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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 adult (18 and over) writers from Santa Cruz County, both published and emerging. 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 5,000 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 5,000 words, double-spaced.

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

Contests:

Poetry Contest

This contest is open to all poets. Download a copy of the Contest Flyer.

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!


Winter 2012 Issue

Essays
Wallace Baine
Don Rothman
Karen Ackland

Poetry
Carolyn Burke
Farnaz Fatemi
Gary Young

Fiction
Clifford Henderson
Micah Perks
Paul Skenazy

Interview
Julia Chiapella

Love Letters Project
Wallace Baine
Lauren Crux
Stephanie Golino
Neal Hellman
Cheyenne Street Houck
Erin Johnson
Wincy Lui
Elizabeth McKenzie
Alyssa Young

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