Vincent Brothers Publishing

Type Of Organization
(919) 923-7147
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The Vincent Brothers Review is a literary magazine published twice a year in perfect-bound, full-color hard copies and four times a year online. We are a paying market—$125 for each prose piece; $25 minimum per poem; the artwork is negotiable. We also sponsor an annual short story contest, and our next contest deadline is October 31, 2021. The submission process is through electronic submission ONLY, via our page, with a fee of $10 per story entered. Entry fees are used to allocate prize money and fund the production of TVBR Issue #26. The editors will choose four finalists, and each will be published in our hard copy of Issue #26. Vincent Brothers Publishing’s mission is to promote an appreciation for the literary arts of poetry, short fiction, essays, and creative nonfiction. Our editorial staff aims to broaden the audience for contemporary creative writing and visual graphic design via the publication of four electronic issues of “The Vincent Brothers Review” on our website and two print issues per year. Vincent Brothers Publishing also publishes poetry chapbooks and plans to expand to short story collections.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kimberly Willardson
Contact Title
Contact Email
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art
Representative Authors
René Houtrides, Herbert Woodward Martin, Benjamin Pryor
Submissions Policy
Writers should send work that they’d be proud to see in print or online. The best way to discover what kind of manuscripts we seek is to read at least a couple of back issues of “TVBR!” Our most recent print issue (#24: themed “Changes”) is $12.95 each; saddle-stitched back issues are $5.00 each; perfect-bound back issues are $6.50. A year’s subscription is $35 and includes two print issues, select on-line pieces, and our bi-monthly newsletter. This suggestion goes beyond our desire to sell back issues. It’s vital for writers seeking publication to support and read their peers’ work, as well as the work of the magazines they are approaching for possible publication. Great writers are always great readers, too. They should set high reading standards in addition to high writing standards. Writers planning to market their work must be aware of what that market is publishing. Researching online literary publications, as well as the litmag sections of libraries and bookstores, is vital. Once writers have found a few magazines they enjoy reading, they should subscribe to them and study the material they feature. The habit of reading contemporary litmags and eMags will enhance and broaden an appreciation for literature, as well as assist writers in placing their work. We judge material solely on the words chosen, the style in which those words are used, and the images, ideas, and characters those words convey. The choice of the typeface used by an author is not a factor in our consideration; however, it’s obviously more manageable for us to read manuscripts presented in a clear, legible manner. “TVBR” publishes theme issues. Stay tuned and check back here for further deadlines and contests, including information about our Deanna Pickard Memorial Prize, a poetry or fiction chapbook contest for women over 50 who have not yet published a chapbook. TVBR editors accept electronic submissions ONLY, via our page, with a fee of $3 per entry for poems, short stories, and non-fiction pieces; $10 per story entered in to our annual short story contests. Entry fees are used to pay writers and artists for their work, allocate prize money for our annual short story contest, and fund the production and distribution of TVBR’s print issues. Submission fees also cover production costs and website maintenance.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
2 - 6 months
Author Payments
cash, copies
Annual short story contest: deadline October 31. Readers’ votes determine place winners from a pool of 4 editors’ finalists.
Number Of Paid Staff
Year Founded
We distribute in-house
ISBN Number
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
5 - 8.25
Average Number Of Pages
Kimberly Willardson
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I founded the magazine in 1988.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We are an editor-in-chief, a poetry editor, & an associate editor. We also pay a social media director to handle our social media accounts. We pay editorial assistants ($20 an hour) to help us read the slush pile & prepare manuscripts for publication
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Tell us what you’re currently reading.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We accept electronic submission only via our page:
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We look for work that honors the genre it represents, whether that’s a short story, poem, essay, or analog collage.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read your work out loud a few times before sending it out. When the work is solid, be brave with it.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
I’ve read stories that have made me jump out of bed in the middle of the night and text my associate editors. René Houtrides’ “Wild Pitches” and Will Winkle’s “Stuck,” in our most recent issue are two such stories.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
My Uncle Bud. He’s a former Marine who’s been laying righteous concrete for more than 60 years and used to jump out of airplanes for fun. He’s a vast, eclectic reader. When one of our pieces has caught his attention enough for him to comment, YEAH!