Submissions for Volume 66 are now closed.

Submissions for the sixty-seventh volume will open July 1, 2023. 

Spectrum’s mission is to publish a spectrum of voices, perspectives, narratives, and forms.

We are open to all genres and forms, including hybrid work. Spectrum has a legacy of publishing of inventive, high-quality, and provocative work, and we’re striving to uphold that legacy and expand on it.

We accept fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art, but don't be limited by these genres. If it can be printed in two dimensions, we will consider it for publication. This includes sheet music, photography, collages, poems, essays, and stories with untraditional layouts, and much more. Surprise us and our readers.

Please submit prose and poetry in .doc or .docx formats. PDFs can cause formatting issues, especially for poetry.

All work must be previously unpublished. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you inform us immediately if it is published elsewhere.

Please note that we read all of our submissions blind, so remove your name from all documents submitted to us. Pieces that violate our submission guidelines will not be considered for publication.

We accept submissions via our Google Forms only (links are in the blue box). Any submissions sent by email or by snail mail will not be read.


Spectrum offers no monetary compensation but does give all contributors a free copy of the journal. We claim First North American Serial Rights, meaning that Spectrum will be the first to publish any content, but that in following publications, the rights revert to authors.

Submissions are open from July 1 to December 31. It is free to submit via our Google Forms.

Poetry: Up to five poems per author in a submission period. Please submit all five in a single document. Submit poetry here.

Fiction/Nonfiction: One piece per category in a submission period. Please try to stay below 15 pages. Due to limited space, any pieces longer than this has much less of a chance of being published in Spectrum. Submit fiction here. Submit nonfiction here.

Hybrid: Anything that blends literary or artistic genres or mediums. Up to three shorter pieces or one longer piece. Please try to stay below 15 pages of text and/or images. You may submit in one document or up to three separate files. Submit hybrid here.

Artwork: Up to 5 pieces of art/photography per submission period. Please submit each as a separate image file in a single submission form. Submit artwork here.



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