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-Chief, Fiction, and Prose Poetry EditorKeith 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.

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: Annie Frazier recently earned an MFA in Fiction from Spalding University’s low-residency program, where she served as Social Media Coordinator and as a student editor for The Louisville Review. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Crack the Spine Anthology XVI, CHEAP POP, Still: The Journal, apt magazine, and North Carolina Literary Review. Her work has received second place in the James Applewhite Poetry Prize and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, Braddock Avenue Books’ Best Small Fictions Anthology, and Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Anthology. She has also written book reviews for Paste Magazine and NCLR Online. 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: 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: 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 HOOTA Bad Penny ReviewRight Hand Pointing, and elsewhere. He’d like you to contribute to the ongoing collaborative manifesto, Let Me Think That For You.

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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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