About Us

Epiphany is a biannual literary journal and independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) that supports practicing writers at every stage of their careers. During our open reading periods we consider every submission seriously. With our Breakout 8 contest we honor student writers. For 18+ years we have published work that transcends convention and demonstrates literary mastery.

Our name derives from the Joycean idea that an epiphany is the moment when “the soul of the commonest object… seems to us radiant.” Like the semicolon in our logo, an epiphany is a pause in time followed by a shift in thinking. Like the semicolon, an epiphany can consist of a confluence between two ideas. Like the semicolon, an epiphany is both a part of language and outside of it.

So send us your best work. Work that both resists and embraces language. Work that draws connections where we never thought to look. Work that evokes or examines or simply mirrors for us this strange condition of being human. Fill us up; leave us wondering.

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Willard Cook

Rachel Lyon


J.T. Price

Ruth Awad

Emerald Carter, Chiara Kaufman, Caroline Reagan

Steve Bargdill, Doris Cheng, Charles Chipman, Jon Chopan, Caroline Coleman, Carrie Conners, Andrea Gallardo, John Greenberg, Aimee Griffin, Michele Lent Hirsch, Hannah Holden, Leslie Howes, Scott Hunter, Liana Huynh, Gregory Jacobi, Cyrena Lee, Robert Lynn, Caroline Mar, Wah Mohn, Emily Morris, Whitney Porter, Wendy Price, Ben Reinhardt, Barbara Schwartz, Nicole Starczak, Laura Tanenbaum, Ashley P. Taylor

Una Baker, John & Brooke Cook, Counterpoint Press, Louise Eastman, Jeffrey & Eiko Gustavson, Stephen Henderson & James LaForce, Literary Hub, Sarah Lutz & John van Rens, Karen Rosenkrantz, Vijay Seshadri, Dorothy Spears, Kristin Vukovic

Elsie Aidinoff, Christopher Baker, Sallie Bingham, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency, Kenneth & Nina Bryant, The Cook Family Fund, Heleny Cook & Richard Hall, Rebecca J. Cook, Warren & Brammie Cook, Don Cummings, Lisa Dierbeck, Alexandra Dell, Robert Dubinsky, William Dubinsky, Elizabeth England, Marian Fontana, Yoko Fukuda, Haruko Fukuda, Eiko Fukuda, Ann Goldstein, Jeffrey Gustavson, Odette Heideman, Michele Herman, Edward Hirsch, Lisa Kaufman, Etgar Keret, Jeffery Lependorf, Elizabeth Macklin, Wendy Mark, Susie Marples & Nelson Young, Domingo Martinez, Jerry & Naomi Neuwirth, Edith Pearlman, Monica Racic, Roxana Robinson, Pierre George Roy, Halee Sage & David Friedman, Vicki Scher & John Hecht, Philip Schultz & Monica Banks, Jay & Bonnie Stockwell, Daniel Terris & Maggie Stern, Wendy Weaver, Cynthia Weiner, John Edgar Wideman, Bennett Windheim, Oliver Will & Kim Beck

Justin Alvarez, Britt Canty, Willard Cook, Alexandra Dell, Nancy Hightower, Jennifer Lue

Vicky Bijur, Elizabeth England, Susie Marples, Dorothy Spears

Rachel Lyon

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Contact Us

To submit to Epiphany,
or to apply for an internship,
please visit our Submittable page.

For all other inquiries,
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