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Trust The Sun with your story.

We publish personal essays, short stories, poems, and black-and-white photography in print and online in our monthly magazine.

We’re looking for narrative writing and evocative photography from all over the world. Send us work that maps the human landscape, where the light catches on the faintest joy, where darkness sometimes threatens to overwhelm, and where never marks the spot because the truth is never so simple.

First-time authors and award-winners alike find their place in The Sun. We are particularly interested in submissions from marginalized voices.

Our uncommonly supportive community of readers includes 60,000 print subscribers and thousands more website visitors. And The Sun is ad-free, so when we share your work, we don’t crowd it with distracting sales pitches.

Detailed submission guidelines, including our compensation rates, are available below.

Essays, Fiction, & Poetry

We publish writers who aren’t afraid to be vulnerable, who don’t shy away from difficult truths, and who don’t always deliver what our readers expect. Does your work invite us into a moment of reflection?

Send us your writing

Readers Write

In this popular section of The Sun we share our readers’ autobiographical responses to a monthly topic. See what’s coming up next — there might be a free subscription in it for you. Do you have a true story to share?

Send us your entry

Letters to the Editor

In The Sun’s Correspondence section we publish letters from readers about selections that move them, that fire them up, that they think miss the mark. Occasionally our contributors even reply. Want to start a conversation?

Write a Letter to the Editor


We're interested in black-and-white photographs — unique perspectives on the world around us, especially human interactions.

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