Philadelphia Stories is a free print magazine that strives to publish the finest fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art written by authors living in, or originally from, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey. Philadelphia Stories seeks submissions from diverse perspectives: all ethnicities, races, abilities, and gender identification. We wish to demonstrate the vitality and vibrancy of the  Philadelphia-area residents in every issue.

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: December 1; 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 right of your manuscript, please the word count.
  4. Please number all pages and include the title in either the header or footer.
  5. We read entries anonymously, so please do not include identifying information in your manuscript or in the title of your file.
  6. Submissions will be accepted as either a Word .doc  or .txt attachment. Do not use special characters in your filename: ! @ # $ % ^ */  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!)
  7. We do not accept previously published work. This includes work published online.
  8. Any work received after the closing date for a particular issue will be considered for the next issue.
  9. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Please include a short bio including your connection to Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey. 
  13. 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. 
  14. 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. 
  15. 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 accepting submissions for our winter issue: Black Lives Matter. 

Like much of the country, our team has been horrified witnessing the debilitating effects the coronavirus is having on the Black community and the police killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and 160 more this year. 

We hate to admit these tragic circumstances have forced us to reflect on our culpability and to recognize that we have not done all we could to support Black writers and visual artists. We've been listening to our Black editors and staff, following conversations in the lit community, and paying attention to the response from other publications. Now is our time to act. Today, we renew our commitment and take the first step in a long journey of not only amplifying, but also supporting and nurturing Black writers and artists. 

Please send us your submissions, now and in the future. We want to share your stories of Black life. Tell us how you may be dealing with the pandemic, how the protests have impacted you OR tell us a story about how your community continues to thrive, how your community continues to love. Most subjects are welcome. We accept fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, and hybrid work. Read more about our general submission guidelines here

Note, we pay a small stipend, $50, for accepted literary work. We know this is not enough. As an all-volunteer organization, we will continue to strengthen our fundraising efforts. Hopefully, we will be able to pay our writers more soon. We know Black labor is not free, so we will continue to push for fair compensation.

The same rules about having a connection to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware still apply. 

DEADLINE: December 1, 2020

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: 


"Life After 2 Street: FICTION"
"Rituals & Remembrances: ESSAY"
"Reflections: POETRY"
"Murals: 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: March 13.

Don't have a Submittable account? No problem! You can email your work to our editors here: PSJR912@GMAIL.COM

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 16.

NOTE: If you prefer not to submit through Submittable, you may email your work to PSJR912@GMAIL.COM.

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. 
  3.  We especially encourage poets from underrepresented backgrounds to submit work to Philadelphia Stories.  



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, 2020. 

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.

10. We encourage poets from underrepresented backgrounds to submit work to Philadelphia Stories. 


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