The Phoenix

An annual print journal, The Phoenix literary journal craves memorable, evocative work. 

Created in 1958 in the heart of Western North Carolina with a long tradition of publishing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, artwork, and photography. 

The Phoenix's 62nd issue launches in April 2021.

Sponsored by both Pfeiffer University and the Piedmont Institute of Music, Communication, and Art, The Phoenix also holds a yearly Emerging Writers Contest. 

The Phoenix  gladly allows for you to submit your work to more than one genre. Please see below for specific genre guidelines for details. 

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 Our editors seek poetry that uses robust language, a visceral and all-consuming voice, and themes that do not shy from the grotesque, controversial, and thought-provoking  

Guidelines:  
 

  • Make sure to include the title of your piece with every submission
  • You may submit up to 5 separate pieces individually
  • Unpublished work only 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, though if one of your poems is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the submission

  Blind Submissions: Out of fairness to all writers, The Phoenix requires that your name and contact information not be placed on any of the uploaded files of your submissions.
The Phoenix  gladly allows for you to submit your work to more than one genre.

Rights: The Phoenix acquires first-time print and digital publication rights. Rights revert back to writers upon publication.

 By submitting, you agree to have your email added to our e-newsletter list.

 Questions
 If you have any questions for our editors please do email us at: thephoenix@pfeiffer.edu
 Please also check out our website for archived material and other information: http://www.pfeiffer-phoenix.com

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 Our editors seek fiction prose that pushes the bounds of the art form by using a powerful voice, ambitious themes, and distinct language. Fiction editors seek work that transforms thought into profound understandings.  

Guidelines:
 

 

  • Make sure to include the title of your piece with every submission
  • Prose: 5,000 words or less
  • Unpublished work only 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, though if your work is submitted elsewhere please add a note to your submission to inform us.

  Blind Submissions: Out of fairness to all writers, The Phoenix requires that your name and contact information not be placed on any of the uploaded files of your submissions.
The Phoenix  gladly allows for you to submit your work to more than one genre.

Rights: The Phoenix acquires first-time print and digital publication rights. Rights revert back to writers upon publication.

 By submitting, you agree to have your email added to our e-newsletter list.

 Questions
 If you have any questions for our editors please do email us at: thephoenix@pfeiffer.edu
 Please also check out our website for archived material and other information: http://www.pfeiffer-phoenix.com

 Our editors are seeking the artfulness of truth and the human condition. Creative Non-Fiction editors do not shy from essays, memoir, or short stories that bring the reader to an inevitable truth of the individual, of the art form, and of the world.

 Guidelines: 

  • Make sure to include the title of your piece with every submission
  • Prose: 5,000 words or less
  • Unpublished work only 

We do accept simultaneous submissions, though if your work is submitted elsewhere please add a note to your submission to inform us.

 Blind Submissions: Out of fairness to all writers, The Phoenix requires that your name and contact information not be placed on any of the uploaded files of your submissions.
The Phoenix  gladly allows for you to submit your work to more than one genre.
Rights: The Phoenix acquires first-time print and digital publication rights. Rights revert back to writers upon publication.
By submitting, you agree to have your email added to our e-newsletter list.
Questions
If you have any questions for our editors please do email us at: thephoenix@pfeiffer.edu
Please also check out our website for archived material and other information: http://www.pfeiffer-phoenix.com

 Our staff accepts compositions that do not easily confine themselves to genre conventions. Our hybrid editors seek literary pieces that fill their own novel ambitions comfortably and with an intentional grace.  

 Guidelines:
 

  • Make sure to include the title of your piece with every submission
  • You may submit up to 5 separate pieces individually
  • Unpublished work only 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, though if your work is submitted elsewhere please add a note to your submission to inform us.

  Blind Submissions: Out of fairness to all writers, The Phoenix requires that your name and contact information not be placed on any of the uploaded files of your submissions.
The Phoenix  gladly allows for you to submit your work to more than one genre.

 Rights: The Phoenix acquires first-time print and digital publication rights. Rights revert back to writers upon publication.

 By submitting, you agree to have your email added to our e-newsletter list.

 Questions
 If you have any questions for our editors please do email us at: thephoenix@pfeiffer.edu
 Please also check out our website for archived material and other information: http://www.pfeiffer-phoenix.com

This Emerging Writers Contest is open to high school students and students currently enrolled in community college. Sponsored by The Piedmont Institute of Communication, Art and Music (PICMA), this contest highlights writers with publication, a reading, a cash prize, and a scholarship option.
The prizes will be as follows:
 

  • First Prize: $5,000/ year scholarship to Pfeiffer University pending acceptance and $250 cash, and a public performance during The Phoenix’s Launch Party Event in April 2020.
  • Second Prize: $3,000/ year scholarship to Pfeiffer University pending acceptance and $125 cash, and a public performance during The Phoenix’s Launch Party Event in April 2020.
  • Third Prize: $2,000/ year scholarship to Pfeiffer University pending acceptance and $75 cash, and a public performance during The Phoenix’s Launch Party Event in April 2020.

[Cash prizes double upon matriculation to Pfeiffer University]

 The judges reserve the right to withhold a prize, if they feel it necessary to do so. All decisions of the judges are final.
Opens: September 1st
Closes: December 1st
Guidelines
The Phoenix accepts previously unpublished work in any style, form, or genre. No more than 5000 words, double-spaced, for prose or five poems per entry. Applicants must be enrolled in high school or community college to participate.
All work entered will be considered for publication.
Please submit your work as the title of the piece(s) specifically.
Blind Submissions: Out of fairness to all writers, The Phoenix requires that your name and contact information not be placed on any of the uploaded files of your submissions.
Those who choose to enter their best work to the PICMA contest may also choose to submit pieces to the various other submission categories as well.
Other PICMA Contests
Also, check out the other PICMA contest opportunities on our webpage.
Questions
If you have any questions for our editors please do email us at: thephoenix@pfeiffer.edu
Please also check out our website for archived material and other information: http://www.pfeiffer-phoenix.com

Interested in getting your hands on the 61st issue of The Phoenix? 

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 Interested in getting your hands on the 61st issue of The Phoenix?  Here's your chance!  

In lieu of a Launch Party release, copies for our 61st issue are $4 for Pfeiffer students, staff, alumni, and faculty so that you may receive the 61st issue of The Phoenix literary journal as soon as it arrives.

 

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IN THIS ISSUE | 59

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY 

Andrew Chomiczewski     Night Lights*

Juanita Kruse     Mistress of All She Surveys 

Gwendolyn Mintz     At the Core

Anna Morgan     Below the Clouds

Samantha Smith     Seafoam

                                   Warm Sunrise

Ava Sangster     Buzzard

2017/2018 PICMA Winner

Ava Sangster     Before the Darkness Can Push Me Away

Non-Fiction

William C. Crawford     Foraging Smelter Town - Finding Super Fund Origins, Tom Rush and Death

Mark Walsh     The Forest of Life

Margaret Earley     Whitt  Open Letter to the Class of 2018

Fiction

Edith Boyd     Perils of Moving Day

Jacob Butlett   Waltzing in Crimson Light

Alicia Roberts     The Aftermath

Kareem Tayyar     Days when the Rain Would Come

Matthew Twigg      Horizons

Poetry 

John Grey     Beach Resort

Sam Hanlon     Backwards Day

Lea Hilton       Listen

Joel Johnson     Better Halves

ChyAnn Ketchum      Maybelline

Brandon Marlon      Abstraction's Postscript

Jacob Michel      Sleep

P.C. Schponik      The Edge

                               Something Important 

Kristen Slone      Letter to My Least Favorite Body Part

Devon Williams      Where I Am From

*This piece was also the cover art for Issue 59

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