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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.

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We are looking for poems on the theme of love and justice. The selections will appear in a special section, guest edited by Sun contributor Crystal Williams, in an upcoming issue. Williams is a poet and essayist and an advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the arts.

Our aim is to provide a space for writers to address this peculiar historical moment, the human condition, and our capacity to come together. Poems may be personal or political or both. We favor accessible language and thought, but we are open to poems that push boundaries and challenge readers. We especially want to hear from writers of color.

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2017. We pay $100 for each accepted poem. Please use the form below to submit up to five poems.

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.

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