Our Mission

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.

Editorial Statement

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-ChiefKeith Rebec earned an MA in English from Northern Michigan University. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in ShenandoahThe Portland Review, Hobart, Monkeybicycle, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Necessary Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, and Devil’s Lake, among others. He’s currently traveling around the U.S. and working on a novel. You can find him on Twitter @KeithRebec.

Managing Editor: Brittany Terwilliger graduated from Indiana University and lives in Syracuse, New York. Her novel, The Insatiables, was published by Amberjack Publishing in 2018. Her short fiction has been nominated for Best of the Net and Longform‘s Pick of the Week. Find her on Twitter at @Brttnyblm.

Fiction Editor: Kim Magowan lives in San Francisco and teaches in the Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College. Her short story collection Undoing won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award and was published in March 2018. Her novel The Light Source was published by 7.13 Books in 2019. Her fiction has been published in Atticus Review, Bird’s Thumb, Cleaver, The Gettysburg Review, Hobart, New World Writing, Sixfold, and many other journals. Find her on Twitter @kimmagowan.

Nonfiction Editor: Katherine Gehan is a graduate from Emerson College’s MFA program. Her short story collection, The Girl and the Fox Pirate, was published by Mojave River Press in 2018. 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.

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.

Social Media Editor: Annie Frazier grew up in North Carolina, lives in Florida, and has an MFA from Spalding University, where she served as Social Media Coordinator for the program and as a student editor for The Louisville Review. Her fiction and poetry appear in Longleaf Review, Cabinet of Heed, CHEAP POP, Still: The Journal, Crack the Spine, apt magazine, and North Carolina Literary Review, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net. Find her on Twitter @anniefrazzr.

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: Elise Glassman lives and writes in Seattle. She studied fiction with Laura Kalpakian and others at the University of Washington Extension, and with Marilynne Robinson at the Iowa Summer Writer’s Workshop. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Colorado Review, Main Street Rag, The Portland Review, Tawdry Bawdry, Referential Magazine, Per Contra and Opossum. Her essay, “Touch,” appeared in the 2013 anthology, “Beyond Belief” and most recently, “Fast Food and Box Wine” appeared in Sliver of Stone, Fall 2017.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Kaylie Saidin is currently an English literature and classics student living in New Orleans, where she is an editor for the Maroon and was an intern editor at The New Orleans Review. Her work has won the 2018 Dawson Gaillard Award for Fiction and the 2018 Monroe Library Research Competition. She is published or forthcoming in Jellyfish ReviewPorridge Magazine, Broadside Narrative Feminism, Bombus Press, and others. 

Assistant Fiction Editor: Yasmina Din Madden lives in Iowa and her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in PANK, The Idaho Review, Word Riot, The Masters Review: New Voices, Hobart, Fiction Southeast, Carve, and other journals. She teaches creative writing, literature, and women’s and gender studies at Drake University.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Anne Rasmussen lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, Jellyfish Review, Sundog Lit, Cosmonauts Avenue, Blood Orange Review, Little Fiction, Barren Magazine, and The Southeast Review. From 2014-2017 she served as editor of Late Night Library’s Late Night Interview column. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Find her on Twitter at @whatll_i_do.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Mason Binkley’s writing has appeared in Pithead Chapel, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Jellyfish Review, Necessary Fiction, and other places. His flash fiction collection, Familial Disturbances, is forthcoming from Ellipsis Zine. He lives in Tampa, Florida, and works as an attorney. You can find him on Twitter at @Mason_Binkley.  

Assistant Fiction Editor: Aaron Kreuter is the author of the short story collection You and Me, Belonging (Tightrope books 2018) and the poetry collection Arguments for Lawn Chairs (Guernica Editions 2016). His work has appeared in places such as The PuritanGrain MagazinePoetry is DeadARC PoetryThe Temz ReviewThe Rusty Toque, and Carte Blanche. His poems have also appeared in a number of anthologies. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Cate McGowan is a fiction writer, essayist, and poet. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Norton’s Flash Fiction InternationalGlimmer TrainCrab Orchard ReviewTahoma Literary Review, Crab Fat MagazineBarrelhouseShenandoahInto the VoidLouisville ReviewAtticus ReviewVestal ReviewUnbroken, and elsewhere. A native Georgian, McGowan’s pursuing her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She won the 2014 Moon City Short Fiction Award for her debut short story collection, True Places Never Are, published in 2015, and her debut novel, These Lowly Objects, will appear in early 2020 from Gold Wake Press.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Kristine Langley Mahler is a memoirist experimenting with the truth on the suburban prairie outside Omaha, Nebraska. Her work received the Rafael Torch Award from Crab Orchard Review and has been published in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, Waxwing, The Collagist, and The Rumpus, among others. She is the Nonfiction Editor at Split Lip Press. More at kristinelangleymahler.com or @suburbanprairie.

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, Brevity Blog, Front Porch Journal, and Under the Sun, among others, and a recent essay was cited as Notable in Best American Essays 2017. Cindy grew up in southern California, now resides in California’s Central Valley, and misses the beach every day. She’s currently putting the finishing touches on her first memoir, a collection of essays about growing up in southern California during the 1970s and beyond. She can be found on Twitter @cindysea429.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Matthew Zanoni Müllerhas an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. He is an Associate Professor of English at Berkshire Community College and currently lives in Western Massachusetts. He has co-written a memoir with his father entitled Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing Up from a father and Son published byLoyola University’s Apprentice House press. He also has work in The Southeast Review,NANO FictionDecomP MagazinEThe Boiler JournalHippocampus, and Halfway Down the Stairs. You can find him on Twitter@matthewzmuller.

Assistant Nonfiction Editor: Jenny Fried lives in Virginia. Her work has appeared in Cheap Pop, Jellyfish Review, Milk Candy Review, Okay Donkey, and X-R-A-Y. Find her on twitter@jenny_fried.

Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Jennifer Gravley is a reference and instruction librarian in Columbia, Missouri. Her essays have appeared in SweetNorth American Review,and Brevity, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and an AWP Intro Journals Winner in Fiction. She has attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and been inresidence at Ragdale.

Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Dina L. Relles lives and writes in rural Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Atticus Review,matchbook, Monkeybicycle, Paper Darts, CHEAP POP, Barrelhouse online, and River Teeth, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is penning her first book—a memoir in micro-prose. Find her on Twitter at @DinaLRelles.

Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Andi Shiraz was born in Karachi, raised in Dubai, and set loose in New York City. She studied computer science at NYU and creative writing at the University of East London. These days she’s a freelance editor (mostly for the United Nations; mostly on gender, food, and agriculture) and a sometime teacher (mostly of comms and travel writing). She lives and writes in Florence, Italy.

Assistant Prose Poetry Editor: Vik Shirley is a British poet whose first collection is due from HVTN Press in 2020. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Shearsman, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, HVTN, Zarf, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, Stride and in the Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities: Bristol pamphlet. A poem of hers was commended in the Verve ‘City Poems’ Poetry Competition, judged by Luke Kennard, and appeared in the associated anthology, It All Radiates Outwards. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Follow her on Twitter @VikShirley.

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Our Award and Anthology Nominations (storySouth Million Writers Award; Sundress’ Best of the Net Anthology; and the Pushcart Prize):

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Donations

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.

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