Submissions are currently OPEN for the Spring/Summer 2023 Issue of Epiphany, in the categories of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. The deadline for submissions for the next issue is January 1st, 2023. 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.


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Submissions are currently OPEN for the 5th Annual Breakout! Prize in the categories of poetry and prose. This year's guest judges will be Safiya Sinclair and Meredith Westgate. Each winner will receive a $1000 cash prize, publication in the next issue of Epiphany, and a print subscription to the magazine. All contest entrants will also receive a free digital subscription with the code included in our initial response letter.


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Submissions are currently OPEN for work to be published exclusively online at Epiphany. All digital submissions will also receive a free digital subscription with the code 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, which includes 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

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GENERAL SPRING/SUMMER 2023 SUBMISSIONS will be open from Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 at 12AM EST through January 1st, 2023 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 ($23) 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 SPRING/SUMMER 2023 SUBMISSIONS will be open from November 15th, 2022 at 12AM EST through January 1st, 2023 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 ($23) 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 SPRING/SUMMER 2023 SUBMISSIONS will be open from Tuesday, November 15th at 12AM EST through January 1st, 2023 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 ($23) 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.

Epiphany announces the 5th Annual Breakout! Writers Prize for undergraduate and graduate students. Winners receive a $1000 cash prize and publication.


The 5th 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 January 1st. All applicants will receive a complimentary digital subscription to Epiphany.


Two writers, one in prose and one in poetry, will receive:

  • Publication in the Spring/Summer 2023 Issue of Epiphany
  • A $1000 cash prize each
  • A one-year subscription to Epiphany


Eligibility: Candidates must have been enrolled in an accredited university, at least part-time, for the academic years 2021 or 2022. 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 Safiya Sinclair, Meredith Westgate, and the editors of Epiphany.


Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the memoir How to Say Babylon,  forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. She is also the author of the poetry collection Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year, and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, as well as being longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Sinclair’s other honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerGranta, The Nation, PoetryKenyon Review, the Oxford American, and elsewhere.

She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.


Meredith Westgate is the author of The Shimmering State. Her work  has appeared in Joyland, LitHub, No Tokens, and more. She is a graduate  of Dartmouth College and has an MFA in Fiction from The New School. She  is also a mentor with Girls Write Now. Visit her at meredithwestgate.com and on Instagram @meredithwestgate.


Fee: The entry fee of $20 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 January 1st, 2023.

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.

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.

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 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!

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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