When you submit your piece, we do require that you fill in our info form and include a short bio.

With your subscription info, you will be entered into our database and receive updates and info on our contests and other events. Should you wish to “unsubscribe,” simply send us an email.

Your name, telephone number and email address should be typed at the top of the first page of your piece.  Also, in order to file your submission, we must ask you to copy and paste your bio onto the first page of your piece.   We cannot process your piece without the bio copied at the top of the first page.


We do not accept multiple submissions, so please send us only one piece at a time. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know right away if your piece has been accepted elsewhere by sending an email with the title of your piece to submissions@solsticelitmag.org.

We only accept unpublished work, unless solicited. One we have published your work, you are free to send it elsewhere. We hold first-and one-time rights only, although we reserve the right to post your work in our Archives. We might request selected pieces for future anthologies. You reserve the right to decline our offer.
While we do not pay for individual pieces, we do promote selected work on our Facebook page and elsewhere, and we also sponsor an annual contest which offers cash prizes.

We’ve kept our submission guidelines to a minimum because we want to encourage you to submit your best work. We are looking for established and also new voices. Out of the collision of diverse voices can come dialogue, and maybe a hint of unity, and maybe even peace, a solstice of the mind.

What we’re looking for:

Thank you for your interest in contributing to The Solstice Blog. We seek inspirational and informative content from diverse voices on writing craft, writing process, diversity (or lack thereof?) in the lit world, recent trends in writing and/or literature, brief author interviews, gender/race/LGBTQ equality, and more.

We are not afraid of a little controversy or healthy debate so please pitch us if you have something to say!

Guest blog submissions are ideally between 500 to up to 1,000 words. Shorter is always better for reading on the web, although longer pieces can be made more web-friendly by keeping the following tips in mind:

  • Use language that is short and concise.
  • Keep paragraphs to a maximum of four to five sentences.
  • Break up major points with headlines.

We request that blog submissions be accompanied by a brief bio, an author headshot if you want one included, and any images you would like to include in your blog. Images should belong to you, however if you send an image from another website or from a Google images search, please include a link back to the page from which the image appeared so we can give credit. We prefer Jpeg images that are no larger than 2MB.


Up to 35 pages, double-spaced, one inch margins, 12-point type, sequentially numbered pages. We seek unique voices. (Fiction for us includes the literary short story, stand-alone novel excerpts, and genre short stories, mystery or sci fi only.)


Four poems maximum, single-spaced, with 12-point type.  Please submit all poems in one email, not in separate emails.

Up to 22 pages, double-spaced, one inch margins, 12-point type, sequentially numbered pages. We seek unique voices. (Nonfiction includes the memoir and the essay.)  We like nonfiction that probes into a cultural issue.

Ends on May 7, 2019$18.00

$1,000 Fiction Prize 


$500 Nonfiction Prize


$500 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize


DEADLINE: May 7, 2019

Winners as well as finalists will be published in our Summer Awards Issue due out in August. All winners and finalists will be cited in future advertisements and announcements.

Previous judges have included Afaa Weaver, Robert Lopez, Meredith Hall, Celeste Ng, Richard Blanco, Michael Steinberg, Martha Collins, Kim McLarin, Randall Kenan, Jennifer Haigh, Jerald Walker, David Huddle, A. Van Jordan, Andres Dubus III, and Terrance Hayes.



1. Cover sheet required with name, address, telephone number and email. Email and/or phone MUST be included to be considered. Please include cover sheet in the same file as the actual submission. Do not put your name on the manuscript itself. Final judges will be choosing on the basis of the quality of your work. Please indicate the genre of your piece next to the title.

2. 12-point font. Microsoft Word attachment. Online submissions only.

3. Each entry: Fiction or Nonfiction: 23-page maximum, double-spaced; free-standing excerpts from books also accepted.  Poetry: 3-poem maximum.

4. You may submit more than once but must pay a separate fee for each entry.

5. You may submit simultaneously elsewhere, but please email us immediately if accepted at another journal.

6. We will not accept previously published work. Solstice has first publication rights, but copyright reverts to you upon publication. We will publish the piece after the Summer Awards Issue in our Archives.

7. If you won last year's contest, you must skip a year before resubmitting to the contest, but we encourage you to submit work to Solstice for general publication.

8. We will announce the winners online on our Home Page approximately 6-8 weeks after the contest deadline.

9. After announcing the winners, all contest submissions will be automatically considered for standard publication unless you indicate otherwise.

10. The $18.00 entry fee must be paid online.

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