Spectrum is an annual journal of art and literature published by UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies. Founded in 1957, it is the longest-standing literary magazine in the UC system. We frequently receive and accept submissions from several other distinguished universities outside of the UC system, such as Sarah Lawrence College and Cornell University. Over the years, Spectrum has published work by luminaries like Alex Ortolani, Jervey Tervalon, Chris Lauer, William Carlos Williams, and Raymond Carver.


The 2016-2017 Issue of Spectrum will be an anthology edition, showcasing a variety of work from the past few decades.  As such, we will not be accepting submissions this year.

Spectrum typically accepts submissions on a rolling basis.

We accept art, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction works from everyone, regardless of age or school affiliation. Art can be either black and white, or in color. Any form of poetry and any genre of fiction is allowed; non-fiction works can range from interviews, personal essays, and creative or scholarly essays. We do not follow themes and no subject will be censored. 


Subscriptions are available for $10 per volume. Previous issues may be requested, but only while supplies last. To subscribe or order individual copies, please send your order with your mailing address, plus a check made out to UC Regents, sent to:

Spectrum c/o College of Creative Studies

University of California

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6110

Our email address is: spectrum@ccs.ucsb.edu