But the British don’t ban books, surely? Many of us would be surprised to learn that banning books is not just an American issue, for Britain, too, has a history of preventing the public from reading books that the State has decided is contrary to public decency. The ‘Nanny State’ is not a new concept…
What We Like:
Pif Magazine primarily publishes fiction, poetry, and author interviews. We have been known to accept book, film, music and zine reviews — and we have published our fair share of essays and critiques. We strongly encourage prose submissions to be 5,000 words or less; it is rare that we will accept work over this length.
We pride ourselves on working with new and emerging writers and artists. To this end we tend to shy away from previously published works, but will consider anything that is of high-quality, intriguing, and of interest to our readers.
To get a better idea of what we’re looking for spend some time browsing through the site.
To put it plainly: we prefer individual creative vision over commercially accessible sameness.
Submit your work. We’ll tell you what we think.
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Click on the button at the top of this page. We use HeyPublisher to manage all of our submissions. If you already have an account with them, great. If not, you can easily set up your free account when submitting your work.
How the Submission Process Works:
When you submit your work to us, we will consider the submission “pending.” All this means is that we have received your submission. Nothing more.
When one of our editors has read your submission, you will receive an email letting you know that we are reading your work and will be in touch shortly.
If we decide to accept your work for publication, you will receive an email letting you know that your work has been accepted. Additionally, an editor may contact you directly with suggested edits if it is felt they are warranted.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive and the time it takes to review every work, we will gladly accept simultaneous submissions. We will try get you a response, one way or another, within 90 days of your submitting your work to us.
If we reject your submission, please consider us for future submissions. Publishing is about finding the right piece at the right time.
If we accept your work for publication, we ask 30 days exclusivity from the date of publication. Please do not submit or publish this accepted work elsewhere during this time. After the exclusivity period has expired, all rights revert back to you and you are free to publish the work elsewhere. We ask only that you mention that the work was originally published in Pif Magazine, like this:
Originally published in Pif Magazine, March 1st, 2009.
That’s about it. We look forward to reading what you send us!
The Editorial Staff
Posted on December 3, 2016 - by Kristen Dachler Kapfer
At the end of the road, a mountain lake mirrored the clear day’s colors and shadows. A snowball had been skittered onto the calm surface and perched there still; the water had frozen black and magic, as smooth and solid as glass. She walked out onto the slick surface of the ice. Lying facedown, she […]
Posted on December 1, 2016 - by Herve Comeau
There was the corner of an unfinished house, two unpainted concrete walls sitting high up on the ravine. There was the sharp flickering, the high electric orange of a coal fire at the center of the almost room. There were the long fingered-shadows stretched onto the walls. There was I, standing on the inky […]