Solarpunk Magazine publishes hopeful short stories and poetry that strive for a utopian ideal, that are set in futures where communities are optimistically struggling to solve or adapt to climate change, to create or maintain a world in which humanity, technology, and nature coexist in harmony rather than in conflict. We also publish solarpunk art as well as nonfiction that explores real world, contemporary topics and their intersection with the solarpunk movement for a better future.
*Our nonfiction department is always open for submissions.
If the fiction portal is closed and you submit fiction through the open nonfiction portal, your submission will be rejected.
Our fiction editors are interested in works that stir readers with themes of defiance, change, and achievement. This effect isn’t likely to come via high concept utopias alone, but rather, from vibrant characters whose struggles affect the reader. Speculative elements should be apparent but not dominating; our disbelief suspended not by necessity, but immersion. Any genre of science fiction, interstitial fiction, magic realism, or fantasy has potential as a solarpunk forum—we welcome robots and elves with equal excitement.
Please use standard manuscript formatting (12 pt Times New Roman or similar font, double spacing, 1" margins, page number at the top of each page, indented paragraphs, no extra space between paragraphs).
Send up to 5 poems or 5 pages of poems, whichever is shorter. Prose poetry is fine, but if you are in doubt, submit it as fiction.
If possible, please remove all identifying information (your name, email address, etc.) from your submission file. Your submission won’t be rejected if your manuscript is not anonymous but we prefer to form our initial impressions on the work alone.
What J.D. Likes
Above all else, I value style and form, no matter which kind you choose. There needs to be a certain level of polish to the poetry you submit to us. Your ideas may be interesting, revelatory even, but if the quality isn’t there, then I’m afraid it’s not from me. Also, don’t worry about submitting poetry that rhymes. I adore that kind of poetry, and it’s always a delight to read a masterful modern one.
Some classic speculative poems I enjoy:
Echoes from the Outer Dark by Robert E. Howard
Goblin Fruit by Christina Rossetti
Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came by Robert Browning
Because I could not conquer death by Emily Dickinson
Recent speculative poetry I've enjoyed:
For non-fiction submissions, we're interested in reviews, interviews, reports, articles, essays, and general audience-aimed overviews of academic papers relevant to solarpunk. Tell us about some cool science or technology that's going to help us rewild the world, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, or clean up our agricultural act. Weave us the stories of real people who are up to amazing things or of real projects that are underway to help create the world we want to live in. Give us a critical review (of a work, a set of works, or a topic) that rises high enough for a view of the forest as well as the trees. Stake an interesting claim and then convince us that you're onto something. The possibilities are broad. Interesting is important. Thought-provoking is encouraged. So is keeping it kind. And, again, relevance to solarpunk is key.
1- Please don't send us your solarpunk manifesto or 'What is Solarpunk' article. We aren't interested in publishing those at this time.
2- Non-fiction submissions should be 1000-2000 words long, clearly written, and accessible to general readers. Jargon, when it is necessary at all, should be clearly defined in the text or in footnotes.
3- We prefer to read things in standard manuscript format (double spacing, 1" margins, page number at the top of each page). Footnotes should be used sparingly, endnotes not at all. Hyperlinks are great and a handful of references for further reading are fine, but not necessary. These are not meant to be academic publications!
4- Any accompanying photos, figures, or other graphics should be the digital equivalent of camera-ready and when the manuscript author does not own the rights to the image, it is the author's responsibility to secure permission for the publication of the image(s), with any costs to be borne by the author.
5- Submissions should be in English, but either British, Canadian, or American spellings are okay, so long as the manuscript sticks to one style or the other.
Thanks and good luck!
We accept art submissions for both cover art and interior magazine art. We are only interested in art that qualifies as solarpunk. If you think your work qualifies, but are unsure, submit and we'll review your work.
To be considered for cover art, work must be portrait orientation, 8.5x11 inches or a larger equaivalent, and at least 300 DPI. For interior art, we also want at least 300 DPI, but orientation and size are open.
We prefer work with color, but we do also accept B&W submissions.
To have your art considered by our art team, please use the Art Submissions Portal to submit a link to your solarpunk art portfolio. Your portfolio folder should indicate which works are reprints, and which are unpublished.
All submission windows begin at 12:01 am PST.
All submission windows end at 11:59 pm PST.
January 1-14, 2023
March 1-14, 2023 (Colorful Roots: BIPOC authors only)
April 1-14 2023
May 1-14, 2023
June 1-14, 2023
September 1-14, 2023
Issue #7 – January 10
Issue #8 – March 14
Issue #9 – May 9
Issue #10 – July 11 (Colorful Roots all-BIPOC issue)
Issue #11 – September 12 (Solarpunk Myths issue)
Issue #12 – November 14
Colorful Roots: Issue #10, July 2023
Our all BIPOC issue. There is no theme other than general solarpunk, but the issue is open to BIPOC authors only. To accommodate our guest editor's (TBA) schedule, please submit work for this issue during our March 1-14, 2023 open window.
Solarpunk Myths: Issue #11, September 2023.
What myths will be important to communities in solarpunk futures? What function and role will those myths play in people's individual lives and in community life?
Solarpunk Myths submissions may be sent during any open submission window.
Please include #SolarpunkMyths in your submission cover letter.
**The Monthly Micro Fiction Contest will close for the remainder of 2022 after the October submission window.
Per contest period, each author may send up to one micro fiction of 250 words or less. No submission or contest fees. One winner gets a prize of $25 and publication on the Solarpunk Magazine website, from where it will be emailed to hundreds of our blog subscribers and posted to our social media pages. Submissions are capped at 100 per month. Winner announced the following month. All other regular submission guidelines apply. All contest windows open at 12:01 a.m. on the third Friday of each month, and close at 11:59 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.
January 21-27 (Theme: Afro-Solarpunk. Black and African authors/artists only.)
February 18-24 (Theme: Solarpunk Womxn)
March 18-24 (Theme: Solarpunk Mental Health)
April 15-21 (General Solarpunk)
May 20-26 (Solarpunk in Asia and Pacific Islands)
June 17-23 (General Solarpunk)
July 14-28 (Solarpunk Deserts)
August 19-25 (Solarpunk in the Sky)
September 16-22 (Theme: Indigenous Futures. Indigenous authors only, including Latinx authors)
October 21-27 (Theme: Solarpunk Halloween)