Philadelphia Stories Magazine strives to publish the finest fiction, poetry, essays and art written by authors living in, or originally from, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey. Please follow these guidelines for submitting material. *Please scroll to the bottom to select the genre or contest to which you would like to submit.  

DEADLINES: Winter Theme Issue: "Journeys": November 1 (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS); Spring: December 15 (poetry contest issue) Summer: March 15; Fall: July 15 (fiction contest issue). PLEASE NOTE: You will be notified of the status of your submission within six months AFTER the issue deadline. If you have not  heard from us within six months after your submission was sent, please  feel free to contact christine@philadephiastories.org and we'll check  the status for you. (Please note, our emails do sometimes get caught in  spam filters.) Thanks for submitting to Philadelphia Stories!  

In General

  1. Due to the current volume of work we have to consider, we are no longer able to accept paper submissions. Only work submitted through our online submission form will be considered. All paper submissions will be recycled unread. Thank you!
  2. All submissions should be typed, 12-point font, double-spaced with a minimum 1” margin.
  3. In the top left corner of the title page please include your name, address, phone number, and email along with the word count.
  4. Please number all pages and include your name and the title in either the header or footer.
  5. Submissions will be accepted as either a Word .doc  or .txt attachment. Do not use special characters in your filename: ! @ # $ % ^ */  Please include your contact information in your file. Please do not zip  or compress attachments and please do not embed your submissions in the  "Cover Letter" box on the form. (A nice, friendly note is okay!)
  6. We do not accept previously published work. This includes work published online.
  7. Any work received after the closing date for a particular issue will be considered for the next issue.
  8. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
  9. Multiple submissions are not accepted per reading period,  except for poetry (up to three pieces) and artwork (up to five pieces).  You may submit in more than one genre (fiction, poetry, non-fiction,  art), however.
  10. Please do not re-submit previous material unless  expressly asked to do so by the editor. We promise, we give everything a  really thorough read and just because it may not be right for us  doesn’t mean another publisher won’t love it.
  11. Please include a short bio including your connection to Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey. 
  12. We will send notice by email regarding the  acceptance or rejection of your material within six months  after the  deadline for the issue's deadline. 
  13. Poetry has a rolling submission period; if your  work is being held for consideration for a future issue, you will be  notified. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your work  before this six month period. 
  14. In addition to the print issue, additional material  is frequently posted on our website. You will be notified if your work  is accepted online.  

Philadelphia Stories is excited to announce the theme for its Winter issue will be “Journeys.” The same rules about having a connection to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware still apply. DEADLINE: November 1, 2018.

Submissions to the theme issue can be any kind of genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or art), but PLEASE INCLUDE THE GENRE IN YOUR TITLE. For example, your title could be: 

"Astral Projections: FICTION"

"Unforgettable Road Trip: ESSAY"

"Ode to Lewis & Clark: POETRY"

"Magellan: A Triptych: ART"

You may continue to submit fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art for future issues at any time. Please see our guidelines page for details: http://www.philadelphiastories.org/submission-guidelines/ 

 

Philadelphia Stories, Junior, a division of Philadelphia Stories,   is a literary magazine published each Spring for writers age 12 and    under who currently live in Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Southern New    Jersey. Please follow these guidelines for submitting material.  There is no  reading fee. Deadline Spring: February 16.

General Guidelines
1.    Philadelphia Stories, Jr.  accepts work submitted to our online submission form or by email.  
Emailed submissions will be accepted as either a Word .doc or .txt  attachment.
2.  On the first page, please include your name, school, grade, and information on how we can contact you.

3. Any work received after the closing date for a particular issue will be considered for the next issue. 

 4.  Tell us about yourself and where you live. For example: George   Smith is in sixth grade and likes to write poetry. He also likes   basketball and lives with his cat and little sister in Cherry Hill, NJ.   He has read all seven Harry Potters twice. 

Philadelphia Stories, Jr. publishes:

1. Fiction (original short stories no longer than 5,000 words)
2. Poems
3. Essays
4. Art (original photos, drawings, pictures of scultpures, cartoons, etc.)

Other
 If you would like to submit work outside of the above categories, such   as book reviews, crossword puzzles, etc., please email  psjr@philadelphiastories.org

 

PS Teen, a division of Philadelphia Stories,   is a literary magazine published each Fall for writers age 13-18 who currently live in Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Southern New    Jersey. Please follow these guidelines for submitting material.  There is no  reading fee. Deadline for Fall: October 1.

General Guidelines
1.    Philadelphia Stories, Jr.  accepts work submitted to our online submission form or by email.  
Emailed submissions will be accepted as either a Word .doc or .txt  attachment.
2.  On the first page, please include your name, school, grade, and information on how we can contact you.

3. Any work received after the closing date for a particular issue will be considered for the next issue. 

 4.  Tell us about yourself and where you live. For example: George   Smith is in sixth grade and likes to write poetry. He also likes   basketball and lives with his cat and little sister in Cherry Hill, NJ.   He has read all seven Harry Potters twice. 

Philadelphia Stories, Jr. publishes:

1. Fiction (original short stories no longer than 5,000 words)
2. Poems
3. Essays
4. Art (original photos, drawings, pictures of scultpures, cartoons, etc.)

Other
 If you would like to submit work outside of the above categories, such   as book reviews, crossword puzzles, etc., please email  psjr@philadelphiastories.org

Artwork

  1. All artwork must be submitted electronically.
  2. Please submit no more than five previously unpublished images for consideration. (You must submit each image file as a separate submission; you cannot attach multiple images to one submission.)
  3. Preliminary images do not need to be print resolution and may be attached as a JPEG or GIF. Final, approved artwork should be of professional quality, at least 300 dpi saved as a TIFF, PDF, JPEG or EPS.
  4. Do not send us links to your website. We'll leave it to you to find your best work.

  1. We accept short stories or novel excerpts in varying lengths but not more than 5,000 words.
  2. We look for fiction written by Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey writers (either currently residing in, originally from, or lived here at some point) that features sharp writing, carefully crafted plots, and, above all, compelling characters. Novel excerpts should be able to stand alone as a complete work.

Poetry:

  1. Up to three poems may be submitted in one submission period, not to exceed 36 lines each.
  2. Submit up to three poems in a single document/attachment. If you want to submit your poems in separate documents/attachments, you need to fill out a separate submission form for each poem.


Creative nonfiction essays should not exceed 2,500 words. We’re looking for pieces that focus on positive Philadelphia experiences, but will consider any well-written essay on any subject. In particular, essays should convey real emotional honesty and or humor. We do not accept previously published work.

Contest Submission Guidelines:


1. Submission deadline: November 15, 2018. 

2. We will only consider work previously unpublished in print or online.

3. There is a $15 reading fee for every submission. [All entrants will receive a copy of the Philadelphia Stories contest issue.]

4. Simultaneous submissions are also accepted; however, we must be notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

5. Poets currently residing in the United States are eligible. 

6.  Submissions will be accepted via the website. If you have any trouble  uploading to the site, please email contest@philadelphiastories.org.

7.  We will accept up to five pages of poetry. You may submit one 5-page  poem, five 1-page poems, or any other combination within the five-page  restriction. No more than one poem per page. 

8. All submissions  should use a 12 pt font and standard typeface (not Comic Sans or Impact,  etc.). Author's name should appear on each page (this will be removed  for the screening process). 

9. You may enter multiple submissions of up to five pages for the additional fee of $15 per submission.


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