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The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. We’ve been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. Contributors tell us that after their work reaches more than 70,000 engaged Sun readers, they often hear from old friends and new admirers.

To save your time and ours, we suggest you take a look at The Sun before submitting.

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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 nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.

Please review our full submission guidelines to make sure your work is a good fit.


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Readers Write asks readers to address subjects on which they’re the only authorities. Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression. We publish only nonfiction in Readers Write.

Writing style isn’t as important as thoughtfulness and sincerity. There is no word limit, but we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the section before you submit.

Please review our full submission guidelines and sample writing to ensure your work is a good fit.

Upcoming Deadlines

       August 1: Bravery

September 1: Shortcuts

October 1: Accidents

We’re interested in black-and-white photographs. We’re not looking for photojournalism, just unique perspectives on the world around us — especially human interactions.

Please review our full submission guidelines and sample photographs before sending us your work.

The Sun publishes interviews with innovative and provocative thinkers. We like interviews that stretch us intellectually yet remain accessible.

We’re always on the lookout for voices not traditionally heard in the mass media and are particularly interested in interviews with women and people of color.

We publish only question-and-answer-style interviews: no profiles.

Before you conduct an interview, send us a brief summary of the person you want to interview and what topics you plan to cover. What stands out about them? Why would a Sun reader be interested in them? (If you’ve already done the interview, we’d still like to know a little context about the person.) We’d also like to see a set of 15–20 sample questions that you’d ask. This helps us get a better sense of what direction you’d be taking the interview.

Transcripts should be at least six thousand words and can be as much as fifteen thousand. In-person interviews are best.

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