Call for Submissions 7/1/19-12/31/19:

This year, Spectrum is looking for the Truth.

The unfortunate truth is that we all lie and keep secrets. Some of us lie because we fear the consequences of the truth. Some lie because they fear how others will treat them. Others lie about what they believe in, or lie about who they really are. To tell the truth, all the time, is an unthinkable burden. To always lie is just as difficult and catastrophic.

For the 63rd volume of Spectrum, we want to examine these lies as well as the truths that we reveal. These truths and lies can be small, like being honest about a friend’s hairstyle that you don’t like. Or they can be large, like coming out as transgender or gay to family. They can be on a societal level, like propaganda and misinformation. Whatever the setting or scale of the story, we want to hear about the lies and/or truths you or your characters encounter and how we all navigate this complicated landscape of fact and fiction.


Who We Are

Spectrum is an annual journal of art and literature published by the University of California Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies. Founded in 1957, it is the longest-running literary magazine in the UC system. We publish work of established, emerging, and first-time writers.  We are staffed by undergraduate writers and editors, and publish nationally and internationally renowned authors from anywhere and everywhere, writing in all genres


What We Want

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All work must be previously unpublished.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 can accept up to 100 submissions per month, and sometimes we hit this limit. If you cannot submit when you try, please return again at the beginning of the next month.

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We will accept up to five art pieces. We are looking for daring, contemporary pieces that can either fill an entire page or accompany a written work. Whether a sketch, a photo, or digital piece–– we are interested. 

Please submit all five pieces as separate image files in a single submission. We only review one submission per author.

Previously published works will not be considered and subsequent publishers should be aware of your publication in SPECTRUM. You retain all rights as the artist.

Contributors whose work is accepted for publication will receive a free copy of the issue, so please include your mailing address and contact information. 

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We will consider up to five poems. Please submit all five in a single .doc or .docx document. We do not accept PDFs, as they cause formatting errors.


Spectrum reads submissions blind. Remove all instances of your name from the document. If your name or identifying information appears on the document, you will be asked to resubmit.


Previously published works will not be considered and subsequent publishers should be aware of your publication in Spectrum. You retain all rights as the author.

We reserve the right to edit submissions for grammar and length. All submissions will be published in our house style. If you have a preference as to the format your poem will be published in, please contact us before you submit.


Contributors whose work is accepted for publication will receive a free copy of the issue, so please include your mailing address and contact information. 

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We accept any genre of fiction. 

 

Please submit only one short story piece per submission period, double-spaced, in a .doc or .docx file. Please keep the length under 12 pages if at all possible. If you are submitting flash fiction, please include up to three pieces in a single document.


Spectrum reads submissions blind. Remove all instances of your name from the document. If your name or identifying information appears on the document, you will be asked to resubmit.


Previously published works will not be considered and subsequent publishers should be aware of your publication in SPECTRUM, though you retain all rights as the author.


We edit submissions for grammar.


Contributors whose work is accepted for publication will receive a free copy of the issue, so please include your mailing address and contact information.

We accept any form of non-fiction, from personal to scholarly essays.


Please submit only one piece per submission period, of no more than 15 pages, double-spaced, in a .doc or .docx document. 

Spectrum reads submissions blind. Remove all instances of your name from the document. If your name or identifying information appears on the document, you will be asked to resubmit.

Previously published works will not be considered and subsequent publishers should be aware of your publication in SPECTRUM, though you retain all rights as the author.


We reserve the right to edit submissions for grammar and length.


Contributors whose work is accepted for publication will receive a free copy of the issue, so please include your mailing address and contact information.

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