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 personal essays, fiction, and poetry.  Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. 

We encourage submissions from writers of color.

We rarely run anything longer than seven thousand words; there’s no minimum length.

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

November 1, 2019: The Weekend

December 1, 2019: Fear

January 1, 2020: Boyfriends And Girlfriends

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.

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