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.
How to Submit:
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 number of submissions we receive, we will 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 do not accept your work for publication (otherwise known as a “rejection”), you are free to submit the work elsewhere immediately. 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 July 1, 2016 - by Clayton Truscott
We hadn’t seen Jake and Wendy in over two years, since our engagement party at the Gooney Bird. It was one hundred and thirteen degrees that day. Crippling heat for Northern California. They sat alone on the far side of the beer garden, under a dying willow tree that offered more shade than the restaurant’s […]
Posted on July 1, 2016 - by Alaina Pepin
Watercolor puddles lick my knuckle slivers and I fumble on poppy-red knees, filling flower bins. Muggy air drips down my breast, watering wagon daffodils like cloud tears. Chimney billows bringing flashbulb memories from before diamond prongs dug into ring finger, making a housewife out of a pandemonium girl.