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: Matthew Kosinski is a socialist and poet from New Jersey. He holds an MFA from The New School. His work has appeared in Always CrashingA Bad Penny ReviewThe Millions, and elsewhere. He’d like you to contribute to the ongoing collaborative manifesto, Let Me Think That For You.

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 is forthcoming from 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 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: Jack Caseros’ creative work has appeared in cool places like Literary Orphans, Every Day Fiction, and Atlas & Alice. He is a student in Stanford’s Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing, and currently lives far from madding crowds in Saskatchewan, Canada, where he works as an environmental scientist to support his writing habit.

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: Dan Sanders is a writer in Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in HobartSplit Lip MagazineThe Daily Dot, and elsewhere.

Assistant Fiction Editor: Cate McGowan is the author of the story collection, True Places Never Are (Moon City Press), which won the Moon City Press Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Lascaux Review Short Fiction Collection Contest. A Georgia native whose work is anthologized in outlets such as Flash Fiction International (W. W. Norton) and Descansos: Words from the Wayside (Darkhouse), her stories, essays, and poems appear in myriad literary publications, including Glimmer TrainCrab Orchard ReviewShenandoahInto the VoidLouisville ReviewMoon City ReviewVestal ReviewUnbroken Journal, and Tank.  Cate is currently pursuing her PhD in visual arts with a focus on philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory.

Assistant Fiction 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.

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 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: 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 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.

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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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