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phren-Z is a quarterly online magazine celebrating the community of Santa Cruz writers. We are interested in seeing your best work: surprise us, delight us, make us shed a tear.

We accept and read submissions year-round from all emerging and published writers 18 years and older from Santa Cruz County. phren-Z accepts previously published work, as long as you hold the copyright. Simultaneous submissions are accepted: just let us know as soon as possible if a piece we are considering has been accepted elsewhere.

Poetry – submit up to three poems. Submit all poems in a single document, formatted the way you’d like them to appear.

Fiction – submit a short story or self-contained novel excerpt up to 3,000 words. Double-spaced. For flash fiction under 500 words, submit up to three stories in a single document.

Nonfiction – submit personal essays, writing tips, reviews of books and films. We’re particularly interested in pieces that highlight writing and life in Santa Cruz—and the intersection between the two. Maximum length is 3,000 words, double-spaced.

Plays & Monologues - Up to ten pages. Standard format.

Contests: Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest (closed)

Next year's Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest will open on March 1, 2013, with a deadline of September 1, 2013. The 2012 winner was David Sullivan with his entry "Take Wing."

Publication Dates:

  • Winter 2012 - Feb 14
  • Spring 2012 - May 15
  • Summer 2012 - August 15
  • Fall 2012 - November 15

At this point, we cannot pay for work. Work is published with a short bio, photo, links to author sites, and is archived on the phren-z site.

Ready to submit? Please send your work via our online submission manager by clicking the Submit button below.

Have a question? Send us an email at submissions@phren-Z.org
We look forward to reading your work!

Reminder: You must be a Santa Cruz County resident to submit.


Spring 2012

Fiction
Vinnie Hansen
Clifford Henderson

Nonfiction
Vergere Street
Dena and Becky Taylor

Poetry
Bri Bruce
SA Smythe
Debra Spencer
J. Zimmerman

Morton Marcus Poetry Runners-Up
Curt Anderson
Catherine Segurson
David Sullivan

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