Pithead Chapel is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 2012. We publish gutsy fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry online every month and a couple of printed chapbooks every year.
At Pithead Chapel, we’re looking for engaging fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry. Most of all, we want your work to make us feel something. We want to reach the last word and immediately crave more. We want your work to leave a brilliant bruise. Send us your best work and we’ll do our best to make your voice heard.
About the Editors
Editor-in-Chief and Prose Poetry Editor: Keith Rebec earned an MA in English from Northern Michigan University. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, The Portland Review, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Necessary Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, and Devil’s Lake, among others. He’s currently living in Taiwan and working on a novel. You can find him on twitter @KeithRebec.
Fiction Editor: Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer who has held fellowships at Tin House, Kenyon Review, and Lambda Literary Foundation. She was awarded Ninth Letter’s 2015 Literary Award in Fiction, was runner-up for the 2016 Robert Watson Literary Prize at The Greensboro Review, and was a finalist for Indiana Review’s 2016 Fiction Prize. Her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, Volume 1 Brooklyn, OSU’s The Journal, Catapult, Bennington Review, Portland Review, Grist Journal, Tin House Flash Fridays/The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut story collection, Felt in the Jaw, will be published by Split Lip Press in 2017. She is represented by Pande Literary. You can find her on twitter here: @Kristen_Arnett.
Nonfiction Editor: Katherine Gehan is a graduate from Emerson College’s MFA program. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Sundog Lit, and Split Lip Magazine and has, along with her fiction, been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net Anthology. Find her on twitter @StateofKate.
Social Media Editor: Jasmine Cui is 18 years old and is majoring in Political Science, Economics, and Chemistry at SUNY Geneseo. She aspires to be like her parents who are first-generation Americans that fought an extraordinary battle for their place in this country. Jasmine is the Founder and Co-EIC of The Ellis Review, a literary platform for emerging writers.
Contributing Editor: Ashley Strosnider holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina. Her work appears in Fifth Wednesday, Nashville Review, Paper Darts, and SmokeLong Quarterly, among others, with reviews in Publishers Weekly and The Review Review. She grew up in the bluegrass of Kentucky but currently lives in Charleston, SC, where she recently learned to peel her own shrimp.
Assistant Fiction Editor: Pam Michel Bruce earned her BA in Humanities from the University of Pittsburgh with concentrations in Writing, Literature, and Religious Studies. She is a self-proclaimed geek whose fandoms run from books to sports to music to movies. She is hard at work on her short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Connect with Pam on twitter @pammichelbruce.
Assistant Fiction Editor: Josh Jones graduated from The University of Alabama’s New College. His writing has appeared in Bartleby Snopes and The Golden Key. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife and daughters. He’s sporadically on twitter @jnjoneswriter.
Assistant Fiction Editor: Lori Barrett has worked as a freelance writer, contributing to the Wall Street Journal on hard-hitting topics like custom-stuffed pillows, dog-food delivery services, and luxury horse ranches for sale. She has an MFA from the low-residency fiction program at Chatham University. Her fiction has appeared in New Horizons, a journal from The British Fantasy Society; her nonfiction has appeared in Entropy and the book Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting. When not reading or writing, she spends her time advocating for fair funding for Chicago Public Schools.
Assistant Fiction Editor: Geoffrey Miller’s most recent fiction can be found in Crack the Spine XII Anthology, Thrice Fiction 17, Flash Fiction in the Attic 2 and PANK. Non-fiction should be up on the Superstition Review site by now as well. Visually check out Paper Tape Magazine, Weave Magazine or Spittoon.
Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Erin Calabria studied writing at Marlboro College and radio documentary at the Salt Institute. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Atlas and Alice, 100 Word Story, Luna Luna Magazine, and other places. She grew up in Western Massachusetts, spent a number of years in New York City, and now lives in Magdeburg, Germany. Follow her on twitter @Erin_Calabria.
Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Shaunacy Ferro is a New York-based journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in Fast Company, Popular Science, Architect magazine, and more. She’s currently a staff writer at mental_floss and is living the Brooklyn dream of brewing her own kombucha. You can follow her on twitter @shaunacysays.
Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Kristine Langley Mahler is a nonfictioneer at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She received the 2016 Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award from Crab Orchard Review and her work has recently appeared/is forthcoming in Sweet, Tahoma Literary Review, Rock & Sling, and the Brevity blog. After a childhood in Oregon, adolescence in North Carolina, and high school in Indiana, Kristine has dug in her heels on the suburban prairie.
Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Kameron Morton is a student at the University of Central Arkansas and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with minors in French and African/African American Studies. She has been published in the undergraduate magazines The Vortex and The Aonian and is formerly the Fiction Editor of The Vortex. She feels pressured to drink less coffee, but finds her best ideas emerge from a caffeine-induced high. Follow her on Instagram @tallsoyflatwhite.
Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Cindy Bradley received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Fresno State University, where she also served as an editorial assistant on The Normal School. Her work has appeared in 45th Parallel, Minerva Rising, Under the Sun and the Brevity blog. Her essay, “Death, Driveways and Dreams” won the 2016 Fresno State Creative Nonfiction Prize. A southern California native, she currently resides in California’s Central Valley.
Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Erica Gerald Mason is an author, poet, and speaker living in Acworth, Georgia. Her work appears in several publications and journals, and she was a featured poet in the 2016 and 2017 Sundance Film Festival Indie Lounge.
Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Matthew Smart lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he works as an information technology analyst. His writing has appeared in Vestal Review, Dead King Magazine, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Unbroken Journal, Smokelong Quarterly and elsewhere. You can follow him on twitter @_MatthewSmart.
Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Matthew Kosinski is a socialist and poet from New Jersey. He holds an MFA from The New School. His work has appeared in HOOT, A Bad Penny Review, Right Hand Pointing, and elsewhere. He’d like you to contribute to the ongoing collaborative manifesto, Let Me Think That For You.
Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Anita Olivia Koester is a Chicago poet and author of four chapbooks including Marco Polo (Hermeneutic Chaos Press), Arrow Songs (Paper Nautilus), and Apples or Pomegranates forthcoming with Porkbelly Press. Her poems have been nominated for Best New Poets and Pushcart Prizes, and won So to Speak’s Annual Poetry Contest, Midwestern Gothic’s Lake Prize in Poetry, the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Award. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in CALYX Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Muzzle Magazine, Phoebe Journal and elsewhere. She is currently an associate poetry editor at Green Mountains Review, and founder of Fork and Page. Her work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and PLAYA. She tweets @anitaokoester.
Our Award and Anthology Nominations (storySouth Million Writers Award; Sundress’ Best of the Net Anthology; and the Pushcart Prize):
Pithead Chapel is financially supported by the editors. We started this magazine to promote literature from around the world. Please consider giving back and donating to us. Any donation helps keep submissions free of charge. Thank you for your continued support.