Cleaver Magazine

Type Of Organization
(215) 266-5755
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Cleaver Magazine showcases Philadelphia as a literary hub to the city, the region, the nation, and the world. We share “cutting-edge” visual and literary art from a mix of established and emerging voices. Our literary quarterly features poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, graphic narratives, and visual art. Look for this literary quarterly in March, June, September, and December. We see ourselves as facilitators and stewards of the literary and artistic work that we publish. In addition to our literary quarterly, we publish weekly and daily features, including “Life As Activism” (poetry and prose with a social justice theme), “writer-to-writer” craft essays, author interviews, travel essays, and reviews of books from small and independent publishers. Cleaver reviewers present the most exciting literary work from around the globe. We specialize in American independent press releases but also vital work in translation that’s all too often overlooked by American readers. Our in-house advice columnist, “Ask June,” written anonymously by a local attorney and writer, opines on matters punctuational, interpersonal, and philosophical, spinning wit and literary wisdom in response to readers’ ethical quandaries.

Social Media Platforms Used
FB, Twitter, Instagram
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Karen Rile
Contact Title
Chief and Founding Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, gr_novel
Representative Authors
Beth Kephart, Daniel Torday, Rachel B. Glaser
Submissions Policy
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
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
2 - 9 weeks
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
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Average Unique Visitors Per Month
Publish Print Anthology?
Karen Rile
Founding Editor
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.