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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Sun submission guidelines

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  • Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize and been selected for the Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories anthologies.
  • We publish personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of color.
  • Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.
  • We rarely run anything longer than seven thousand words; there’s no minimum length.
  • We discourage simultaneous submissions.
  • Writing is a solitary act, but when what you’ve written goes out to our loyal subscribers, it can feel a little less so.

What We Pay

Personal Essays
$300 to $2,000
Read sample essays

$300 to $2,000
Read sample fiction

$100 to $250
Read sample poetry

We purchase one-time rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.


Mailed Submissions

Due to the novel coronavirus, The Sun’s editorial office is closed, and staff are working from home. We have temporarily suspended the review of submissions received by postal mail. Please submit online.