Pacifica Literary Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone | June 27, 2017

Pacifica Literary Review publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and art & design. They are based out of Seattle, Washington. They publish three web-exclusive issues in September, January, and May, as well as one print issue every year. They have an interesting approach to writing and publishing which I have excerpted below, as it will give you a good idea for the tone and kind of work they are looking for.

Writers from all backgrounds, races, orientations, occupations, and sports fandoms are encouraged to send us work. Professors and baristas will receive equal consideration. Sonnets and memes will receive equal consideration. If it is excellent and gives us the feels, we’ll print it.

For reference, here is a brief and incomplete list of things which do not give us the feels: when the son does not want to be like the father, 3 trees + 2 bodies of water = beauty, gesturing towards vulnerability without being vulnerable, your penis, preciousness, things that are made to be knocked over, and knockoffs.

Here’s what we want: your best work: if your bio is more impressive than your writing, it’s going to anger up our blood. You think we’re pikers over here or something? We’re not pikers over here. We want things that are interesting to read, because we have all read enough of that one story/poem (you know the one) in your workshops and we are all bored with it. We want unique voices and risky writing; send your predictable stuff to those hoary old journals who’ve been printing the same thing since 1970.

They have no limitations on subject matter. Prose submissions must be under 5,000 words and Flash fiction submissions must be no more than 1000 words. Novel excerpts while acceptable must be able to stand alone. For poetry do not submit more than three poems in a single document.

All submissions must be made through their submittable. They read year round and only close to submissions for two weeks proceeding the publication of each of their online issues. They do not charge a reading fee for submitting but they are currently running a fiction contest with a 15 dollar fee attached.

To learn more please visit their submission guidelines here.