We publish up and coming artists that haven’t had the opportunities or resources to be published previously. Our ultimate goal is to populate the literary and art world with fresh voices and perspectives. Above all, we are a DIY, artist-centered, and community-oriented publishing press.
With roots in Los Angeles, The Bay Area, and The Pacific Northwest, Sunflower Station Press is a space for burgeoning artists to gather, create, and share. We seek to center artists whose work grapples with their surroundings. The primary question we are concerned with is how to interpret and stitch together the spectrum of experiences, joys, pleasures, and pains that arise in a world that can feel senseless and absurd at times. Our answer is Sunflower Station.
Sunflower Station Submission Guidelines
We are looking for work that is in line with the following:
- Work is unpublished
- Nonfiction & Fiction: 2500 words
- Poetry: 3-4 poems; 5 pages max
- Visual Art: longer series as well as individual pieces are accepted
- Advertisements: we accept ads for bands, tattoo shops, radio shows, small businesses, and other independent organizations.
- We do not publish epic poetry
- We are interested in the liminal, unique, & zany
- Progressive, socially in touch work
- We welcome transgressive, radical, and esoteric voices
- We are inclusionary
What we expect from our contributors:
- Respond in a timely manner (within a week is ideal)
- People who are open to forming dialogues
- We are working to develop art that is approachable and accessible
- We will not tolerate hate speech
WRITTEN SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- 12pt, sans serif font
- No formatting
- Standard margins
- Word Doc or Google Doc
- No PDFs or image files
VISUAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- We accept .jpg, .png, .psd, and .pdf files
- Please make all images as high-quality as possible
- Image scans are accepted, but please have access to higher-quality versions
SEND SUBMISSIONS TO SUBMISSIONS@SUNFLOWERSTATIONPRESS.COM
*For all submissions, please include a brief paragraph about the work and an artist bio.
MEET OUR TEAM
JM SANTOS AGUILERA
JM Santos Aguilera is a first-generation American poet. He was born in Fresno, California to parents who emigrated from Mexico in the 80s. He grew up speaking Spanish and entered kindergarten with a single word of English: firefighter. After graduating from San Francisco State University in 2013, he moved to New England to develop his writing. He currently runs and writes in Los Angeles.
PJ Zettle is a writer, editor, musician, and educator hailing from San Francisco and currently based in Los Angeles. He is the author of many publications, is a screenwriter and editor, and is the primary writer for the upcoming series Blue Nights. He is one half of the musical duo PREY and performs under the alias DJ Ghosting. He holds masters degrees in English Literature and Publishing, both from Portland State University.
Renee Owens is a queer, mixed-race artist, writer, and activist. Her artistic endeavors involve community outreach and attempting to re-center disenfranchised voices, working directly with populations on projects that empower and spread awareness. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Michael V. Rodriguez was adopted as a baby. This blessing continues to fill his stories with characters who are born in the margins. Mixed-race identity, a critique of authority, and the value of love are common themes in this work. Other influences include the East Bay DIY scene, cycling, the service industry, and other people’s pets. Michael currently resides in Oakland and is pursuing a master’s in education so he can become a high school teacher and further serve his community.
Through our work, we have been able to donate to the following local organizations
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