Guidelines for Submission


We don’t have a lot of guidelines, just that we are interested in creative nonfiction that has not been published elsewhere* and that we seek, of course, excellence.

Very short pieces (e.g., 2-3 pages), unless they are so tightly written that they squeak, don’t stand as good of a chance with us as longer ones.


Please send only one essay at a time!

We do like a brief cover letter.


* Please consult us first about writing a review (only for creative nonfiction).


Unfortunately, at this time Under the Sun cannot pay authors for their manuscripts. We acquire First North American Serial Rights only, after which the author is free to publish his or her work elsewhere.

Under the Sun requests that it be acknowledged in the event of subsequent publication.

We are reading August 15 – January 2 of each year.


Please address all correspondence and submissions to:


Heidemarie Z. Weidner
Editor, Under the Sun

( hzweidner at )


If you need to mail your work, send to

Heidemarie Z. Weidner
Editor, Under the Sun
English Department, Box 5053
Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, TN 38505.