We are currently accepting submissions of VISUAL ART for the first round of our yearlong ekphrastic project.

We will soon announce the lineup for our Dec 4 show at The Emerald Tablet, and open up submission to our Jan 5 show @ a location TBD. Curators for that Jan show will be Sara Marinelli, Shideh Etaat, and Evan Karp.


  • 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.
  • If you’d like to submit writing to one of the shows, or to the book contest, you can also read on:
  • Lightning Ekphrastics

    Thus begins our yearlong ekphrastic project:

    Quiet Lightning is accepting submissions of all forms of VISUAL ART through Sunday, December 21. Our art directors, Laura Ceron Melo and Sidney Stretz, will each choose one of their favorite pieces; we will then post those two selections on our website, and open submissions to written responses, on Sunday, December 28th; those submissions will be open until Sunday January, 18th, with selections posted, and submissions open to visual responses, on January 25th.

    We will continue this back and forth through November 2015 and celebrate the project's completion with a gallery show throughout the month of December '15, with a reading of one of the threads at the opening reception and a reading of the other thread at the closing reception.

    Rad, right?

    Help us make it so. Do your thing… with us.

    If you're wondering: how will the writing be curated? Evan Karp will select the first two pieces of writing, and then choose one different person to respond to each selection. Each of those people will then choose one writer who gets to respond to the next piece of visual art. (If you're interested in participating, send Evan a note -- address below.)

    Let's see where this takes us!

    1. Do not put your name anywhere -- neither in the submission itself nor in the subject of your submission nor in the filenames (only in the cover letter). Let's keep the lights out for a little while, yeah?
    2. One submission per person, per half round. A round is two months—visual art and writing—so there are six rounds in this project. In other words: anyone who submits visual art can also submit writing, even in the same round, even if their art is selected. Why not? We'd love you to have a conversation with yourself across different media.

    That's it, actually.

    Questions? Don't hesitate: evan AT quietlightning DOT org. 

    Submit! »

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