Written by Ella Peary February 1st, 2024

Sunhouse Literary: Now Seeking Submissions

Sunhouse Literary is a new online journal of poetry and flash prose. Although they accept a wide range of forms and styles, they’re especially interested in publishing experimental writing: “We’re interested in poems and stories that can’t be contained in one shape or narrative or genre. In form that’s been manipulated to house new genres. Each door, window, closet, opening up to something new.”

Sunhouse is still curating their first issue, but they plan to publish a new edition once a month. Each issue will contain a small number of pieces to allow each poem or flash to receive the attention and appreciation it deserves. Sunhouse also plans to interview each author published in the journal to gain a glimpse into their writing process.

Poets may submit up to five poems, 10 pages or fewer total. Authors of flash prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) may submit up to two pieces, 1,000 words or fewer each. Authors submitting micros under 400 words may submit up to three pieces. Sunhouse welcomes very short micros.

Authors of hybrid writing may submit any number of pieces, totaling 2,000 words or fewer. Sunhouse accepts a wide range of hybrid writing, and they love experimentation in general: “We love pieces that blur genre and use symbols, emoticons, white space, etc. creatively; poems with whole paragraphs of dialogue, writing that rides the line between prose poem and micro, liberal use of footnotes, pieces with theatrical elements, mixed media, and more.”

Although Sunhouse is unable to pay contributors, they do plan to nominate authors published in the journal for awards such as The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best New Microfictions, and Best New Poets. They also plan to provide an option for readers to “tip the author,” and to showcase the ongoing achievements of past contributors on their blog.

Sunhouse accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors inform the editors when submitted pieces are published elsewhere. It’s also worth noting that they encourage submissions of previously published writing.

Sunhouse only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting. The editors have also included examples of writing they love in the submission guidelines. It’s a good idea to read these examples to get a sense of what they like.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Sunhouse, please visit their website here

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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