Submission Guidelines

Submit Your work

If you would like to submit your work to be included in The Spectrum Spark, please email us at spectrumsparkmines@gmail.com with your attached file and the following information:

  • Subject line of email should include: Issue #, medium type, name of piece
  • Body of email should include:
    • Your name
    • Title of your piece
    • Medium/genre of piece being submitted (see genre list below)
    • Any aspects of your identity you would like to share (gender identity, sexual orientation, race, etc.) (this is optional)
    • Any content warnings you would like to suggest to be posted at the beginning of your piece (see content advisory guidelines below)
    • Any other information you would like to be published alongside your piece
    • If you would like to add a pen name or have your work published anonymously
      • If you would like your work to be anonymous/under a pen name online, but would also like to have your name published in print copies, we can accomodate this
      • We recognize that not all Spectrum Spark contributors are out, and therefore we will ensure your privacy and will not share any identifying information if you wish to remain anonymous.

Please make sure your piece meets the detailed submission guidelines posted below. If you have questions about these guidelines, please reach out to us at spectrumsparkmines@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Genres

We accept literature and visual media in the following forms and more:

  • Original short fiction
  • Poetry
  • Editorials
  • Memoirs
  • Photography
  • Fashion showcases
  • Painted or drawn visual art
  • Comics
  • Screen plays

At this time, we are not accepting audio or music submissions.

Detailed Submission Guidelines

For detailed submission guidelines for literature/written media, click here.

For detailed submission guidelines for visual media, cick here.

Submission Timeline

Issue 2 (Fall 2021): 

TBD

Possible Themes

Below is a short list of examples of possible themes for submissions. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and other themes will also be considered.

  • Acceptance and isolation
  • Self-discovery
  • Relationship between identities and labels
  • Intersectionality between LGBTQ+ identities and other identities such as race, religion, class, ability, etc.
  • Queer relationships
  • Coming out
  • Authenticity at home / at school / in the workplace
  • Community (operating within old communities or forming new ones)
  • Found family
  • Personal experience within LGBTQ+ current events
  • Critiques of media representations of LGBTQ+ folks
  • Drawing attention to the ways that transphobia / biphobia / homophobia show up in our lives and how we can dismantle them

Content Advisory

No fan content. If the copyright has expired on the content your fan creation is based off of, we may consider it.

Must have queer/gender identity and sexual minority themes.

Tags required: Permitted, but needs a tag

  • Menstruation
  • Vomit/excrement/bodily fluids
  • Religious themes

Soft limits: Allowed to be implicitly referenced, but submissions with this type of content will be limited. Trigger warnings required.

  • Fatphobia/body negativity
  • Mentions of self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Abuse (emotional, physical, financial, etc.)
  • Nudity (context, tastefulness, and media-dependent)
  • Slurs (depends on severity/frequency/context)
  • Heavy dysphoria
  • Assault
  • Frequent references to anxiety and/or depression
  • Alcohol/recreational drug use

Hard limits: We will not print this. 

  • Graphic/explicit sex
  • Graphic rape and sexual assault
  • Graphic depictions of self-harm and suicide
  • Graphic/glorified violence
  • Pedophilia/incest
  • Drug addiction
  • Hard drug use
  • Explicitly homophobic/racist/bigoted themes
    • Obviously homophobia will be represented but never in a positive light