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 your own interest in consciousness stems from a scientific background, a spiritual tradition, a liberal arts discipline, or an 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 spent 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.

$3.50
$3.50

We are currently open for submissions to be considered for upcoming issues of The Closed Eye Open. Submissions will be considered for Issue V (Fall 2021) and beyond.

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. 

$3.50
$3.50

We are currently open for submissions to be considered for upcoming issues of The Closed Eye Open. Submissions will be considered for Issue V (Fall 2021) and beyond.

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. 

We are currently open for submissions to be considered for upcoming issues of The Closed Eye Open. Submissions will be considered for Issue V (Fall 2021) and beyond.

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 upcoming issues of The Closed Eye Open. Submissions will be considered for Issue V (Fall 2021) and beyond.

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 an ongoing 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. 

With this submission, you will receive our editor commentary. This individualized feedback includes strong points, areas to consider revising, and suggestions for further development. You will receive a response within 14 days.


Here are the poetry submission guidelines:

  •  1-4 poems / 4 pages max please (send in a single file, .doc/.docx). 
  • We'll use the category of "poetry" to include prose poems, micros, experimental writing, and other hybrid forms. (The attachment also allows image files, so if you create visual art as well, feel free to show us!)
  • 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.