Submissions are now CLOSED for our Fall/Winter 2020 issue. We are currently accepting submissions for online publication only (see below for the various categories where we are accepting content). We are offering everyone who sends us work a free digital subscription to Epiphany. If you submit work to us, the code for a free digital subscription will be included in our initial response letter.

We hope that when you read Epiphany, you'll get a sense of the great variety of stories, poems, essays, and genre-bending work that we like, and the recurring themes to which we keep returning. We hope that you'll enjoy and connect with the work of your fellow writers, and that you'll feel you're a valued part of our community, rather than just another lonely writer sending your beloved work out into some unsympathetic void.  We hope you'll see what makes us different. We hope you'll feel you have a stake in our endeavor.


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Digital subscriptions are also available here, including access to the current issue. Issue is available as .epub, .mobi, and .pdf. Everyone who submits work for online publication will receive a complimentary digital subscription to Epiphany. Submissions to the Breakout 8 Contest are currently CLOSED. Submissions for the print issue of Epiphany are also CLOSED. Our next reading period will be in the early Spring.

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For online publication only at epiphanyzine.com.  

A short story doesn't have to be long to break your heart or change your life. We are looking to publish devastating short fiction, a thousand words or less in any category or genre, that can be read in one giant gulp. 

The name of Epiphany magazine derives from the Joycean idea that an epiphany is the moment when “the soul of the commonest object… seems to us radiant.” Like the semicolon in our logo, an epiphany is a pause in time followed by a shift in thinking. Like the semicolon, an epiphany can consist of a confluence between two ideas. Like the semicolon, an epiphany is both a part of language and outside of it.

1. Submit one piece at a time.
2. Format in 12-pt font, double-spaced.  
3. 1000 words or less.
4.  Tell us if you're submitting simultaneously to other publications (and please withdraw promptly through Submittable should your work be accepted elsewhere).
5. We only consider previously unpublished work.
6. Please include your name, title, and word count on the first page of the submitted file. 

We pay $25 for flash fiction that we publish online.

Discounted 1-year subscriptions ($20) are available upon submission, as an add-on item at the payment stage. 

We aim to respond to submissions within three to four months, ideally much sooner. Please be patient: we give thoughtful and thorough consideration to each submission. We look forward to receiving your work!

For online publication only at epiphanyzine.com. 

We are interested in work that celebrates and redefines the possibilities of language and form, that explores both the everyday and the exceptional, that makes the familiar strange and the strange familiar, and brings that which was once in the darkness into the light. We will consider work in all forms and traditions, from all voices and backgrounds, but are particularly interested in work from international writers, writers of color, LGBTQIA writers, and minority voices writing from liminal spaces.

Please submit up to 5 poems of any form and length; this includes serial poetry and excerpts from manuscripts and chapbooks. We are especially interested in poetry in translation but please make sure to secure translation rights prior to submission. 


1. Format in a Standard 12-pt font.  
2. Five (5) poems is the maximum for one submission.
3. Tell us if you're submitting simultaneously to other publications (and please withdraw promptly through Submittable should your work be accepted elsewhere).
5. We only consider previously unpublished work. 


We pay $25 for poetry we publish online.

  **Discounted 1-year subscriptions ($20) are available upon submission, as an add-on item at the payment stage.
 We aim to respond to submissions within three to four months, ideally much sooner. Please be patient: we give thoughtful and thorough consideration to each submission. We look forward to receiving your work!

 For online publication only at epiphanyzine.com. We welcome submissions of short personal essays and meditations (3K words and less) about books of all kinds: poetry, fiction, and genre-agnostic; forthcoming novels and ancient texts; books you loved as a kid and books that challenge you as an adult. While we welcome traditional book reviews, we're particularly interested in essays that explore the act of reading itself: a specific reader's relationship with a specific text, for instance, and the way that relationship can evolve over time.  Essays will be given special consideration if they are about work by writers of color. 

1. Submit one piece at a time. 

2. Format in 12-pt font, double-spaced.  

3. 3000 words or less.

4.  Tell us if you're submitting simultaneously to other publications (and please withdraw promptly through Submittable should your work be accepted elsewhere). 

5. We only consider previously unpublished work. 

6. Please include your name, title, and word count on the first page of the submitted file. 

We pay $25 for "What We're Reading Now" essays that we publish online.

 **Discounted 1-year subscriptions ($20) are available upon submission, as an add-on item at the payment stage. 

We aim to respond to submissions within three to four months, ideally much sooner. Please be patient: we give thoughtful and thorough consideration to each submission. We look forward to receiving your work!

 For online publication only at epiphanyzine.com.  Writers often listen to music as they work. But while most music writing focuses on the input of what's being listened to or on the output of what's produced during listening, we're looking for essays that meditate on that magical middle, the place where music and one's writing practice intersect. 

We want essays about the role music plays in your creative process, about how your writing and listening inform one another. We welcome meditations on all types of music (from Detroit techno to Indonesia gamelan to Rhianna); on all platforms for playing music (from your iPhone to a turntable to the jazz club you share a wall with); on all geographies where the writing-listening takes place (your kitchen table, a park bench, the bus); and on writing of any kind. 

It's been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. We want submissions from writers who don't hear the impossibility in that sentiment, but the potential.


1. Submit one piece at a time.
2. Format in 12-pt font, double-spaced.  
3. 3000 words or less (ideally, we are looking for essays that are about 1000-1500 words)
4.  Tell us if you're submitting simultaneously to other publications (and please withdraw promptly through Submittable should your work be accepted elsewhere).
5. We only consider previously unpublished work.
6. Please include your name, title, and word count on the first page of the submitted file. 


We pay $50 for "Music for Desks" essays that we publish online.


 **Discounted 1-year subscriptions ($20) are available upon submission, as an add-on item at the payment stage.
We aim to respond to submissions within three to four months, ideally much sooner. Please be patient: we give thoughtful and thorough consideration to each submission. We look forward to receiving your work!

For online publication at epiphanyzine.com. We are looking for essays about poetry, and we are particularly interested in:


-      creative essays on poetry and poetic craft
-      personal essays inspired by individual poems or books of poetry
-      book reviews of previously underrated or upcoming books of poetry
-      interviews with poets; and
-      conversations between poets

We will consider work in all forms and traditions, from all voices and backgrounds, but are particularly interested in work from international writers, writers of color, LGBTQIA writers, and minority voices writing from liminal spaces.

1. Submit one piece at a time.
2. Format in 12-pt font, double-spaced.  
3. 3000 words or less.
4.  Tell us if you're submitting simultaneously to other publications (and please withdraw promptly through Submittable should your work be accepted elsewhere).
5. We only consider previously unpublished work.
6. Please include your name, title, and word count on the first page of the submitted file. 


We pay $50 for "Practice of Poetry" essays that we publish online.

  **Discounted 1-year subscriptions ($20) are available upon submission, as an add-on item at the payment stage. 


 We aim to respond to submissions within three to four months, ideally much sooner. Please be patient: we give thoughtful and thorough consideration to each submission. We look forward to receiving your work!

A yearly subscription consists of one spring/summer issue and one fall/winter writing contest issue.

For addresses outside the US, please email us at epiphany.magazine@gmail.com to subscribe.

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