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All work must be previously unpublished.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 box to the right). Any submissions sent by email or by snail mail will not be read.
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.
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.
Hybrid: Up to three shorter pieces or one longer piece. Please try to stay below 12 pages of text and/or images. You may submit in one document or up to three separate files.
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.