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Submission Charges

To help support us with website hosting and maintenance costs we have introduced a tip jar. If you're unable to pay, that's OK - your submission(s) will not be compromised in any way.  Suggested tip amounts can be found on the tip jar under submission details below. The tip jar will not be available when we are closed for submissions. Thank you.

Submission with feedback

If you would like to submit and receive general feedback on your work from the editors, please check out the information below.

Submission Guidelines

The Phare Schedule


May 21

Submission window 1st March - 25th April 21 at 7pm (UK time)

Theme: open


Aug 21

Submission window 1st June - 25th July 21 at 7pm (UK time)

Theme: open

Nov 21

Submission window 1st Sept - 25th October 21 at 7pm (UK time)

Theme: open



  • Before submitting, please read an issue of The Phare so you're aware of the type of work we publish.

  • Be kind to us. A sensible font, 12 point. Double-spaced for fiction, single-spaced for poetry. 

  • Fiction format: please do not indent new paras or dialogue - just add appropriate line breaks. 


  • In the subject box, please say whether it's  a short story, flash or poetry and the title of the piece e.g. ‘Short Story – 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


  • Short Stories – max 3000 words. Flash Fiction – max 1000 words. Poetry – max 40 lines​


  • Please send no more than one short story, two flash fictions or four poems.


  • 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.


  • Unpublished pieces only please.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 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. 


Submission Tip Jar


To pay via PayPal, simply click on the relevant item from the drop down menu on the tip jar. Once you receive your confirmation email from PayPal, copy and paste the reference number(s) at the top of your submission email. If you don't use PayPal, you can log in as a guest.


Submission with Editor’s General Feedback

£10 per flash fiction (less than 1000 words)    £15 per short story (1000-3000 words)

This will consist of submission into our current reading period (no need to pay tip-jar) 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.  

Sorry we don’t currently offer General Submission with Editor’s feedback for poetry.