Pithead Chapel electronically publishes art, literary fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry monthly. At present, we only accept submissions under 4,000 words. All submissions that fall within our guidelines will be considered for an upcoming issue.

Please only submit one prose poem, story, or nonfiction piece at a time (this includes all genres) and wait for a response before sending us another.

Cover Art: We're looking for cover art for our upcoming online issues. Previous issues have featured paintings and photography--both realistic and abstract. Browse through our archives to get a sense of what we like.

Fiction: We only accept one story per submission and this includes flash fiction. Please make sure the word count doesn't exceed 4,000 words. In addition, please wait until you receive a decision from us on the first submission before sending us another. If the guidelines aren’t followed your story will be returned at our convenience, unread.

Nonfiction: We're interested in personal, memoir, lyric, flash (short-shorts), and experimental essays; we aren't interested in critical essays. Please make sure the word count doesn't exceed 4,000 words. If the guidelines aren’t followed your work will be returned at our convenience, unread.

Prose Poetry: We only accept prose poem submissions; no traditional forms (sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, limericks, elegies, etc.). If you send us a traditional, lineated poem, we will reject it. In addition, please wait until you receive a decision from us on the first prose poem before sending us another.

Simultaneous Submissions: We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please contact us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Rights: If your work is accepted by Pithead Chapel, you’re granting us First Serial Rights, along with nonexclusive Electronic Archival Rights, to showcase your work indefinitely on our site. At the time of publication, all rights revert back to the author. If you republish the work elsewhere, all we ask is that you please credit us as the first publisher.

Editing: Pithead Chapel reserves the right to edit manuscripts for clarity without notification if necessary. If a manuscript requires a substantial amount of editing, we will notify the author of such changes for review before publication.

Response Time: We’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible. If you haven’t heard from us in 6-8 weeks then query us; otherwise, please be patient. We are doing our best and giving each submission the attention it deserves.

Payment: Currently, we don’t have any way to pay contributors. Someday this could change. For now though all we can do is help promote your writing.


We're looking for cover art for our upcoming online issues. Previous issues have featured paintings and photography--both realistic and abstract. Browse through our archives to get a sense of what we like.

Submit up to three pieces at a time. After we respond, you're welcome to submit again if you have more work that fits. 

You'll retain the rights to your work, and you may send art that has been featured in other arenas--gallery shows, portfolios--but we ask that you do not submit art that has already appeared in another literary journal. In addition, you must be the copyright owner of your submitted work.

Selected art is incorporated into our cover design, which includes our logo. Each cover will be featured the duration of the month, then may be accessed from the "archives" portion of our site.

Fiction submissions up to 4,000 words should be submitted here. We only accept one story per submission and this includes flash fiction. 

Please adhere to these guidelines when submitting to Pithead Chapel: 

  • Name, email address, and phone number appears on the first page of the story
  • Work is double spaced and has a 12-point font
  • Work has page numbers
  • Pithead Chapel doesn’t consider previously published work (this includes journals, blogs, etc.)
  • Please don’t send us genre fiction; we aren’t the market for it
  • Your third-person bio should be included in the cover letter
  • Please submit one story at a time and wait for a response before sending us another

Nonfiction submissions less than 4,000 words should be submitted here.

We're interested in personal, memoir, lyric, flash (short-shorts), hybrid, and experimental essays; we aren't interested in critical essays.

Please adhere to these guidelines when submitting to Pithead Chapel

  • Name, email address, and phone number appears on the first page of the story
  • Work is double spaced and has a 12-point font
  • Work has page numbers
  • Pithead Chapel doesn’t consider previously published work (this includes journals, blogs, etc.)
  • Your third-person bio should be included in the cover letter
  • Please submit one piece at a time and wait for a response before sending us another

Important: We only accept prose poetry; no traditional forms (sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, limericks, etc.)

Please submit 1-3 prose poems on a single Word document and wait for a response before sending us another. If you need to withdraw any individual poem (and not the entire submission of poems) from consideration, please send an email to pitheadchapel@yahoo.com and let us know the title(s) that are no longer available.

Here are a few prose poems that we admire: The Fire Cycle by Zachary Schomburg and Two Prose Poems by Nin Andrews.


Please adhere to these guidelines when submitting to Pithead Chapel:

  • Name, email address, and phone number appears on the first page of your submission
  • Work is double spaced and has a 12-point font
  • Document is saved as a rtf, .doc, or .docx file (we will not accept any other file types)
  • Pithead Chapel doesn’t consider previously published work (this includes journals, blogs, etc.)

  • Your third-person bio should be included in the cover letter

Ends on October 31, 2017$10.00
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We're pleased to announce the second annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st $250, 2nd $75, and 3rd $25. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2018 issue of Pithead Chapel.

2017 Guest Judge: Anne Valente

Contest Guidelines

Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting

  • The contest is open from August 1st to October 31st of each year
  • The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words
  • No previously published work will be considered
  • The writer's name and contact information should only appear on the cover letter; submissions will be judged blindly by our guest judge
  • Again, no identifying information should appear on the submitted manuscript
  • There's a $10 entry fee for each story submission
  • Writers can submit multiple entries; however, each entry must be submitted separately and each entry requires an entry fee and cover letter with an address and phone number
  • The winner and honorable mentions will be notified by December 15th, 2017
  • Those selected as honorable mentions will have the chance to be published alongside the winning selections in the January 2018 issue of Pithead Chapel