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Painted Bride Quarerly


Medium: Print and Online


Genres Accepted: Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews

Established: 1973

Circulation: 2,500 to 5,000


A peer-edited journal devoted to publishing rigorous works of undergraduate scholarship…

Payment: None


Painted Bride Quarterly is one of the country’s longest running literary magazines, established in Philadelphia in 1973. As a community-based, independent, non-profit literary magazine published quarterly online and annually in print, PBQ‘s main agenda is to maintain and grow a venue for the highest quality literature that best represents the individual voice. PBQ does not limit itself to one particular school or genre. We publish emerging and established regional authors in the context of their peers from across the country and around the world. The combination of PBQ‘s volunteer editorial tables and the ever-changing student staff makes its published voice unique.”


This magazine contains a variety of styles and subjects. The fiction ranges from stylized prose to simple stories about everyday encounters. Each online issue is published in a different aesthetic style, which makes browsing them quite enjoyable. There is no announced theme for a certain issue, but themes do seem to emerge, such as the clear theme of food seen throughout the contents of Issue 84. Much of the fiction writing is easy to read and the magazine as a whole feels like it could have been written by your best friend. One has easy access to the publications online. Instead of being offered in a pdf format, readers can read the current issue categorized by genre.

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Submission Instructions:

Painted Bride Quarterly accepts up to five poems, fiction up to 5,000 words, and essays and reviews up to 3,000 words, in any genre or school (occasional exceptions are made).
PBQ requests that upon notification of acceptance, the work(s) be submitted on a 3.5’’ floppy disc accompanied by self-addressed, stamped envelope. A SHORT bio should also be included.

Send hard copy submissions to:
Painted Bride Quarterly
Drexel University
Department of English and Philosophy
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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