At this time Pacifica Literary Review is only accepting electronic submissions. Please submit all documents in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format. You will receive a confirmation upon receipt of submission, as well as a final decision through email. Please do not submit any additional work until you have received a decision from the editors regarding work already under consideration. Reporting time varies from one to four months.

Our general reading period is open year-round. Pacifica will close submissions for two weeks at the beginning of September, January, and May for the production of our web issues, after which the portals will reopen as usual. If the submission portal is inactive, we are currently closed for submissions. If the portal is closed during our normal reading period, something extraordinary has happened; in that unlikely event, please refer to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for details. 


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Pacifica is proud to announce that we will be holding a Creative Nonfiction Contest for 2019, judged by Melissa Febos. To be considered for this contest, you must submit one piece of creative non to this category in a single document of no more than 4k words. Authors may submit multiple times to this contest, but only after their first submission has been rejected. Simultaneous submissions from a single author will be deleted and the Contest Entry Fee will not be refunded. A single author may submit simultaneously to both the Creative Nonfiction Contest and our general Fiction or Poetry categories, as long as you submit different pieces to each category. First Prize is $500, publication in the print issue, and a year's subscription. Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the judge's discretion, and will also be published in the print issue. Good luck!

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a Best Book of 2017. Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of the 2018 Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, and Ragdale. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, her work has recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Believer, The Sewanee Review, and The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn.   

Please submit no more than three poems, in a single document. We will not consider poems that are submitted individually from the same author (i.e., 3 separate submissions each containing a single poem from a single author).

Fiction submissions should be under 5,000 words, formatted in Times New Roman with 12 pt font, paginated and double spaced.  Please include the title on the first page of your submission.  Novel excerpts are acceptable, but must be able to stand alone. Flash fiction submissions should be less than 1,000 words individually. Please include no more than 3 separate pieces in one document; do not submit each flash piece individually.

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