Submission Guidelines

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Carol Ann Fitzgerald
Managing Editor
The Sun
107 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

The Sun publishes interviews with innovative and provocative thinkers. We like interviews that stretch us intellectually yet remain accessible. We’re always on the lookout for voices not traditionally heard in the mass media.

We publish only question-and-answer-style interviews: no profiles. We typically pay from $1,000 to $2,000 for one-time rights, along with the option to reprint all or part of the work on our website, in our promotional materials, and in one of our anthologies.

Before you conduct an interview, send us a query telling us about the interviewee and what topics you plan to cover. (If you’ve already done the interview, no query is necessary.) Discussions with artists about their work usually don’t appeal to us. We’re particularly interested in interviews with women and people of color.

In-person interviews are best. We can sometimes help defray travel expenses, but only if you clear it with us in advance. If it’s not possible to meet face to face, we’ll consider a telephone interview. Follow-up questions, which we sometimes request after the interview is complete, can be done by phone or e-mail.

Interviews often fail because the interviewer assumes the reader is familiar with the interviewee’s work or never plays devil's advocate. The finished product should be accessible to an uninformed audience. To help avoid these pitfalls, we may ask you to send us a list of prepared questions beforehand.

After you’ve conducted the interview, you should send us a lightly edited transcript of the entire conversation. Some authors let the interviewee read the transcript and make revisions prior to submitting it. Transcripts should be at least five thousand words and can be as much as fifteen thousand. If we publish the interview, we will cut it to the length that we need and send both you and the interviewee the edited galleys for your approval prior to publication.

If the interview is turned down, you are free to submit it elsewhere. We will pay a kill fee only if one has been agreed upon in advance.

If the interview is accepted, we will ask you for an introduction of approximately one thousand words. The best introductions are creative and engaging and include a description of the interviewee and the setting in which the interview took place. Try not to quote from the interview. You may want to ask some biographical questions to obtain material for the introduction. Some facts to be sure to include are age, place of residence, degrees, and publications. We will also need a photograph of the interviewee — preferably black-and-white, in digital or print format — and complete contact information, including an e-mail address.

Submissions and queries should be typed, double-spaced, and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope for our reply.

Thank you for your interest in The Sun.