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The Phare Schedule
Open Submission Window:
From 30th March 2022 we have an open submission window and accept work all year round. Our published magazine dates are as follows:
Spring 22 - Goes live March with our WriteWords Competition. Submission window 1st January to 18th March 22 at 7pm UK time (open theme)
Summer 22 - Goes live June (open theme)
Autumn 22 - Goes live September (theme tbc)
Winter 22 - Goes live December (open theme)
We operate a tip jar system for submissions. Any money we receive goes to helping us maintain and host the website. We've kept suggested levels to the minimum, so should you choose to pay, it will cost less than buying a cup of coffee! (Feel free to buy us more than one cup - we like coffee!) Please note if you'd rather not pay to submit, this will not affect your chances of being published - all work is considered solely its merit. You can find the tip jar under the submission guidelines.
Short Fiction (including Flash)/Poetry/Creative Non-Fiction
Before submitting, please read an issue of The Phare so you're aware of the type of work we publish.
Use a sensible font, 12 point. Double-spaced for fiction and creative non-fiction, single-spaced for poetry.
Short fiction/flash/creative non-fiction format: please do not indent new paras or dialogue - just add appropriate line breaks.
In the subject box, please say whether it's short fiction, flash, creative non-fiction or poetry and the title of the piece e.g. ‘Short Fiction – My Phare Lady’
In the body of the email please include a third person author’s bio of no more than 75 words with any social media or personal website links
Please send no more than one piece of short fiction (up to 2000 words), one piece of creative non-fiction (up to 2000 words) one piece of flash (up to 500 words) or up to four poems (max 40 lines each). Your work will not be considered if it exceeds the word or line count and we'll be unable to refund submission fees. Please check before sending!
On each piece please type your name, email address and word count (line count if it’s a poem)
Please send your piece as a word document attachment. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN PDF FORMAT.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if your story has been accepted elsewhere. If you withdraw a piece before our closing date, we will happily refund your submission fees.
Unpublished pieces only please.
We may suggest a few minor edits before publication.
There are a few things that will turn the The Phare's lights out; overtly transgressive, gratuitous violence and/or sex, religious intolerance, anything homophobic or racist. And sorry, we’re not the right place for YA or children’s literature.
By submitting your written work to The Phare Literary Magazine you are granting us non-exclusive rights to publish in our online journal at www.thephare.com and in any The Phare print journal or anthology. We will also be granted non-exclusive archival rights to display the written work for as long as The Phare exists. Copyright remains with the author.
If you are unsuccessful, we'd love you to submit again but please wait until the next submission window.
Email all submissions (once you’ve read above guidelines) to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Short Fiction up to 2000 words (includes Flash Fiction)
Creative Non Fiction
up to 2000 words
Up to 4 Poems
Submission with Editor’s General Feedback
This will consist of submission into our current reading period (no need to pay entry fee) and overview comments from one of The Phare’s senior editors. We will be honest and supportive – offering our considered and experienced opinion on where things worked, and where you might consider revision. We will send our overview comments in an email within 21 days of receipt of your work, together with a note saying whether your piece has or hasn’t been accepted for publication in our next issue. Please note The Phare is currently accepting only around 5% of submissions.