If you’re interested in writing for The Sunlight Press, send a completed piece to thesunlightpress@gmail.com. Here are a few guidelines for submissions:

What are we looking for?

The Sunlight Press is now accepting submissions within the following categories:

  • Personal Essays: 650-1,000 words
  • Fiction (Includes flash-fiction pieces, short stories, poetry): under 2,000 words for short stories; under 1,000 words for other fiction
  • Reviews (Review of books, short story collections, essay collections, art, television, movies): 750-1,000 words
  • Artists on Craft Series (Interviews/Reflections by artists on their process of the art of choice; accompanying photos welcome): under 1,000 words
  • Photography

How do you submit?

Email submissions to thesunlightpress@gmail.com with the subject line clearly indicating the genre – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, review, artist on craft, or photography. Submissions may be in the text of the email or in an attached Word document (docx., doc.). Up to five poems may be submitted in one attachment. We also accept multiple photographs in one submission. Please submit only one fiction or nonfiction piece at a time, and please use only one space after periods.

What should accompany your submission?

Your submission should include a 3-4 sentence bio, a standard headshot (JPEG), social media handles (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), as well as a current email address and contact information.

Does The Sunlight Press pay writers upon publication?

Yes, The Sunlight Press pays for original work only. We do not pay for work that was previously published in print, on a personal blog or another digital publication.

Please note: Writers whose work was chosen for our Spring Fiction and Summer Nonfiction contests were awarded $50. These awards were in addition to payment received from The Sunlight Press when the piece was published. Read more details about the most recent contest in our post published Oct. 17.

When will you hear from us?

Every submission will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the submission from the editors. Writers will be informed of acceptances within four to six weeks of submission. Please query after that time period if you have received no response. Simultaneous submissions are allowed; however, we request that writers inform us of this status upon submission. We strive to publish pieces within four to six months of acceptance.

Still have questions?

Email us at thesunlightpress@gmail.com. We welcome all questions and inquiries.