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Site will no longer be updated

Hi Everyone,

As the writing community in the Phoenix area has grown and flourished, I have personally moved in another direction.  I have stepped away from my other responsibilities in the community, and placed them in other capable hands.  This site is no longer a necessary tool to connect the disparate groups and projects together as I am no longer a community leader.  I do not have as easy access to the information that was so readily available to me before, and will no longer update the site.

I hope you found this a useful resource in the past, and wish the best in the future.

Best Regards.


Four Chambers and Eye Lounge – Ekphrastic Collaboration – Collaboration Submissions

(Please note – I am not Jake, nor am I affiliated with four chambers. -Webmaster 🙂
Hi everybody!
Four Chambers will be partnering with the downtown Phoenix contemporary art space and collective eye lounge to pair eleven local authors with their current members to produce original ekphrastic work for a show during Art Detour (opening March 18th, 2016) and, if you or anyone else you know might be interested–friends, partners, writers, teachers, students, peers, etc–please feel free to apply / pass along the attached information / send them our way.
Just let me know if you have any questions? Applying is basically as easy as sending us an e-mail, the deadline for applications is Wednesday December 9th. Hope you all have a happy holidays if you are into that sort of thing, looking forward to seeing everyone around soon!

Four Chambers 03 Launch Event

Feel free to join the facebook event!

It’s been a year. Please join us as we celebrate the release of our third issue with readings from local authors and general merry-making at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013) on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 6:30 pm. It’s free!

With readings from Kelly Nelson, Christopher Danowski, Eric Wertheimer, Edward Kearns, Reese Conner, Melissa Tramuta, Gary Joshua Garrison, Kitt Keller and more

Four Chambers 03 is 166 pages long and features 55 poems and 18 prose works from 55 authors (over 50% local) with 4 illustrations.

For more information and sample work please visit http://fourchamberspress.com/issue03

Calls For Submissions! (Next Submissions call for January First)

Apologies – The next call for submissions will be on January First.  Keep this on your calendars!



  • Leah Newsom is looking for short poetry and microfiction for a new lit mag called Spilled Milk (click here)

Please feel free to contact the organizers directly if you have any questions.

Spilled Milk http://www.spilledmilkmagazine.com/submit

We are looking for fiction that is no more than 1500 words, that can be read in the amount of time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee. We are interested in “good” fiction, whatever that entails. The more innovative, unique, captivating, the better.


We accept nonfiction that is no more than 1500 words, and, just like the fiction, can be read in a coffee-sipping timeline.


We’re interested in poems no more than 20 lines, again, to be read while drinking a cup of coffee. The same qualifications of “good” exist for poetry as well as fiction and nonfiction. We don’t know what that means, but if you think it’s good, send it to us. We want to read it.

Please send no more than two stories or essays, and/or four poems per submission.

We publish previously unpublished work.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please email us to let us know if your piece has been picked up elsewhere.

All authors and artists maintain publication rights so that the copyright immediately reverts back to the author upon publication.

Email all submissions as a Word doc to spilledmilkmagazine at gmail dot com.

Four Chambers Press has launched a Kickstarter!‏

We wanted to let you know that Four Chambers just launched a Kickstarter to raise $5,000 to fund the printing of our projects through the rest of the year – Four Chambers 03 and a special project that we partnered with Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken+Donuts on entitled Welcome Home. Here’s a link to the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/633503070/keep-the-heart-of-literature-beating
Needless to say, any support you can provide is extremely helpful and appreciated, and please feel free to share the Kickstarter with your friends and followers to help get the word out! See the attached press release for more information.
Thank you so much for your time!

— Four Chambers

Four Chambers
The Heart of Literature
(website; facebook; twitter; order; submit)

Keep the Heart of Literature Beating: Four Chambers Launches Kickstarter

Phoenix, AZ (August 18th, 2015)… Independent community literary magazine and small press Four Chambers has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $5,000 by Thursday, September 10th, 2015. The money will be used to bring their current projects to print—Four Chambers 03 and a special project in collaboration with local businesses Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts entitled Welcome Home—seed their operations for next year, and stay in business.

Four Chambers was founded in the Summer of 2013 with the goal of giving greater visibility to the literary arts and encouraging their larger participation in the cultural scene. In keeping that mission, Four Chambers has published a yearly journal, released special projects / thematic anthologies, and organized numerous events and programs—writing groups, salons, featured readings and interviews—in order to serve as a nexus for local literature in the Valley and generally build a stronger community. This Fall, the press intends to expand programming and outreach as it continues production, with plans to begin releasing single author works next Spring.

As Four Chambers continues to grow, challenges with a sales model have required the magazine to seek additional sources of revenue. “Right now, our print runs are just too small to enter into distribution or generate a meaningful profit,” explains Jake Friedman, the press’s Founder and Editor in Chief. “Basically, we’re just asking for additional support from the community as we continue to grow our business.”

More to the point, Four Chambers believes it encompasses more than a product or publication. “Publishing is the nucleus of our organization, but it’s just one of many services we provide,” continues Friedman. “And in certain respects, we believe a fundraiser is able to articulate that relationship in a clearer and more accurate way.”

From the moment I held my first copy, I knew I had purchased something special,” states Samantha Jackson, Director of Operations for Downtown Phoenix Inc. “It’s important to foster our voices and be able to share the creative process. Four Chambers is opening a door to Phoenix’s little-known literary scene coupled with works of art that make each volume a collector’s item.”

Gail Browne, Executive Director for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, echoes the critical role Four Chambers plays in creative placemaking and public engagement. “Not only does Four Chambers provide a platform for local writers to see their creative work in print, it builds and sustains an exciting literary conversation for Phoenix writers and readers alike. I’m also impressed with the degree to which Four Chambers creates artistic partnerships with arts institutions and local business: this is community building at its best.”

The Kickstarter (which went live Tuesday, August 11th) has already raised over $3,000 in little under a week, reaching nearly 60% of its $5,000 goal. “It’s been so humbling to see the community care about Four Chambers as much as we do,” explains Assistant Director Kelsey Pinckney. “They responded so quickly and vehemently, it renews my belief in it again. It’s made me just take a deep breath and realize how strong we all are—the community—when we move together.” The campaign has also been chosen by Kickstarter as a staff pick.

Fundraising ends Thursday, September 10th. If Four Chambers does not meet its goal, the magazine will be forced to more or less suspend operations. To learn more about the Four Chambers Kickstarter, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/633503070/keep-the-heart-of-literature-beating.

Welcome Home is a special project featuring 12 poems and 8 prose works by 20 local authors inspired by the local businesses Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts and is planned to be released with a launch party at Welcome Diner Saturday evening, September 19th.

Four Chambers 03 features 57 poems and 15 prose works from 55 authors (nearly 50% local) and is planned to be released in mid to late October. While the magazine is unsure whether the fundraising campaign will generate enough money to commission local artists to produce illustrations for winning work (as it has in the past), Jeff Slim, Monica Aissa Martinez, and Andrew ‘Soldierleisure’ Brown are tentatively on board.

About Four Chambers Press Local-National

Four Chambers Press is an independent community press based in Phoenix, AZ whose mission is to give greater visibility to the literary arts and encourage their larger participation in the cultural scene. For more information please visit http://fourchamberspress.com.

Four Chambers – June 19th Limited Engagement Reading and Interview Featuring Frank Jackson

Limited Engagement Reading and Interview Featuring Frank Jackson

LE 02 Flier Frank Jackson

Four Chambers Call for Submissions – Deadline July 6th, 2015

Four Chambers
The Heart of Literature
(website; facebook; twitter; order; submit)


Four Chambers Presents Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum First Friday March 6th

Hi Everybody!

Sorry to bother you, but we just wanted to invite you to the release of our latest project Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) on First Friday March 6th, where we’ll be staging walking tours and live performances throughout the evening.

For more information, please see the attached press release or facebook event. Please feel free to share through newsletters, social media, with anyone you know who might be interested. To order the book, visit our website (here).

Just let us know if you have any questions, thanks so much, and hope to see you there!

Writing Contest – Pet Anthology – Paws and Reflect: Tales of Tails (April 17th)

Good Morning, My name is Sheryl and I have been involved in the writing community since I moved to Las Vegas in 2008. I have served as President of the Writers of Southern Nevada and as Critique Group Organizer of the Las Vegas Writers Group. While I still write quite a bit, I have dedicated my time to animal rescue and work with a group called Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (we were featured in the Review Journal about a month ago). I wanted to find a way to combine my love of writing with my love of animals and decided to create a writing contest. “Paws and Reflect: Tales of Tails” is our first annual short story contest. The top 10 stories will be featured in an anthology by Muddy Pig Press. The prompt is: Pets hold a special place in our hearts. They are our companions, our best friends, our children, even our therapists at times. Is there a wonderful animal who has touched your life? We would love to hear about them in the Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas, first ever, short story contest, Paws and Reflect: Tales of Tails. I was wondering if you would be willing to share this information with your members? This is a wonderful way for writers (and animal lovers) to help the animal community. There is a $25 entry fee in the form of a donation to Hearts Alive Village (a 501c3) and all of the proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to fund our life saving programs. The last date for submissions is April 17th. The link to the contest webpage is: http://www.havlv.com/-writing-contest.html

Submissions call for Canyon Voices

I’m Olivia Tejeda, managing editor of Canyon Voices, the literary magazine of ASU’s West Campus. I’m writing to ask your help in spreading the word that we’re seeking submissions for our Spring 2015 issue. I have a flyer I can send you, but in the meantime the details are below. I’d be very appreciative if you’d send this out to your membership and let them know that we’re most interested in “reading local!” If you have any questions, please let me know. Many thanks, Olivia Tejeda … Canyon Voices, the literary magazine of ASU’s West Campus, is seeking submissions for Spring 2015. Submissions are open to the community at large. Submit your poetry, art, music, scripts, fiction and creative nonfiction to: CanyonVoicesLitMag@gmail.com. For submission guidelines, visit: http://canyonvoices.asu.edu/ Submission deadline is March 1, 2015