Literary Arts

Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of female writers to a broader audience. We publish literary fiction and poetry and accept submissions all year round!



P+B Publications is a new, independent publisher, seeking the best new work by women and non-binary authors. In the spirit of Pen + Brush, we believe fervently that our publishing program exists to act as forceful means of dispelling the misconception that too few women produce consistently high-level literary fiction and poetry.

Working with an impressive list of guest readers, we publish with the following goals:

  1. All work we publish is of a high quality and selected by a literary expert
  2. We never pre-filter submissions based on publishing experience, education, or background
  3. Every work we receive is read by a publishing professional

We are looking to work with strong new voices and we are committed to publishing them.

Pen + Brush publishes poetry and short and long literary fiction. We publish short stories and poems in our literary magazine Pen + Brush In Print, which is distributed in print and electronically. Our novels are currently published only in an electronic format, and distributed by major ebook retailers.

We work with a reading board, and you can learn more about our guest readers here.

Read our publications here.

Writers: Submission Guidelines

Open Rolling Submission / No Entry Deadlines / No Submission Fees

We are accepting entries on a continual basis and our curators read work as it arrives.

Work for Consideration

At this time we accept individual poems and works of literary fiction (limited to novels, novellas, and short stories). As our publishing program evolves, we may accept additional genres and full-length poetry manuscripts.

Submission Details

We DO accept previously published work, provided that our terms and conditions do not violate the agreement governing the previous publication.

We DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions.

All work submitted must be in English.

Writers are asked to submit the following: a description of the work submitted, a C.V., and one of the below options:

  • 1 novel or 1 novella (15,000 - 110,000 words / 60 - 440 pages)
  • 2-3 short stories (500 - 7,500 words per story)

[Word/page ranges as outlined pertain to the body of the work and do not include front/back matter, i.e. title page, table of contents, credits, or acknowledgements.]

  • 2-3 long form poems / 5-6 short poems

[no ranges required for poetry; author should determine the length category according form, style, and intention]

Only one submission will be accepted per author. After the author’s review period expires, new works may be submitted for review.

Due to the structure of our review process, we ask that all work be, at the time of submission, available for publication per the terms outlined in the author participation agreement.

Time Period For Submission

When a work is submitted to us, it is kept in our systems for review for six months.

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