Welcome to Pilcrow & Dagger! Our goal is to provide writers, and readers, entertainment and a break from “the block,” allowing your muse to reignite.

The Pilcrow & Dagger Literary Journal features original and creative short stories, essays, and poetry from writers from all walks-of-life. 

We publish 8 issues per year with our first issue premiering January 15, 2015. This issue can be read for free here.


Submissions for the August/September 2018 issue are now closed!

We are now accepting submissions for our October 2018 issue! The theme for this issue is “The Attic.”  What’s in your attic? A dead body? An old trunk filled with secrets? Your mother-in-law? Tell us all about them! Submissions for this issue close August 26, 2018.

If you have a photo or original piece of art you’d like to submit with your story, poem or essay, we accept those too. Digital format please. Sending us the original is appreciated but we cannot return them.

Please check our submission guidelines for more details.

If your work is selected for publication we will contact you 2-4 weeks prior to the publication date.