The Closed Eye Open is an art & literature website that was started as an exploration of consciousness. Our main goal is to feature a wide-range of art forms that connect in some way with this pursuit. We welcome everyone who has interest in this topic, from established writers & artists, to those in academic disciplines, to those who simply are fascinated with how the mind works.

We're interested in a multi-disciplinary approach to consciousness. Whether you're own interest in consciousness stems from from a scientific background, a spiritual tradition, a liberal arts discipline, or a intrinsic desire to investigate your own subjective world, you have a place here. We would like to explore the creative output of anyone who has spend time with the big questions--whether those questions are on the grand cosmic scale, are more focused on the human condition, or are grounded in personal and practical concerns.

Although we are emphasizing subject matter that includes "heightened" consciousness of visionary, mystical, and psychedelic states, we're very much open to work where these areas are not the primary focus. Work that engages with the consciousness in other ways are certainly welcome, whether that engagement is obvious or subtle.


Here are the general submission guidelines:

  • Between 1-10 visual art pieces; .jpeg file type preferred. Send file sizes that are convenient for you and we will ask for higher resolution images if needed for publication.
  • 1-6 poems (send in a single file, .doc/.docx preferred).
  • 1-3 pieces of short fiction or flash fiction (10 page/3,000 word maximum as a total length of submission)
  • 1-3 pieces of creative non-fiction/essay (10 page/3,000 word maximum as a total length of submission)

Include your artist statement/cover letter, a short 3rd person bio, as well as any relevant links to your website/social media. For art submissions, you may also add a list of titles as you would like them to appear.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw pieces from consideration if they are accepted elsewhere.

If your work is accepted, you agree to give The Closed Eye Open online publishing and archival rights; following publication, all rights revert back to the author/artist. We ask that you credit The Closed Eye Open if the work is published elsewhere in the future.

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Here are the visual art submission guidelines:

  • Between 1-10 visual art pieces; .jpeg file type preferred. Send file sizes that are convenient for you and we will ask for higher resolution images if needed for publication.
  • Visual art may include painting, drawing, photography & print-making, digital art, and hybrid forms.
  • We generally view each piece individually, so feel free to submit pieces that vary in style or subject matter. If you prefer to have your submission viewed as a collection, please note that in the cover letter.


Include your artist statement/cover letter, a short 3rd person bio, as well as any relevant links to your website/social media. For art submissions, you may also add a list of titles as you would like them to appear.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw pieces from consideration if they are accepted elsewhere. If your work is accepted, you agree to give The Closed Eye Open online publishing and archival rights; following publication, all rights revert back to the author/artist. We ask that you credit The Closed Eye Open if the work is published elsewhere in the future. 

Ends on $3.50
$3.50

Here are the poetry submission guidelines:

  •  1-6 poems (send in a single file, .doc/.docx preferred). 
  • We'll use the category of "poetry" to include prose poems, micros, experimental writing, and other hybrid forms.
  • We generally view each piece individually, so feel free to submit pieces that vary in style or subject matter. If you prefer to have your submission viewed as a collection, please note that in the cover letter.


Include your artist statement/cover letter, a short 3rd person bio, as well as any relevant links to your website/social media. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw pieces from consideration if they are accepted elsewhere. If your work is accepted, you agree to give The Closed Eye Open online publishing and archival rights; following publication, all rights revert back to the author/artist. We ask that you credit The Closed Eye Open if the work is published elsewhere in the future. 

Here are the fiction submission guidelines:

  •  1-3 pieces of short fiction or flash fiction (10 page/3,000 word maximum as a total length of submission) 
  • We generally view each piece individually, so feel free to submit pieces that vary in style or subject matter. If you prefer to have your submission viewed as a collection, please note that in the cover letter.
  • Send a single file, .doc/.docx preferred. 

 
Include your artist statement/cover letter, a short 3rd person bio, as well as any relevant links to your website/social media. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw pieces from consideration if they are accepted elsewhere. If your work is accepted, you agree to give The Closed Eye Open online publishing and archival rights; following publication, all rights revert back to the author/artist. We ask that you credit The Closed Eye Open if the work is published elsewhere in the future. 

Here are the non-fiction/essay submission guidelines:

  •  1-3 pieces of creative non-fiction/essay (10 page/3,000 word maximum as a total length of submission) 
  • Send a single file, .doc/.docx preferred. 

  
Include your artist statement/cover letter, a short 3rd person bio, as well as any relevant links to your website/social media. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw pieces from consideration if they are accepted elsewhere. If your work is accepted, you agree to give The Closed Eye Open online publishing and archival rights; following publication, all rights revert back to the author/artist. We ask that you credit The Closed Eye Open if the work is published elsewhere in the future.