Submission Guidelines

phati’tude Literary Magazine was founded in 1997 and is published by The Intercultural Alliance of Artists and Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), a NY-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

PLM is an attractive quarterly that publishes poetry, fiction and essays written by both emerging and established writers of diverse origins whose works exhibit social, political and cultural awareness. PLM is looking for the best works that can capture the imagination of our readers and the writing community that we support and admire.

What We’re All About
We’re open to unsolicited submissions of fiction, nonfiction, essays and poetry. Work doesn’t always have to be serious, humor is welcome (it’s good to know we can laugh at ourselves, or that we don’t always take others’ stupidity seriously). We’re especially interested in, though not exclusively devoted to, writers of Native American, African, Hispanic/Latino and Asian descent. We’re also interested in profile pieces and interviews on poets and writers, and book reviews.

PLM is guest-edited once a year by a different writer of prominence, usually one whose work was previously published in the magazine. Our guest-editor policy was designed to introduce readers to different literary circles and tastes, and to offer a fuller representation of the range and diversity of contemporary letters than would be possible under a single editorship. Guest editors are invited to solicit up to half of their issues, with the other half selected from unsolicited manuscripts screened for them by staff editors. Send queries to editor[at]

How to Submit Your Work
We usually announce specific themes for issues, but we do not restrict all submissions to thematic topics. Submit your work at any time; if a manuscript is not timely for one issue, it may be considered for another issue.  If your work is accepted, we will email you an acceptance letter, along with a contract and galley proof.  Disregarding the guidelines can result in rejection – even before it has been read, so, be sure to read and follow all of the guidelines for the best chance at publication.

Cover Letter. All submissions require a cover letter that includes biographical background, philosophy and/or poetic principles. Why? We want to know about you!  We also use select quotes in “poets with phati’tude.

Bio: All submissions requires a bio for our Contributors’ section.  Please review our Contributors’ guidelines for submitting bios. This seems to be our weakest link in the chain so we hope the Contributors’ guidelines will help.

Manuscript. When submitting your work, please include in your double-spaced manuscript your full name, address and telephone number and/or email address on each page, with page numbering and “cont’d” or “end” noted where applicable. Poems should be submitted in final form the way you want them to appear typeset.

Status of Work. Previously published work is OK as long as indicated; we do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Submission delivery. While most literary journals do not accept email submissions, we do. As of June 1, 2011, we no longer accept submissions via snail mail. Your cover letter should be included in the body of your  email, and your work sent as an attachment(s), e.g., .doc, .rtf or .docx document. Send email submissions to: editor [at]

Specific guidelines for different genres
We have expanded our submissions guidelines to provide more details on how to submit interviews, essays, short stories, etc. as indicated below:

Artwork | Photos

Book Reviews


Essays | Articles



Short Stories | Fiction

Additional Terms
Only submit work that is ready for publication. While essays, features, articles and short stories are read vigorously and may be subjected to editing, poetry is generally published as is. Any revisions received after a poem has been accepted will be subjected to editorial scrutiny and could possibly result in its exclusion from publication.

Also, do not send us your submission unless it has been thoroughly proofread. Accepted submissions may be edited for clarity or to correct minor errors, but submissions which do not meet minimum standards for correct spelling and grammar will be rejected, except in cases of obvious artistic license.

If your work is accepted, you will be required to approve a galley proof and sign a release giving us permission to publish your work before a stipulated deadline. Your work may not infringe on the copyright of anothers work. All accepted essays, short stories and articles are subject to editing, at the discretion of the editors. As of January 1, 2013, pays one copy.

PLM asks for single-use non-exclusive electronic world rights, in order to protect your rights from exploitation by others. You retain all copyright, and you may publish the work anywhere in any form at any time. You don’t have to ask us permission to republish your work, although we would appreciate it if you mentioned previous publication in PLM. If anyone asks us permission to publish your work, we will forward that inquiry directly to your attention. If you do not own the rights to your work, we will have to ask your publisher permission to reprint the work and provide a credit line that appears at the end of your work. We only provide credit lines for work that was previously published in a book, we do not provide credit lines for other literary publications if you own the rights to the work.

We read year-round, do not charge reading fees of any kind, and are conscientious about responding to manuscripts a timely manner. In return, we ask for your patience and if you do not hear from us by our announced deadline, it’s because we are bogged down with manuscripts and your submission remains under active consideration. If you submitted work between open call submissions, it will be considered for the next upcoming issue. We work very hard to clear the decks every quarter, so please wait to query us until two months have passed.

Good luck and we look forward to reviewing your works!

DISCLAIMER: Statement of fact and opinion in the articles, essays and interviews in phati’tude Literary Magazine are those of our respective authors and contributors and not of the editors of phatit’tude Literary Magazine. No representation, express or implied, is made of the accuracy of the material in this publication and phati’tude Literary Magazine or the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS) cannot accept any legal responsibility for liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. The reader should make his or her own evaluation of the accuracy and appropriateness of those materials.

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