You must be a current student at Portland State University to be considered for publication. We are funded by PSU and serve as a creative outlet for its students. We are happy to point non-students toward local publishing resources, but cannot publish non-students at this time.
Please delete all identifying information from your submissions. Instead, please include your name, bio (about 100 words), short statement, and contact info in your cover letter. All submissions are blind — only the managing editor will know the identity of the submitter until after selections have been made. This eliminates conflicts of interest and ensures a fair review of all work.
We accept only original, unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
Students can submit up to three (3) creative pieces of varying genres/mediums. For example, you could submit a) three poems or b) a poem, a short story, and a photograph — but please no more than three works.
When submitting multiple selections, each submission must be made separately. Do not include three separate works in one file. To clarify, this means you will have to go through the submission process more than once. Feel free to use the same cover letter if you are submitting more than once.
Please include titles for all works. We’ve received a lot of “Untitled” selections, and encourage you to take this opportunity to be creative.
We only accept submissions through Submittable. All submissions sent via e-mail and snail mail will not be considered for publication. We are, however, happy to answer questions and provide you with additional guidelines if your work falls outside of the main categories.
With your submission, you agree to grant Pathos Literary Magazine nonexclusive first publishing rights and nonexclusive first electronic publishing rights. This simply means that we get to publish your story first, in print and online, and then it’s all yours—but only once we publish it.
With your submission, you allow the Pathos editorial staff to make reasonable corrections without consultation. We will never alter your voice or your content, but we do utilize a style guide, and sometimes typos happen. Given our short publication window, we are unable to consult with all contributors about most changes. However, any changes you, the contributor, may have in mind can be discussed upon acceptance.
- Submissions should not exceed 50 lines in length.
- Acceptable file types are .DOC, .DOCX, and .PDF. Written works with a visual element should instead be submitted to the Visual Art Category.
- Please do not submit collections of poetry as one submission.
- Submissions should not exceed 3,000 words in combined length.
- We accept fiction AND nonfiction, including (but not limited to) essays, travel writing, short stories, flash fiction, and reviews. Excerpts from longer works are fair game, but please make that distinction clear during the submission process.
- Acceptable file types are.DOC, .DOCX, and .PDF. Written works with a visual element should instead be submitted to the Visual Art Category.
VISUAL ART CATEGORY
- We accept drawings, prints, illustrations, photography, paintings, graphic design/digital artwork, and multimedia.
- For each work, please make sure that all files are high resolution (minimum 300dpi).
- Acceptable file types are .JPG, .PNG, and .PDF.
- Please include any specifications, captions, and/or other information you would like to publish with the piece in your cover letter.
- As part of our mission to connect PSU students with the greater creative community, Pathos is now offering reviews for select complete student works (demo albums, chapbooks, full-length plays, etc.).
- To have your work considered for review, please submit a pitch letter as an attachment (not as the cover letter). This should include a summary of your work, a description of your intended audience, and how a review by Pathos would help you.
- If your pitch is accepted, please be prepared to provide copies of the content to be reviewed (either physical or digital).
- Reviews are published online only.
- If none of the above categories quite fit your work, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your submission.
- We will provide you with guidelines and feedback specific to your project PRIOR to submitting to this category. Please do not submit to this category without e-mailing us first!
- To name a few examples, Pathos is also interested in publishing musical scores, short plays, screenplays, and innovative creative work. Use your imagination!