What is the difference between the reading series and the journal?

Pigeon Pages NYC is a reading series that nests monthly at the PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn to showcase some of the best in NYC’s literary scene. Pigeon Pages is an online literary journal dedicated to publishing prose that tells a compelling story, from both emerging and established writers with diverse voices.

Both entities operate independently of each other but fly together often. Pigeon Pages NYC features local and visiting writers of both poetry and prose, while Pigeon Pages publishes prose from writers nesting across the globe.

How can I submit to the Pigeon Pages literary journal?

We accept submissions exclusively through Submittable. Don’t be a bad egg—be sure to carefully follow our submissions guidelines!

What stories are you looking for? 

We accept prose pieces—both fiction and creative nonfiction—of under 4,000 words. (If you think your piece nests somewhere between genres, please submit under the fiction category.)

Do you consider previously published work?

No. If the piece has appeared anywhere online or in print (blogs and university/school publications included), then we consider that piece already a feather in your cap! Please send us something new.

Do you consider simultaneous submissions?

Yes. But please note that we strive to be polite pigeons and want our contributors to extend the same courtesy to us. Let us know immediately if your piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Do you pay your contributors?

Pigeon Pages is a labor of love, and as such, we are unable to financially compensate our contributors at this time. That being said, our love extends to our outstanding contributors. We do everything we can to promote their work on our social media channels and, when possible, through the reading series. We also support our writers through nominations for larger literary recognition, such as the Pushcart Prize and the Best American series.

Do you charge for submissions?

We charge $5 per story submission, all of which goes entirely toward our overhead costs. (No editorial pigeons are being paid here!) It is our hope that interested writers are willing to submit to us for the price of a nice cup of coffee. However, it is important to us to keep our nest open to all, so if the submission fee imposes a burden to any aspiring pigeons, please reach out to us via our general email address.

Do you consider art submissions?

Our Art Editor curates artwork to be featured with each story. You may submit up to three high-resolution images of your work through our Submittable portal for no fee. We cannot individually reply to every art submission, but we will be in contact if your work is a good match for an upcoming story. Please be sure to name your files using this template: Title_YourName. You may withdraw your art from consideration at any time.

Can I apply to read at Pigeon Pages NYC?

Writers interested in being featured at one of our readings can introduce themselves via our general email address. However, please note that our monthly flock simply isn’t big enough to accommodate all qualified pigeons.