• Spectrum Staff

Volume 63 Call for Submissions

Updated: Jan 2




Our new Editor-in-Chief, Madeleine Almond, invites you to submit your art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for consideration for Spectrum Volume 63, which will be published in Spring 2020. Our reading period closes on December 31 and we will respond to all submissions by March 2020 (we're slow but steady). To find our full submission guidelines and to send us your work, visit our Submittable page.


Editor's Note: As of January 1st, 2020, we are no longer accepting submissions for Spectrum Volume 63


Hello all, and welcome back to that time of year already. As of July 1st, we are accepting submissions for the 63rd volume of Spectrum.


This year, Spectrum is looking for the Truth.


The unfortunate truth is that we all lie and keep secrets. Some of us lie because we fear the consequences of the truth. Some lie because they fear how others will treat them. Others lie about what they believe in, or lie about who they really are. To tell the truth, all the time, is an unthinkable burden. To always lie is just as difficult and catastrophic.


For the 63rd volume of Spectrum, we want to examine these lies as well as the truths that we reveal. These truths and lies can be small, like being honest about a friend’s hairstyle that you don’t like. Or they can be large, like coming out as transgender or gay to family. They can be on a societal level, like propaganda and misinformation. Whatever the setting or scale of the story, we want to hear about the lies and/or truths you or your characters encounter and how we all navigate this complicated landscape of fact and fiction.


Submit to us your best work, even the pieces you fear won't be accepted. So we can maintain our legacy of publishing of inventive, high-quality, and provocative work.