AU3 by Rohan DaCosta

Monday, March 6 @ 7:30pm | Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary 

FREE show, 21+

Peggy Schimmelman » Jenny Xie » Logan Ellis » Sandra Wassilie » Laurie Posner » Hadas Goshen » Sherril JaffeSara Marinelli » Lisa Piazza » Siamak Vossoughi » Anthony Veasna So » Fernando Meisenhalter » Matt Leibel

curated by Meghan Thornton + Olga Zilberbourg

sPARKLE & bLINK cover art by Rohan DaCosta

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by the numbers
We accepted 13/68 submissions (19%)
7/13 (54%) are reading at QL for the first time
6/13 (46%) are returning (x of times below):
Sandra  (2x), Sara (1x), Lisa (5x), Siamak (19x), Fernando (1x), Matt (5x)
This will be our 105th show and 83rd issue of sPARKLE & bLINK. More about us.


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Now accepting writing of all kinds!

Read/perform with Quiet Lightning on May 6, 2019 @ a venue TBD. All forms of writing are accepted, and all selected writers are paid! Curated through a blind process -- curators TBA soon as well.

 Submissions are open through end of day Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

This is a FREE, all-ages show, with a suggested donation of $5-20 to help pay the authors, the venue, and for the books -- the first 100 people will receive a book featuring all of the selected writing, and authors will read/perform as a literary mixtape, with no introductions or banter.



  1. Send us any kind of writing. Any kind! Make up new kinds and send them to us.
  2. No one gets more than 8 minutes of reading time. This varies of course but don’t send us more than 1,500 words unless you’ve timed the piece(s) multiple times and your speedy performance of the text somehow enhances it. We sometimes make an exception to this rule, but rarely.
  3. You may submit more than one attachment, but the word count of your entire submission should not exceed 1,500.
  4. By submitting, you commit to be present for the date: Monday May 6, 2019.
  5. Do not put your name anywhere — neither in the submission itself nor in the subject/title/filename of your submission.
  6. We publish the accepted submissions in sparkle + blink for every mixtape show. It’s OK to submit previously published writings, but please let us know where they were published so we can give props.
  7. You may submit audio, but all submissions must include full text.
  8. We welcome and encourage submissions in any and all languages, but all submissions must also contain an English translation.

    Don't hesitate to contact us for any reason:

  • If you’d like to submit your artwork to be featured in sparkle + blink, check out our art page.
  • If you’d like to submit an (informal) application to co-curate one of our shows, follow this link and let us know.

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