We’ll Never Have Paris

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
We’ll Never Have Paris is an annual journal of nonfiction memoir in zine format, founded in 2007 by Andria Alefhi. We publish true stories by diverse writers about all things never meant to be. Our mission is to bring true stories to print by diverse and emerging writers. We are the longest-running literary zine and the only one dedicated to the personal essay.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Andria Alefhi
Contact Title
Founding Editor
essays, nonfiction
Recent Awards Received
CLMP Re-grant, 2015
Representative Authors
Andria Alefhi, Jaime Borschuk
Submissions Policy
Must be a true story reflecting a 'tales of regret' voice, plus the sub-theme of each issue. 1,200 words or less.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 09 / 01 - 10 / 01
Reporting Time
3 - 4 weeks
Author Payments
none, copies
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Antiquated Future
Andria Alefhi
founding editor
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I conceived of this literary journal because I wanted a place for us all to tell our stories.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
I work with my co-editor, Jaime Borschuk on reading and selections, corresponding with authors, choosing artwork and themes. Jaime focuses on our website, zine layout and final pdf. Volunteer copy editors assist per issue.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
We do not require a cover letter.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
We read submissions for voice, fit for the zine, fit for the theme, and diversity. Often, a submission has potential, but lacks cohesion, a strong point, more feeling, etc. We work with the author to try to get it there.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
An earnest, well-written true story. I care more that it is true and honest than well-written. This is a working man's memoir journal.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
see above.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
When I meet people, if they tell me a great story about something that happened to them, I tell them to go home and write that down and send it to me.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Someone looking for a human connection to themselves and other in print form.