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

We want stories that woke you in the middle of the night and didn't release you back to your dreams until it was created.​ We are open to all genres and themes as long as they make us think and feel emotions. 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 and stories with untraditional layouts, and anything else that catches your fancy. 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All work must be previously unpublished.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 submittable only. Any submissions sent by email or by snail mail will not be read.

Submissions open from July 1 to December 31. It is free to submit via our Submittable page.

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

Fiction/Nonfiction: One piece per submission period. Please try to stay below 12 pages. Due to limited space, any pieces longer than this has much less of a chance of being published in Spectrum.

Artwork: Submit up to 5 pieces of art/photography in one submission period. Submit each as a separate image file in a single submission form.