Issue one of The Sunshine Review did so well that I had to repeat the success with a second issue!
First, I’d like to thank everyone who submitted to Issue one for doing so, and second, I’d like to thank everyone for checking out our first issue! It’s greatly appreciated.
For those of you who don’t know, I started a literary magazine in November 2020. It accepts poetry, flash fiction, and short stories from Canadian and international writers from all walks of life.
And we’re open for submissions for our second issue until May 15, 2021.
How to Submit to The Sunshine Review
I’m looking for companion poems and flash fiction for the second issue that mimics William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. If you don’t know who William Blake is, I’d suggest a quick Google search to learn more about him as an author and check out Songs of Innocence and Experience (there’s a link in the submission guidelines you can follow for the poems).
I’m leaving the topic open to the writer, but I want to see one story or poem come from the perspective of innocence and the other from experience. Think about the lessons you’ve learned as you’ve grown up or how your perspective changed when you gained more information.
Double standards, unfair situations, etc., are also good places to start. I want to see stories and poems that tackle the duality that we encounter in our everyday lives.
The Submission Details
If you’d like to submit to issue two of The Sunshine Review, here’s what you will need to know:
- Poets must submit two stand-alone* poems that are no longer than 60 lines each. Poems may be in any style that you want. You don’t have to follow Blake’s style (though it would be cool if you did.)
- Authors must submit two complete, stand-alone* flash fiction stories no longer than 600 words each.
- Bonus points if your stories and poems include accompanying illustrations. (But they are not necessary for publication.)
* By stand-alone, I mean that the poem or story should be able to make sense on its own without its companion beside it. The second piece should not be a continuation of the events in the previous work. You can read Blake’s poems on their own, so the same applies to your work too.
The deadline to submit is May 15, 2021. And I hope to release the second issue on June 21, 2021.
Authors may submit once per submission period. Please send everything to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading [CATEGORY – PROSE or POETRY] SUBMISSION + TITLE. I also want to see a short author’s bio (150 words) and any social media and website links.
You can read the full submission guidelines here.
Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you, and I can’t wait to read your submissions.
Before we go, I have a favor to ask. Could you please tell your writer friends about the opportunity? I’d appreciate it!
Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram. We just finished off a competition that would’ve given you early access to the submission guidelines.
Stay safe, everyone.
Until next time.