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.

We are currently hard at work on our 2th issue, which will be released at the beginning of December. This is a great time for us to begin a partnership with a few like-minded people who will be able to help us expand our reach.

See our website and first issue to get a feel for our publication and our interests. If you have experience in any of the following, and your skills seems to be a good fit, please send us your information. We are open to hearing your suggestions!

  • Posting social media content (especially Instagram)
  • Finding potential partners and advertisers.
  • Expanding visibility of a website/business.

Although this is a volunteer position, we are very willing to help you in return in any way we can.

The Ripples on the Pond project will seek to connect the creative work of our readers with some of our perennial favorites—writers who have influenced us greatly, who have inspired us to create, who have furthered our learning about ourselves and the world around us.

If you think about your own creative process—maybe even back to how you got stared with it in the first place—you might find a few helpful guides such as teachers and mentors, perhaps a wise sage or slightly more advanced contemporary who pushed you beyond your limits. If you have collected artifacts from the pre-digital age, maybe you’ll find some yellowed, coffee-ringed copies of the books you have returned to time and time again.

The particularly strong influences we encounter send ripples into later life. The messages carry on and disperse, only to become enveloped within another ripple pattern….

This first rock we will toss into the pond is preeminent mythologist Joseph Campbell and his central concept of the hero’s journey, as outlined in his classic work The Hero with a Thousand Faces. (For a quick refresher, see https://www.tlu.ee/~rajaleid/montaazh/Hero%27s%20Journey%20Arch.pdf.)

This submission is open to any written work (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and hybrid forms), as well as visual art in any medium. For written work, please submit pieces under 1,000 words (although exceptions can apply to work that is particularly compelling to the given themes).

The submitted pieces can be any type (poetry, prose, art) and can relate to any of the following hero’s journey stages:

· The Call to Adventure

· Refusal of the Call

· Supernatural Aid (Meeting a Mentor)

· Crossing the Threshold

· The Ordeal (“The Belly of the Whale”)

· The Road of Trials (Initiation)

· Atonement

· Apotheosis

· The Ultimate Boon (Reward)

· Resurrection (Crossing the Return Threshold)

· Master of Two Worlds

· Return Home (Renewal)

Both literal and figurative interpretations of these themes are welcomed. In the “Cover Letter” section of the submission form, please include a brief explanation of how your submitted piece(s) connect with one or more of the hero’s journey stages.

Online publication is planned for late winter 2021.

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We are currently open for submissions to be considered for Issue II of The Closed Eye Open. This issue is planned for a Winter 2020 release. Once the allotment is reached for Issue II, these submissions will continue to be considered for Issue III (Spring 2021).

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. 

We are currently open for submissions to be considered for Issue II of The Closed Eye Open. This issue is planned for a Winter 2020 release. Once the allotment is reached for Issue II, these submissions will continue to be considered for Issue III (Spring 2021).

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. 

We are currently open for submissions to be considered for Issue II of The Closed Eye Open. This issue is planned for a Winter 2020 release. Once the allotment is reached for Issue II, these submissions will continue to be considered for Issue III (Spring 2021).

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. 


In between main issues of The Closed Eye Open, we have a new supplemental feature on our website. This little “extra” is called Maya's Micros and exclusively features the littlest form of creative writing—micros. Whether you consider them micro-poems or micro-fictions, they are welcome here… as long as each individual piece is 108 or fewer. (Why 108, you may ask? Have fun speculating:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/108_(number).)


Here are the submission guidelines:

  •  Up to 6 pieces (send in a single file, .doc/.docx). You may send both poetry & fiction in the same submission.
  • Each individual piece must be 108 words or fewer (not counting title).
  • 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 cover letter/submission info, 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.