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Submissions for aurora Issue 2: Kira-Kira are now closed.

✨ In addition to our usual focus on nature writing and feminism, our upcoming second issue of aurora will be centered around the theme kira-kira. In Japanese, “kira-kira” キラキラ is an onomatopoeic word for glittering or shining. Whether it’s the gem-like reflections of the ocean, or the mysterious glint in a cavern, or the look in someone’s eye, some things are just light. We want to hear about it. ✨

Stay tuned on our website and social media for announcements about the release of our second issue!

aurora publishes creative visual art, poetry, hybrid pieces, and original translations of poetry with a focus on feminism and/or nature writing by womxn writers and artists. We are also seeking blog articles from womxn writers.

Please send up to 5 pages of poetry. Begin a new poem at the start of each page, unless the poem does not require page breaks. Optionally, include an audio recording of the poem.

Please send up to 5 pages poetry translated into English. Begin a new poem at the start of each page, unless the poem does not require page breaks. Optionally, include an audio recording of the translation.

Please send up to 5 pieces of your adventurous visual art, photography illustrations, paintings, and other creative multimedia.

Our blog features articles regarding literary translation, book reviews, interviews, literary movements, and nonfiction essays with a focus on feminism and/or nature writing.

Please send your blog article along with a short cover letter detailing your pitch for the article.

  1. All written submissions must be sent via email to submissions.aurorajournal@gmail.com as a Microsoft document file (.doc, .docx). The subject headline should include your submission genre and your name: GENRE-Submitter Name (e.g. POETRY-Maria Del Pueblo).
  2. All art submissions must be sent via email to submissions.aurorajournal@gmail.com as jpeg or pdf file. The subject headline should include your submission genre and your name: GENRE-Submitter Name (e.g ART-Maria Del Pueblo).
  3. Please note that aurora takes first publication rights of accepted pieces and may also reprint work or excerpts on our website and social media for the purpose of publicizing the magazine. All submissions must include a statement granting us these permissions to publish your work(s), and a brief biography by the contributor (written in third-person with your specified pronouns, 100 word limit, and optionally, your social media handles) in the body of the email.
  4. We accept multiple submissions, but please send them in different emails. For example: one email for art, one email for translations, etc.
  5. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if one of your pieces is accepted for publication elsewhere so we can congratulate you and withdraw the piece from our submission pool.

Please feel free to send any questions or concerns to submissions.aurorajournal@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram or Twitter.

Thank you for your interest in our journal. We are eagerly waiting to discover your work!

note: at the moment, we cannot pay contributors 😔 we hope that with your support we will be able to in the future 🌷