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Equinox is a biannual, digital, multimedia journal that showcases poets, writers, and artists. We invite you to send us your poems, flash fiction, flash essay, photography, and art. We look for contemplative, argumentative, globally aware, despair-resistant, and apathy-abolishing works.  


Submission Guildelines
You may submit up to 3 pieces in any one genre (poetry, flash prose, or image) for a reading fee of $5, which will be used toward ongoing programs and publications at hotpoet, and which will fund a $100 “best in show” prize for every category of work (poetry, flash prose, and image) in each edition of Equinox.
You may submit more than three pieces or in multiple genres, but separate submissions are needed to do so and separate reading fees will be assessed for each.
We do not accept previously published work, whether online, self-published, in chapbooks, in anthologies, or in literary journals. We do accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you immediately withdraw any piece that gets accepted elsewhere for publication.
All submissions must be in standard font and formatting. Poetry should be single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. Prose should be double-spaced and include a word count. There is no line limit for poetry, but flash fiction and flash essay should be limited to 500 words. Images should be in png format.


Submission Period and Publication Date
Our reading period begins on December 15th and ends on February 1st. We will publish the spring edition of Equinox on March 20th.

Theme: “In Our Back Yard." 

This theme invites varied interpretations, as the backyard is both an intimate and an iconic space. One connotation of the backyard is that it is the place where we play—as in, lawn chairs and inflatable swimming pools and sprinklers and barbecues. While the front yard presents a public façade, the back yard is where the pretense drops. Another possibility is that the back yard is the place where we hide—hide what we don’t want the world to see about us and hide ourselves away from what we don’t want to see about the world. This brings up issues of inclusion and exclusion—we’ve all heard the pedantic “Not in my backyard” proclamation. Your submission could be your response to these issues. The use of “our” suggests that the back yard is a shared space despite the illusion of separateness, in that we are bound together by invisible threads of our common humanity, whether or not we choose to acknowledge that interconnectedness. We are excited about this theme and look forward to experiencing what it evokes for you.

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