Good news, everyone! We are currently accepting submissions:

  • If#QuietLightning by Gracie Malley 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:
  • Quiet Lightning @ Litquake

    Quiet Lightning is accepting submissions of all kinds of writing for our annual Litquake show, to be held on Monday, October 13th. This show is in conjunction with ArtSpan & SOMArts, whose annual SF Open Studios and Day of the Dead group exhibitions will be on view at SOMArts during the event.

    Accepted work will be arranged into a literary mixtape performed live, without introduction or banter, and published in our journal sPARKLE & bLINK, featuring cover art by a local artist. Free copies for the first 100 people.

    As always, two rules: 
    • No one gets more than 8 minutes. We sometimes make exceptions but you probably shouldn't count on it, and we ask that you please not send us more than 1,500 words total. (We sometimes ask people to read one thirty-second poem, and it is an awesome 30 seconds.)
    • By submitting, you commit to be present for the date of the show.
    Other guidelines:
    • The deadline for submissions is the end of Wednesday, July 30th.
    • Send us any kind of writing you've got. Any kind. Make up new kinds and send them to us.
    • Selection is made through a blind process. Do not put your name anywhere -- neither in the submission itself nor in the subject of your submission. (There is a place in the form that asks for a bio/cover letter and you can enter your information here -- it will be hidden until after selections are made. If any of the work you're submitting has been previously published, you should also enter that information here.)

    Please note:

    • We publish the accepted submissions in sparkle + blink, featuring a different local artist every month. It's OK to submit previously published writings, but please let us know where they were published so we can give proper attribution.
    Don't hesitate to contact us for any reason: 
    Submit! »
  • Quiet Lightning's social media book contest

    Our first book contest required participants to handwrite their books. The result was two beautiful risographed chaps and a glowing release party.

    For our second contest, submissions are entirely open to the world… so long as you submit using social media.

    The Rules

    • You can use any combination of media… however you want
    • The deadline is the end of September 15
    • Entry cost is $5/submission
    • All submissions are subject to applicable copyright laws

    To officially submit, you must use Submittable

    • Include in your submission a link to every post that is part of your book, in the order it’s intended to be read
    • If the book is to be read in a non-linear fashion, please still include all of the links and explain clearly how the book works
    • Because of the nature of this contest, submissions will not be anonymous

    Judges: Evan Karp + TBA


    • Tag each post #qlbooks
    • That's all!


    • Will we give you examples of how this might work? No. We don’t want to limit you.
    • Formatting, particularly for poetry, can be edited once winner(s) is/are chosen. There is no need to send a different formatting in your Submittable file; use the media the best you can.
    • Yes, author(s) of selected entry/entries will receive a basic publishing contract, including royalties.
    • If you have specific questions, please contact us: evan at quietlightning dot org.
    Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, txt
    Submit! »

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