Matt Muth

Managing Editors

Sarina Sheth

Paul Vega (Prose)

Nicole McCarthy (Poetry)

Fiction Editors

Ian Denning

Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher

Christine Texeira

Paul Ridge

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Tara Ebrahimi

Poetry Editors

Kate Henry

Willie James


Ryan Diaz

World’s Best Interns


Kodiak Armstrong

Other Means


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“The new literary review Pacifica has been available on the internet since September, but they debuted the hard copy of the journal on Monday. The volume is as lovely as its release event in the Pine Box’s covered patio area, where guests sat drinking beer at long wooden tables, eyes to the front, like some mead hall out of Beowulf. Except with space heaters, and a lot more neckties per capita.” from The Stranger

“A Celebration of Something You Can Handle” by Cate McGehee


The Stranger


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Pacifica is proud to present our 2017 Fiction Contest, judged by Margaret Malone! The winner will be awarded $300, publication in the print issue, and a free year’s subscription. For full details and to submit, click the link above.



Pacifica Literary Review is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, author interviews, and visual art and photography. There are no limitations on form or subject matter. Prose submissions must be under 5,000 words. Flash fiction submissions must be no more than 1000 words individually. Novel excerpts are acceptable, but must be able to stand alone. For poetry, please submit no more than three poems in a single document.

We are currently open year-round for submissions. Pacifica will close submissions for two weeks prior to the publication of each web issue at the beginning of September, January, and May, after which we will reopen for subs as usual. We accept online submissions through our online submission system on Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as Pacifica Literary Review is notified immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw submissions accepted elsewhere through Submittable. To withdraw a single poem or flash fiction piece, let us know by email at

All submissions should follow the directions on Submittable and be titled with the name of the work. The author will receive a confirmation of the receipt of the work as well as a final decision through email. Please don’t submit any additional work until you have received a decision from the editors regarding work already under consideration, and please do not resubmit a piece we have previously considered. Reporting time varies from one to four months.

We understand that you’re anxious to hear back, and we will try our hardest to expedite the process. At this time we cannot offer monetary compensation for publication, but we do offer one free copy of the print issue for the year in which your work appeared.

Pacifica Literary Review reserves first North American publishing rights, and non-exclusive rights to reproduce, display, and distribute the work in print or other media platforms. Print rights return to the author after first publication in Pacifica Literary Review.