Ends on

Submissions are open for our next literary mixtape, to be held at a San Francisco Bay Area venue to be announced, on February 7, 2022. ***Please note: this will be an *in-person* event. You must commit to be present at the show in order to submit. If you are unable to be in the SF Bay Area on 2/7/22, please do not send in your writing. We are currently working on ways for authors to participate virtually in future QL shows.

We're accepting writing of all kinds to be performed one night only. All selected authors will be paid and published in sPARKLE & bLINK 113, available at the show and free to read online. Cover artist and curators to be announced shortly.

Submissions are open through end of day Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

  Shown above: "Built and Maintained for Certain Bodies" by Jillian Crochet, cover artist of sPARKLE & bLINK 112.



  1. Send us any kind of writing. Any kind! Make up new kinds and send them to us.
  2. No one gets more than 8 minutes of reading time. This varies of course but don’t send us more than 1,500 words unless you’ve timed the piece(s) multiple times and your speedy performance of the text somehow enhances it. We sometimes make an exception to this rule, but rarely.
  3. You may submit more than one attachment, but the word count of your entire submission should not exceed 1,500.
  4. By submitting, you commit to be present for the date: Monday February 7, 2022.
  5. Do not put your name anywhere — neither in the submission itself nor in the subject/title/filename of your submission.
  6. We publish the accepted submissions in sparkle + blink for every mixtape show. It’s OK to submit previously published writings, but please let us know where they were published so we can give proper attribution.
  7. You may submit audio, but all submissions must include full text.
  8. We welcome and encourage submissions in any and all languages, but all submissions must also contain an English translation.

              Don't hesitate to contact us for any reason: evan@quietlightning.org.

About Quiet Lightning
Now in its 12th year, Quiet Lightning is a San Francisco-based literary nonprofit with the mission to foster community based on literary expression and to provide a safe and supportive arena for said expression. Our flagship is the literary mixtape, a submission-based series with a completely blind selection process and different curators for every show, for which there are no introductions or banter. The shows are published as books, handed out free to the first 100 people at each show. All participating artists are paid. We’ve now produced 144 shows, featuring 1,774 readings by 954 different authors in 91 venues and 118 books, curated by 77 people. Quiet Lightning also maintains Litseen.com, a daily calendar of literary events. 

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