Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Cleaver is a Philadelphia-based online magazine that provides a platform for underrepresented writers and artists producing work of the highest quality. Cleaver exists to: * elevate emerging voices, including young adults, alongside established writers. * showcase Philadelphia literary voices among national and international literary artists. * develop the editorial skills of young writers through our selective internship program. * present balanced, insightful book reviews promoting work published by small presses as well as often-overlooked works in translation. * represent the fullest diversity of literary art for all genres and content, advancing emerging contemporary literary forms. Cleaver offers access to the public free of charge. Our literary quarterly is published in March, June, September, and December.
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Chief and Founding Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, gr_novel
Beth Kephart, Daniel Torday, Rachel B. Glaser
Cleaver reads submissions year-round on a rolling basis. We accept simultaneous submissions, with immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work is generally not accepted.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
2 - 9 weeks
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Number Of Issues Per Year
Back Issues Available
We use LitBreaker
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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Publish Print Anthology?
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Poetry editor Lauren Rile Smith and I founded Cleaver in January 2013.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Cleaver has several volunteer readers, editors, and proofreaders in each genre. We also have a staff of review editors, as well as a roster of book reviewers.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Our submissions requirements include a request for a brief bio because we want to get to know you. It
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We use a submissions manager (Submittable) to track and manage submissions. We sometimes request revisions and/or work with authors on an editorial level before accepting a piece.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We are looking for writing that is fresh, exciting and detailed. Our publication is fairly eclectic, drawing from wide range of authors, both emerging and established.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Please take time to familiarize yourself with our magazine. If you feel it's a good fit, send us your work!
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We recently accepted a wonderful short story that turns out to have been submitted by a former fiction-writing student of mine (at the University of Pennsylvania). Although I did not recognize her name at first, the memory of her undergraduate work f
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
We love it when our magazine is read and appreciated by devoted readers of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry-- but we love it even more when new readers discover these genres for the first time.