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Volume 64 Call for Submissions

Our new Editor-in-Chief, Paige Dixon, invites you to submit your art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid works for consideration for Spectrum Volume 64, which will be published in Spring 2021. Our reading period closes on December 31 and we will respond to all submissions by March 2021 (we're slow but steady). To find our full submission guidelines and to send us your work, visit our Submit page.

Hello, everyone.

This year shall be the 64th year in operation for Spectrum. Every year we see new faces and names in our authors and staff, new challenges and new inspirations, new masteries and explorations of art and word. This year brings us a rather unexpected new setting in the midst of COVID-19 and the changes our world is experiencing. We do not know what the future will hold, but we do know that Spectrum will be in it.

The theme of the last issue was Truth, and our authors shared absolutely incredible pieces that touched on a variety of truths, from family relationships to self-identity to social justice and more. Volume 63 is heartfelt and bold, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we have. While distribution of volume 63 is temporarily halted, we are still excited for everyone to read the amazing issue we put together.

In the meantime, we have decided to open submissions for volume 64, effective today, July 1st 2020. Our wonderful staff of readers and editors have answered the call to adapt to our current physical separation with aplomb, and so our production schedule for this year’s issue shall proceed as planned, with submissions closing December 31st 2020, responses to authors being sent out over January to March, and volume 64 coming out in early June 2021. Please note that as of this year we shall no longer be using the Submittable platform. Work can be submitted using the Google Forms linked on the Submit page of this website.

Writing brings us together. It is, in essence, a sharing of feeling and thought, and there are few (debatably) better ways to connect with each other in the distances we find ourselves in. Art, too, highlights what’s important, lets us share our inner thoughts and the perspectives we have on the world. Particularly now it is important that we use our voices to support what we believe in, to share what gives us hope and what we are fighting for. That is why the theme for volume 64 of Spectrum shall be perseverance—show us your strength. Submit to us your best work, the work that shows your joy and determination. Help us make a journal that demonstrates the best of us, the ways we have risen to the challenges our world has thrown our way.

Thank you to everyone who will submit your work. The act itself is one of the many small braveries that will get us through this.

Best of luck,

Paige Dixon, Volume 64 Editor-in-Chief

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