Submissions are currently OPEN for the 2021 Breakout! Writers Prize for undergraduate and graduate prose and poetry writers. The prize is $1000 cash (each) for two prose writers and two poets, publication in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Epiphany, a year-long membership to The Authors Guild, and a year-long mentorship with editor-in-chief Rachel Lyon. This year's contest will be judged by Nadia Owusu, Shane McCrae, and Rachel Lyon. Submissions close on November 1st at midnight. All applicants will receive a complimentary digital subscription to Epiphany.



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Submissions are currently OPEN for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art for the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Epiphany. Submissions will close on December 1st. 

During this submissions period, 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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Submissions are currently OPEN for work to be published exclusively online at Epiphany.


Digital subscriptions are also available here, including access to the current issue. The digital issue is available as .epub, .mobi, and .pdf. Everyone who submits work for online publication will receive a complimentary digital subscription to Epiphany. Submissions for the print edition of Epiphany and to the Fresh Voices Fellowship are currently CLOSED. 

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Epiphany announces the 4th Annual Breakout! Writers Prize for undergraduate and graduate students in conjunction with The Authors Guild. Winners receive a $1000 cash prize, publication, and a year-long writing mentorship.


The Fourth Annual Breakout! Writers Prize brings visibility to the creators of our future by honoring and supporting outstanding college and graduate student writers. Winners have gone on to get agents, publish books, and discover new careers in publishing. Submissions close on November 1st. All applicants will receive a complimentary digital subscription to Epiphany.


Four writers, two in prose and two in poetry, will receive:

  • Publication in the Fall/Winter 2021 Breakout Issue of Epiphany
  • A $1000 cash prize each
  • A year-long mentorship, including an additional short manuscript review, with Epiphany's editor-in-chief Rachel Lyon
  • A one-year membership with The Authors Guild
  • A one-year subscription to Epiphany


Eligibility: Candidates must have been enrolled in an accredited university, at least part-time, for the academic years 2020 or 2021. The prize is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Students need not be enrolled in MFA programs or creative writing programs.

Submission: Applications will be submitted by individual writers. Interested applicants must submit a creative manuscript and a “Statement of Interest,” which includes the creative manuscript title, author’s enrollment status and the name of college or university attended, and an email address and telephone number for the department head of the student’s program of study or academic advisor (if applicable). Prose manuscripts may consist of one short story, a novel excerpt, or a work of creative nonfiction not to exceed 5000 words. Poetry manuscripts may include up to five poems, formatted in accordance with standard poetry conventions using a 12-point font. The author’s name should not appear on the creative manuscript. Please number all pages of the manuscript and include the manuscript title.

Judging: Honorees will be selected blind on the basis of the work’s creative merit by a judging panel comprised of Rachel Lyon, Nadia Owusu, and Shane McCrae.

Rachel Lyon is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and which is currently in feature film development at Topic Studios. Rachel's shorter work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Longreads, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, and other publications. A cofounder of the reading series Ditmas Lit, she has taught for Catapult, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Slice Literary, and elsewhere. Subscribe to Rachel's Writing/Thinking Prompts newsletter at tinyletter.com/rachellyon, and visit her at www.rachellyon.work.

Nadia Owusu is a Ghanaian and Armenian-American writer and urbanist. Her first book, Aftershocks, topped many most-anticipated and best book of the year lists, including The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, TIME, Vulture, and the BBC. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Nadia is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Orion, Epiphany, Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, and others. By day, Nadia is Director of Storytelling at Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned consulting firm working for justice and liberation in partnership with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. She teaches creative writing at the Mountainview MFA program and lives in Brooklyn.

Shane McCrae's most recent books are Sometimes I Never Suffered, shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Rilke Prize, and The Gilded Auction Block, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has received a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

Fee: The entry fee of $10 can be paid via Submittable to subsidize administrative costs associated with the application review. All applicants will receive a complimentary 1-year digital subscription to Epiphany.

Deadline: Entries must be received by midnight on November 1st .



Epiphany is a semiannual literary journal and independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) that supports practicing writers at every stage of their careers. During our open reading periods we consider every submission seriously. We also publish online essays, fiction, and poetry on a rolling basis. For 18+ years we have published work that transcends convention and demonstrates literary mastery. Our name 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.

The Authors Guild Foundation is the charitable and educational arm of the Authors Guild. It educates, supports, and protects American writers to ensure that a rich, diverse body of literature can flourish. It does this by advocating for authors’ rights, educating authors across the country in the business of writing, and promoting an understanding of the value of writers.


NOTE: All applicants will receive a complimentary 1-year digital subscription to Epiphany. The code to access this subscription will be found in the receipt email for each submission.

GENERAL FALL/WINTER SUBMISSIONS will be open from Friday, October 1st, 2021 at 12AM EST through December 1st at 12AM EST.


To expedite our response, please remember these GUIDELINES FOR GENERAL SUBMISSIONS (FICTION):

1. Submit one story at a time.

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

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

4. We only consider previously unpublished work (online or in print).

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

6. Translations are welcome with rights permission from the original writer. Novel chapters / excerpts are also welcome.

7. Include a short bio with your cover letter.

8. Fiction contributors will receive a payment of $150, and two copies of the journal.**

**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. Please be  patient: we give thoughtful and thorough consideration to each  submission. We look forward to receiving your work.

During this submissions period, 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.

GENERAL FALL/WINTER SUBMISSIONS will be open from Friday, October 1st, 2021 at 12AM EST through December 1st at 12AM EST.

To expedite our response, please remember these GUIDELINES FOR GENERAL SUBMISSIONS (POETRY):

1. Submit up to 5 poems at a time.

2. Format in 12-pt font, single-spaced (where appropriate).

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

4. We only consider previously unpublished work (online or in print).

5. Please include your name and title on the first page of the submitted file.

6. Translations are welcome with rights permission from the original writer.

7. Include a short bio with your cover letter.

8. Poetry contributors will receive a payment of $50 per poem and two copies of the journal.**

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

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

GENERAL FALL/WINTER SUBMISSIONS will be open from Friday, October 1st at 12AM EST through December 1st at 12AM EST.

To expedite our response, please remember these GUIDELINES FOR GENERAL SUBMISSIONS:

1. Submit one essay at a time.

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

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

4. We only consider previously unpublished work (online or in print).

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

6. Translations are welcome with rights permission from the original writer. Excerpts from books in progress, memoirs, or longer works are also welcome.

7. Include a short bio with your cover letter.

8. Non fiction contributors will receive a payment of $150 and two copies of the journal.**

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

During this submissions period, 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 aim to respond to submissions within three to four months. Please be patient. We give thoughtful and thorough consideration to each  submission. We look forward to receiving your work.

Please submit your photo or artwork to be considered for an Epiphany issue cover, or as art for inside the magazine.

The cover will be printed in full-color with the magazine’s logo in overprint, and will be reproduced on the magazine’s website and electronic publications.

If your work is selected for use on our cover, we will ask you to grant us a one-time use of your image. You will also need to provide a high-resolution scan of the artwork (300 dpi), at the inch dimensions of our issue, for print-quality reproduction.

You can submit up to three images at a time. In the cover letter, feel free to provide any information about your artwork that we should know. Low-res images are acceptable for submissions, as long as high-res images can be provided when necessary. Please also specify if you are submitting art intended for inside the magazine or for the cover. Compensation offered for licensing this art is $200+ for art inside the issue and $300 for a cover.

During this submissions period, 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.

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. 

During this submissions period, 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 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. 

During this submissions period, 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 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. 

During this submissions period, 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 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. 

During this submissions period, 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 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. 

During this submissions period, 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 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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