The Sun Magazine

About The Sun

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.


Sy Safransky offers a few words about the magazine he started more than forty-five years ago.

The Sun Publishing Company, Inc. is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is supported primarily by subscriptions and reader contributions. Donations to The Sun are tax-deductible.