We are currently accepting submissions for the following:


• a separate literary mixtape for two special shows: Saturday, July 11 w/Beast Crawl @ an Uptown Oakland location TBD, and Saturday, July 18 @ SOMArts Cultural Center, part of their annual late-night multimedia garden party Night Light! You must specify to which date(s) you’re submitting (July 11, July 18, or both) or your submission will not be reviewed. For more information and to submit—by June 10—click here.

• our second film, Water Under the Bridge. Submit by May 4.

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  • 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 film, you can also read on:
  • Quiet Lightning: Beast Crawl + Night Light

    Quiet Lightning is accepting submissions of all forms of writing for two special upcoming shows: 
    IMPORTANT: You must specify in your submission whether you are submitting for July 11th or July 18, or both; if you don't specify, your submission will not be considered for either show. If you send in more than once piece (and do specify), it's possible we will invite you to read for both shows. 

    We will be making a separate literary mixtape for each date; each will be performed live one time only! 

    *** The deadline for submissions is the end of Wednesday, June 10th. *** 

    More information below:


    1. Send us any kind of writing you've got. Any kind. Make up new kinds and send them to us. 
    2. We rarely feature work that requires more than 8 minutes of reading time (this varies of course but let's say 1,500 words). You may submit more than one attachment, but the word count of your entire submission should not exceed 1,500.
    3. By submitting, you commit to be present for the date(s) you specify: Saturday July 11, 2015 and/or Saturday, July 18, 2015.
    4. Do not put your name anywhere -- neither in the submission itself nor in the subject of your submission.

    Please note:

    • We publish the accepted submissions in sparkle + blink 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.
    • You may submit audio, but all submissions must include full text.
    • The first 100 people at each show will receive a free copy of sPARKLE & bLINK.
    • Beast Crawl does not allow people to read at more than one event per year, so do not submit to Quiet Lightning for the Jul 11 show if you are already reading for a Beast Crawl event.
    Any questions? Don't hesitate to contact us for any reason: evan@quietlightning.org // 415-967-8376. 
    Submit! »

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