• $1,000 Fiction Prize, judge: Whitney Scharer
  • $500 Michael Steinberg Nonfiction Prize, judge: David Mura
  • $500 Graphic Lit Prize, judge: Franklin Einspruch
  • $500 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, judge: Tim Seibles
Contest dates: April 5-May 25, 2021

Winners as well as finalists will be published in our Summer Awards Issue due out in August. All winners and finalists will be cited in future advertisements and announcements.

Previous judges have included Afaa Weaver, Robert Lopez, Meredith Hall, Celeste Ng, Richard Blanco, Michael Steinberg, Martha Collins, Kim McLarin, Randall Kenan, Jennifer Haigh, Jerald Walker, David Huddle, A. Van Jordan, Andres Dubus III, and Terrance Hayes.



1. Cover sheet required with name, address, telephone number and email. Email and/or phone MUST be included to be considered. Please include cover sheet in the same file as the actual submission. Do not put your name on the manuscript itself. Final judges will be choosing on the basis of the quality of your work. Please indicate the genre of your piece next to the title.

2. 12-point font. Microsoft Word attachment. Online submissions only.

3. Each entry: Fiction or Nonfiction: 25-page maximum, double-spaced; free-standing excerpts from books also accepted.  Poetry: 3-poem maximum. Graphic Lit: Original artwork, multiple panels (no single image pieces), in JPG/PDF format. 

4. You may submit more than once but must pay a separate fee for each entry.

5. You may submit simultaneously elsewhere, but please email us immediately if accepted at another journal.

6. We will not accept previously published work. Solstice has first publication rights, but copyright reverts to you upon publication. We will publish the piece after the Summer Awards Issue in our Archives.

7. If you won last year's contest, you must skip a year before resubmitting to the contest, but we encourage you to submit work to Solstice for general publication.

8. We will announce the winners online on our Home Page approximately 6-8 weeks after the contest deadline.

9. After announcing the winners, all contest submissions will be automatically considered for standard publication unless you indicate otherwise.

10. The $18.00 entry fee must be paid online.

**Winners of past Solstice Magazine contests must wait three years to submit again.

$3.00 USD

Up to 25 sequentially numbered pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point type. We seek voices of excellence and inclusion. Fiction for us includes the literary short story, stand-alone novel excerpts, flash fiction collections of 3-5 pieces, and genre short stories—mystery or sci-fi only.

$3.00 USD

 Four poems maximum, single-spaced, with 12-point type.  Please submit all poems in one document, not separately.

New translations of poems from around the globe are welcome. All rights to translate original work must be acquired, unless work is in the public domain. Translators should be prepared to provide copyright proof. Four poems maximum, single-spaced, with 12-point type.  Please submit all poems as one document.

$3.00 USD

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.

$3.00 USD

Solstice Literary Magazine is proud to now accept comic submissions for our new Graphic Lit category. As with all of our magazine’s contributors, we are looking for fresh voices and diverse perspectives. In Graphic Lit we are open to pushing boundaries so send us your personal stories, creative fiction comics, comic poetry, comic essays, and more. We will consider most formats as long as they contain multiple panels (no single image pieces) and can be displayed within our website framework.
 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. 

We welcome experimental or traditional pieces of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, graphic lit, 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 to our hybrid print and 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 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.