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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.


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We publish previously unpublished work.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.

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

Submissions call for Gynuine Literary Magazine

I’m co-editor of Gynuine Literary Magazine (www.gynuine.org), a new online publication by and for women. We’re seeking submissions from female authors; complete guidelines can be found at www.gynuine.org/litmag/submissions. We’d appreciate it if you’d pass the information along! Thank you, Marie Parc

Submissions for Four Chambers 03 Close Friday November 28th 2014

Call for Submissions: Issue 03
Deadline November 28th 2014

Independent community literary magazine Four Chambers is looking for good work for its third issue (Spring 2015). $100 first place prize; $100 additional prize pool; illustrations from local artists; no fees. Guidelines and form too long to list here / available online at http://fourchamberspress.com/submit.

We look forward to reading your work! About Four Chambers Press Local-National Four Chambers Press is an independent community literary magazine based in Phoenix, AZ that seeks 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.

Phoenix, AZ (November 19th, 2014)… Independent community literary magazine Four Chambers—what some people may have recalled hearing about on KJZZ or other local media a month or two ago, also Best Literary Journal in Phoenix by the New Times (2014)—will be closing the submission period for its third issue Friday, November 28th at 11:59 PM MST.

Each issue, Four Chambers awards $200 in prizes and works with local artists to illustrate selected pieces from the magazine. But, as Assistant Director Kelsey Pinckney explains, Four Chambers is about so much more.

Where publishing can often be a distant, impersonal, rejection-laden process, Four Chambers is trying to cultivate real, personal relationships with the people who submit their work. “We spend so much time just reading and talking about things it’s nuts,” explains Pinckney, petting a small cat “Each submission that
comes in gets read by a Managing Editor before it’s sent out to two or three Associate Editors, each of whom reads it, scores it, and leaves a note before it gets read, again, by the Managing Editor. If it passes, it gets sent to our editorial board, who meets together for a few hours at the end of the month to eat pastries and talk about the submissions. If it doesn’t pass, we send people a personal letter. “Pinckney continues. “It’s magazine policy to send a personal letter for every single submission. We receive thousands of submissions, so it’s totally crazy, but people took the time to write something and send it to us, so we’re just trying to honor that.” The cat closes its eyes and purrs. “We just care.” What’s more, Four Chambers is committed to promoting its authors and having a felt, immediate presence in the local community. As a styrofoam heart-shaped mascot for the magazine explains, ticking 1 off the list on his oversized fingers, “We give people pages from the magazine and drop them around town at coffee shops and cafes. We bring authors to local writing groups and open mics. We do short presentations for creative writing classes at community colleges and ASU. We table at Farmers Markets and local festivals. We get sunburned and dehydrated.” Having run out fingers, the mascot looks up and
shrugs. “We want to get the work out there. We do a lot of things.”

It’s also worth noting that Four Chambers ends up publishing about 50% local work. “Not because we have quotas or reserve a certain amount of room for people who have a connection to Phoenix / Arizona,” says an animatronic bear wearing overalls and a straw hat. “There are just a lot of good writers living here
who don’t have any other place locally to submit their work.” And unlike other magazines which may have specific editorial missions or focuses, Four Chambers is just looking for good work. “Seriously,” says Jake Friedman, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, holding a small cup of coffee, taking the occasional sip. “We’re just looking for good work. Like I know everybody says they’re looking for good work but we’re serious, we mean it.” As Friedman has stated in previous releases, on record, Four Chambers wants to publish contemporary literature. This being said, he doesn’t know what that means. Fortunately, he thinks part of what makes art contemporary is figuring out what contemporary art means in the first place. But, as Friedman is quick to point out, he has no idea what he’s talking about. “I mean, at the end of the day, you’re just a person, right?” Friedman is washing dishes. “Art is something we do because it’s fun, because it makes our lives more meaningful and gives us something to do. Don’ get me wrong. I think publishing work is crucial, especially if we’re trying to engender a more cohesive scene.” Friedman is scrubbing vigorously at the corner of a pan. “But I think it’s important to remember that publication is just a means to an end, it’s just a way for people to engage with artistic work, and I think one of the reasons people do so is because we’re looking for a shared, abstract human experience, a connection or a resonance, whatever that may be.”
Friedman turns off the faucet and dries his hands. “And because we’re looking for community.”

“So when you can read a piece of work and feel something for that piece, when it means something to you, when you can develop a relationship with it,” Friedman has found a plush arm chair and has taken a seat. “That is fantastic, that is a great thing.” Friedman crosses his legs, adjusts his robe, and begins to light a
large tobacco pipe. “And when you have a relationship with that piece of work,” he puffs, “you have a meaningful, substantive relationship with the person who wrote it. This is what we mean when we say we’re publishing work to build community” Friedman leans back, satisfied, and a small yellow cat jumps
onto the back of the chair.

“But when you can have that kind of experience with a person who lives in the same city as you,” Friedman leans forward. “When they shop at the same grocery store, when they post pictures of their cat on facebook, when you see them walking down the street,” gesturing with his free hand, “That’s a real, personal connection, that adds value to your experience with the piece of art, that adds value to your experience in life, and that too is a great thing.”

Individuals who wish to submit to Four Chambers can find policies, guidelines, forms, and all other relevant information at http://fourchamberspress.com/submit. Copies of Four Chambers 01 and Four Chambers 02 are also available for purchase online at modest and reasonable prices ($10 for the first issue,  $12 for the second, $20 for both—they also have a chapbook) and make great gifts for friends or family with vaguely related literary interests (wink win).

Four Chambers would also like you to know that they just released their first chapbook, Poems for the Future President by Michael Bartelt, more information for which is available online at http://fourchamberspress.com/chapbooks/mbartelt.
Four Chambers will also be:
• tabling at Alternative Black Friday at Cityscape on Friday, November 28th
• bringing Elizabeth McNeil, Paula Ashley, and Johnnie Clemens May to Changing Hands Tempe
on Friday December 5th,
• tabling at Phoestivus on Wednesday December 10th and 17th
• tabling at the Phoenix Festival for the Arts Friday December 12th through Sunday December 14th
• sitting on a publishing panel at Wilkes College in Mesa on December 13th.
Four Chambers is also working on:
• a wine tasting + themed reading tentatively titled “Drunk in Love” in February
• a mural by Art Director Isaac Caruso for PaintPHX in early March
• a collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum in which local authors will respond to the
museum’s permanent collection in April.
Calls for special projects will be released by the beginning of December. Four Chambers 03 will be
released in March 2015.
About Four Chambers Press Local-National
Four Chambers Press is an independent community literary magazine based in Phoenix, AZ that wants you to read
awesome literature from people in Phoenix / Arizona / beyond + give you something to do every once in a while +
make your life slightly more interesting. For more information please visit http://fourchamberspress.com.

Submissions call for Alpaca Umbrella Online Magazine

Alpaca Umbrella, a new online writing magazine is looking for submissions for its first issue In the tradition of the great Victorian authors this site will give writers the opportunity to publish longer short stories, novellas and even full length novels in monthly instalments. Alpaca Umbrella welcomes submissions of unpublished fiction in any style or genre. Each installment can be anything between 500 – 3000 words . The initial submission should contain at least three installments, the second two being held back for future publication if accepted.

Please see the website for full submission guidelines. Find out more: http://alpacaumbrella.weebly.com info@alpacaumbrella.co.uk

Four Chambers Call For Submissions – Second Issue

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS For more information, contact:



Deadline: February 14, 2014

Independent community literary magazine Four Chambers is looking for good literary work for its second issue (May 2014). Individuals may submit up to 5 poems and/or 3 prose pieces in any style, genre or form (under 5000 words each). Prizes include $100 for editor’s choice award and an additional $100 pool for honorable mentions. The magazine will also select certain works to be illustrated by local artists. Full policy and submissions form are available online at http://fourchamberspress.com/submit. We look forward to reading your work.

About Four Chambers Press Local-National

Four Chambers Press is an independent community literary magazine based in Phoenix, AZ that seeks to give greater visibility to the literary arts and encourage their larger participation in the cultural scene. While literary magazines publish literary work and community literary magazines may get that work from the community, we are publishing work to build community. For more information, please visit http://fourchamberspress.com

your work soon!

Booth: A Journal is now accepting submissions for Resurrection Tales: New Life for Old Characters

Booth: A Journal is now accepting submissions for Resurrection Tales: New Life for Old Characters.

Anything in the public domain is fair game to be remixed, twisted, fanfic-ed. The basic idea here is to revisit characters we all know and call them back to action. One last labor for Hercules? Cool. A mash-up of the tale of Jonah and Moby Dick? Send it our way. A hard-boiled noir about the murder of the Wicked Witch? We want to read it for this forthcoming series on Booth. 
Length: No restrictions
Forms: It should work on paper or a screen. Other than that, no restrictions. Prose, poetry, infographics, origami templates, whatever.  
Submit online: