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Philadelphia Stories

Literary Magazine






Co-founders Carla Spataro and Christine Weiser began Philadelphia Stories to build a Philadelphia-based community of writers, artists, and readers through the free magazine and affordable educational programs and events.


This magazine may have some eligibility requirements

Please double-check before submitting.

  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3-8 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:

Pays$25 per piece

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ per piece

Nonfiction (CNF)

Max words: 2500

Payment: $ 25 per piece


Max lines: 36

Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 25 per piece

Each poem not to exceed 36 lines


Max pieces: 5

Payment: $ 25 per piece

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Your cover letter should include a SHORT bio (about 50-75 words, written in third person) including your connection to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware. Feel free to copy and paste the same text in each of your three submissions. Upon acceptance, we will also ask for a photo and an updated bio.

  • Eligibility

    Creators from a specific location / ethnic group
    We look for fiction written by Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey writers (either currently residing in, originally from, or lived here at some point) that features sharp writing, carefully crafted plots, and, above all, compelling characters. Novel excerpts should be able to stand alone as a complete work.

  • Formatting

    Poems may be single spaced (unlike prose submissions which should be double spaced). Submit each poem in its own single document/attachment. This will allow the submitter to WITHDRAW work that is accepted elsewhere as we DO expect some poets to make simultaneous submissions to multiple journals. Submitted documents that include multiple poems may be excluded from consideration.

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Make you feel at home: cozy, meme-friendly, a sense of community, all that stuff Active on social media Available in print Promote writers even after publication - hype hype hype Helpful: reposting other opportunities on their Twitter:) Work from Philadelphia-based creatives

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

367 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

26 days

Fastest response time

2614 days

Slowest response time

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

66 days

12-month average response time

Managed by editors

Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open



    Deadline: Dec 17, 2023


The primary vehicle for this mission is the free print magazine, which publishes work by local writers and artists. Five thousand copies of the free print magazine are distributed each quarter to more than 200 locations throughout the Delaware Valley, including all 54 branches of the Free Library of...

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    Editor Yalonda Rice avatar

    Yalonda Rice

    Publisher/Executive Director

    Editor Trish Rodriguez avatar

    Trish Rodriguez

    Publisher/Editorial Director

    Editor Teresa FitzPatrick avatar

    Teresa FitzPatrick

    Fiction Editor/Fiction Contest Coordinator

    Editor Courtney Bambrick avatar

    Courtney Bambrick

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Celeste Cosme avatar

    Celeste Cosme

    Nonfiction Editor

    Editor Pam McLean-Parker avatar

    Pam McLean-Parker

    Art Editor

    Editor Yalonda Rice avatar

    Yalonda Rice

    Managing Editor