On a microscopic level, scientists say that nothing ever touches.  Electrons repel each other; our very atoms shy away from trembling connection. Even in someone's arms, we are galaxies apart, orbiting. We are impossibly distant. Hugely empty, dangerously full, our inability to touch draws us together. We long to reach our fingers out and feel the reverberations through the empty air of a heart that is not our own. We yearn enough to make the stars rush in towards us. In emptiness, we aspire to collision, to explosion, to that patterned disorder that created us and burns in us still. Blueshift is the yearning, the telltale sign that we have never been alone.  

Please read the following carefully:

  • You can visit our website, theblueshiftjournal.com, and browse through our issues before submitting, so as to get familiar with what we like.
  • We are an tri-annual, international journal accepting work from artists of all ages.  You do not need to be from the United States to submit.
  • Issues will be available online in digital and .pdf format.
  • Submissions are read blindly.  Do not put any identifying information on the file name, the document you upload to Submittable, or in your title. We will automatically reject pieces that do not follow this, so look over your submission carefully before you press send.
  • Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief, third person biography, the title of your pieces, and anything else you would like to share with us. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for the Editor-in-Chief, so rest assured, your work will still be read blindly.
  • We do not accept previously published work unless sanctioned by the Managing Editor. If your piece has been published anywhere other than a personal blog/website, please do not submit it.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Contributors will receive a contract upon acceptance.  This contract states that The Blueshift Journal retains all first North American publishing rights.  After publication, rights return to you, the artist, with the stipulation that future republication must cite Blueshift.
  • We will not consider erotica, graphic violence, children's stories, or other inappropriate submissions.
  • If four months pass and you do not receive word from us, please email us.
  • Please email theblueshiftjournal@gmail.com with any questions, and we'll get back to you promptly.  

$5.00 - 10.00
$5.00 - 10.00
As The Blueshift Journal is a relatively new magazine, Tip Jar Submissions are a wonderful way for you to help support us! 

You can submit anytime of the year for $3.00, $5.00, or $10.00. Tip Jar Submissions are treated exactly the same as anything submitted during submission period.  However, Tip Jar is a great way for writers and artists to help offset the costs of production.

For Tip Jar, you may submit up to four poetry pieces, two prose pieces, or five art pieces.  Please submit them in separate documents.  

IF YOU ARE HERE TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL PIECES TO ISSUE 7, please note this in your cover letter.

We look forward to seeing your work, and very much appreciate the donation!

Look through the spyglass and show us a kaleidoscope of moments past. We want your words the ink of a far away home. Ridges of your fingerprint, pottery chinks between your teeth. Who drew the skyline? Light glances between spyglass and pupil. String us up. Delve into the gap between train and platform. We all run parallel in lines so close sometimes we can reach our hands out and touch. Show us the connection in the air between words.

Welcome to the Feedback Corner!  Send in your writing/art for a second eye, and within 10 days, we will get back to you with constructive comments from two or more of our staff.  

Please submit up to THREE poems (max 7 total pages), TWO prose piece (max 3000 words per story), or FOUR art pieces in the same document per Feedback Corner submission.  

Anything over this, and we will not provide feedback.  Don't waste your money, please.

Note: Feedback Corner submissions are NOT put into consideration for issues. This is a separate category. If you would like your work to be considered for the issue, but would also like feedback on that piece regardless of the decision, please submit through the regular channels AND the Feedback Corner.
Disclaimer: we are not, by ANY means, holy masters of art. If you are going to use this feature, understand that we are sending our subjective thoughts on your work. It is completely up to you what you get from our comments. All we want to do is open this resource to you so that if you wish to utilize what we say, great.  If not, that is entirely your choice.

Any questions, email us at theblueshiftjournal@gmail.com.  All proceeds go towards our goal of paying future contributors.