encouraged. Submissions by mail are not considered.

Poetry submissions: Each author may submit no more than one poetry submission of 3-5 poems.
Fiction submissions: Fiction submissions may be no longer than 4,000 words.
Nonfiction submissions: Nonfiction submissions may be no longer than 4,000 words.

Reporting time is four to six months, though usually sooner. All submissions are submitted and read through Submittable, an online submission management system used by literary journals around the country. Phoebe's submittable page can be found at

2014-2015 Editors[edit]

Editor, Merrill Sunderland
Assistant Editor, Ben Liff
Fiction Editor, Ah-reum Han
Assistant Fiction Editor, Lina Patton
Poetry Editor, Elizabeth Deanna Morris-Lakes
Assistant Poetry Editor, Qinglan Wang
Nonfiction Editor, Amanda Canupp Mendoza
Nonfiction Editor, Eric Botts
Faculty Advisor, Eric Pankey

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Phoebe". Phoebe Journal. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 

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