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. 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 with one submission.

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. We will consider previously published work for the site, but it is not eligible for payment.

Please note: Writers whose work is chosen for our Summer Nonfiction Award will be awarded $50. This award is in addition to payment received from The Sunlight Press when the piece is published. The nonfiction award will be given to writers whose essay is published or submitted (and accepted for publication) from June 15-September 15. Our Spring Fiction Award also for $50 was awarded in August. Read more details in our post published on Aug. 14.

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 3 – 4 weeks of submission. In certain circumstances, we will accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed; however, we request writers to inform editors of this status upon submission.

Still have questions?

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