art, poetry, flash fiction,

flash essay, photography

An equinox is equidistant,
poised on the edge
of one thing or another,
balanced on the cusp
of change or transformation.

 biannual, digital, multimedia journal

hotpoet has launched Equinox, a biannual digital multimedia journal that showcases poets, writers, and artists. While solstices are the extremes of the year, an equinox is equidistant, poised on the edge of one thing or another, the cusp of change or transformation. With this archetypal significance in mind, Equinox strives to explore the contemplative and motivational power of writers and artists; to celebrate how word and image
can create a world and then change it.  

We invite you to send us your poems, flash fiction, flash essay, photography, and art. We look for contemplative, argumentative, globally aware, despair-resistant, and apathy-abolishing works. 

Submission Periods and Publication Dates:

Spring Submission: December 15th through February 12th, with a publication date of March 20th.

We accept submissions via Submittable. 

Fall Submission: June 15th through August 1st with a publication date of September 21st.


Submission Guidelines:
You may submit up to 3 pieces of art, poetry, or flash fiction for a reading fee of $5, which will be used toward ongoing programs and publications at hotpoet, and which will fund a $100 “best in show” prize for every category of work (poetry, prose, and image) in every edition of Equinox.


Spring Theme: Fire|flies

Since fire does indeed fly, both literally and metaphorically, this theme is open to a variety of interpretations. You might reminisce about the fireflies that flickered over your parents' lawn as a child, the ones you caught and trapped in mason jars. Perhaps you explore the spark of passion between two people (or more than two). Maybe it is an intellectual spark that leads even to revolutions and brings down power structures. Fire could also refer to anger and conflict, whether on a personal or national level. Or you might address this theme literally, bringing awareness to the environmental crisis that has caused rampant wildfires to rage, leaving death and destruction in their path. Or something else entirely...We encourage you to listen to your own muse and share your fresh and original interpretations of this theme.

Fall Theme: To be announced.