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The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty-five years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them. From its idealistic, unlikely inception in 1974 to its current incarnation as a nonprofit magazine with more than 60,000 print and digital subscribers, The Sun has attempted to marry the personal and political; to challenge the status quo and reveal injustice; to honor courageous and honest writing; and to touch the mystery of our humanity. In a world where advertising pursues us almost everywhere, The Sun remains a rare ad-free sanctuary. Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize and been selected for numerous anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for some submissions. They charge fees, except for visual art and "Readers Write" submissions. The fee is USD $2.50.
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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1974

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 12 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based

Send us your emotionally honest story — the one that helps us learn what it feels like to be someone else. Share satire that hits close to home, tragedy that's cathartic without being manipulative, or a parable that lingers long after we finish reading. We’re looking for stories in any genre of fiction that take risks to tell us something true about ourselves.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: CAD $200 and up, based on page length.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Send us your essay that’s too personal for any other journal — the one where you’re so unguarded you need editors you can trust and compassionate readers who will honor your vulnerability. Share a clear-eyed reflection on your big mistakes, a joyful celebration of your hard-won victories, or a testament that makes a newsworthy event feel intimate instead of faceless. We’re looking for essays that seek to understand the world from a fresh perspective and that wrestle with questions that resist easy answers.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Interview Interview6,000 - 15,000 words.
Essay EssayUp to 7,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Personal. Excluding: Academic.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Politics/Political Science, Society/Culture, Other (May vary).

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $200 and up, based on page length.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open Fee-based

Send us your poem that basks in the mysteries of the universe — the one where the smallest detail tells us about our place in the world. Share reflections on your relationships, questions for God, or an elegy for something you’ve lost. We’re looking for poems — usually narrative but always accessible — that invite us into your confidence and lead us to revelation.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms. Excluding: Rhyming.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment. Details: USD $200 and up, based on page length.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Open

We’re interested in black-and-white photographs — from intimate moments of human connection to striking natural wonders — reminding us to take a closer look at the world around us.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork ArtworkUnknown number of pieces.
Photo Essay Photo EssayNo image limits known.
Art Media:

Black & white photography.

Art Styles:

Open to all/most Art Styles.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece) Professional payment. Details: USD $200 and up, based on page length for photo essays; $200 for interior; $500 for cover art.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Image.


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The Sun Magazine Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the Extremely Challenging Fiction Publishers in our database.
This project ranks among the 25 Most Challenging Nonfiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 709 reports from 563 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 82.3 mean avg | 86.0 median | 371 max days (53.1 std dev)
Responses90.83 %
Acceptances1.13 % of submissions accepted (187.3 avg. days per acceptance) | 1.42 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections89.70 % (82.9 avg. days per rejection) | 2.2 % personal, 69.8 % form, 28.0 % unspecified | 0.1 % rewrite requests
Non-Responses9.17 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded0.28 % (339.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals8.89 % (55.7 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending256 responses are pending (1 min | 75.9 mean avg | 66.5 median | 310 max days waiting | 58.5 std dev) from 247 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $2.50. (65.4 % of reports specified whether they paid a fee; of those, 97.4 % paid fees.)
Most submissions are acknowledged within one day.
Most recent response reported was received on 18 May 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 17 Feb 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 06 May 2024
Last Audited: 22 Feb 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 02 Aug 2005

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