We welcome experimental or traditional pieces of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, and also photography.
Nonfiction for us includes the essay as well as memoir. We also consider excerpts from novels or nonfiction books, especially if the piece can stand alone.
Controversial topics are fine with us. We would be most pleased to publish your piece.
But we do have high standards. All pieces will go to readers, then to the appropriate editor, then to the editorial board. No one editor’s taste will determine which piece is accepted but rather a consensus will be reached.
SOLSTICE is a tri-quarterly magazine. We hope to respond to your submission within approximately two to four months. Sometimes it takes us a little longer, depending on when the last issue was published. We accept only online submissions for our online journal.
When you submit your piece, we do require that you fill in our info form and include a short bio.
With your subscription info, you will be entered into our database and receive updates and info on our contests and other events. Should you wish to “unsubscribe,” simply send us an email.
Your name, telephone number and email address should be typed at the top of the first page of your piece. Also, in order to file your submission, we must ask you to copy and paste your bio onto the first page of your piece. We cannot process your piece without the bio copied at the top of the first page.
We do not accept multiple submissions, so please send us only one piece at a time. We do accept simultaneous submissions, which means you can submit to other magazines at the same time, but please let us know right away if your piece has been accepted elsewhere by sending an email with the title of your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org and withdrawing your submission through Submittable. We will respond within 4 to 6 months.
We only accept unpublished work, unless solicited. One we have published your work, you are free to send it elsewhere. We hold first-and one-time rights only, although we reserve the right to post your work in our Archives. We might request selected pieces for future anthologies. You reserve the right to decline our offer.
While we do not pay for individual pieces, we do promote selected work on our Facebook page and elsewhere, and we also sponsor an annual contest which offers cash prizes. (We also will provide complimentary sidebar ads for future books by authors who have published with us! And we will announce their new books in our new Announcements section on our Home Page. )
We’ve kept our submission guidelines to a minimum because we want to encourage you to submit your best work. We are looking for established and also new voices. Out of the collision of diverse voices can come dialogue, and maybe a hint of unity, and maybe even peace, a solstice of the mind.
What we’re looking for:
Thank you for your interest in contributing to The Solstice Blog. We seek inspirational and informative content from diverse voices on writing craft, writing process, diversity (or lack thereof?) in the lit world, recent trends in writing and/or literature, brief author interviews, gender/race/LGBTQ equality, and more.
We are not afraid of a little controversy or healthy debate so please pitch us if you have something to say!
Guest blog submissions are ideally between 500 to up to 1,000 words. Shorter is always better for reading on the web, although longer pieces can be made more web-friendly by keeping the following tips in mind:
- Use language that is short and concise.
- Keep paragraphs to a maximum of four to five sentences.
- Break up major points with headlines.
We request that blog submissions be accompanied by a brief bio, an author headshot if you want one included, and any images you would like to include in your blog. Images should belong to you, however if you send an image from another website or from a Google images search, please include a link back to the page from which the image appeared so we can give credit. We prefer Jpeg images that are no larger than 2MB.
Up to 35 pages, double-spaced, one inch margins, 12-point type, sequentially numbered pages. We seek unique voices. (Fiction for us includes the literary short story, stand-alone novel excerpts, and genre short stories, mystery or sci fi only.)
Four poems maximum, single-spaced, with 12-point type. Please submit all poems in one email, not in separate emails.
Up to 22 pages, double-spaced, one inch margins, 12-point type, sequentially numbered pages. We seek unique voices. (Nonfiction includes the memoir and the essay.) We like nonfiction that probes into a cultural issue.