Black Sun Lit (generally) reads submissions for digital vestiges year-round, accepts only previously unpublished work, and allows simultaneous submissions in the good faith that the writer promptly notifies us if their work has been accepted elsewhere. For consideration, please submit—in one file—up to 5 poems, 1–2 works of prose (up to 5,000 words), or 1 essay (3,500–5,000 words). We are also open to translations, interviews, and/or works of drama, and enjoy debate on any artistic endeavor as it relates to our mission statement.

Vestiges is Black Sun’s irregularly printed journal of prose, poetry, essay, and art. Themes, submission guidelines, and open reading periods vary: Subscribe to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr for announcements and related information. 

We request all writers wait until they’ve heard back from us before sending more work (we aim to reply within 3–5 months). For past contributors, please wait at least one year (online) or one issue (print) from when your work last appeared before submitting to us again (unless otherwise solicited). If withdrawing only a part of a submission, e.g. a poem, we ask that writers add a note to their submission via Submittable—partial withdrawal notifications delivered by email are likely to get lost in our inbox. Lastly, as of May 20, 2016, we are no longer accepting unsolicited book manuscripts, including chapbooks, novellas, full-length novels, collections of short stories, books of poetry, etc.

Send queries to: editors [at] blacksunlit [dot] com

digital vestiges ISSN: 2471-7320

We are open to any form. We like writers who bear similarity to and/or are influenced by authors like Samuel Beckett, Georges Bataille, Marguerite Duras, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Unica Zürn, Yukio Mishima, Clarice Lispector, Hélène Cixous, and Jean Genet. We are not particularly fond of genre fiction, narratives driven by references to popular culture, or suburban realism.
We are interested in aesthetic infinity. Some examples of the poetic we admire include Ghérasim Luca, Harry Crosby, Stéphane Mallarmé, William Carlos Williams, Henri Michaux, Gertrude Stein, and Guillaume Apollinaire. Work overtly concerned with structure may not be taken seriously.
We are looking for theoretical essays that cover marginalized writers, philosophers, critics, and/or theorists who have never been under serious study. We do not want book reviews, personal essays, or the politically saturated.
We welcome submissions of translated fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama that both pay respect to Black Sun's influences and give expression to the press's aesthetic objectives. Submissions should include the original work and, if required, permission from the author or the author's original publisher/copyright holder to publish the translation online and/or in print.

Please use this form to submit interviews, original works of drama, or artwork. 

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