WRITING A NEW WORLD
Sunspot Literary Journal is dedicated to amplifying diverse multinational voices. We offer an Editor's Prize of $50 for the annual edition. Artwork selected for a cover will be paid $20. Visit SunspotLit.com to download digital editions for free.
All types of prose from flash fiction and poetry to stories and essays, including scripts and screenplays, are welcome. We also accept long-form, novelette, and novella length works. Translations welcome, especially with access to the piece in the author's original language.
One piece per prose submission; two works of visual art per submission.
Use the correct form according to the length of your prose and poetry. Works longer than allowed by the form used will be declined unread.
The Fast Flux options offer a two-week turnaround, with most responses going out within one week.
All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog). Simultaneous submissions welcome. Submit as many times as you like.
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100 Bucks for 100 Words Contest
Microfiction, micro essay, micro memoir, short poem, micro script, micro screenplay...if it's 100 words or less, it might be worth $100. No restrictions on theme or category.
In addition to receiving the cash prize, the winner will be published. Select finalists will have the chance to be published. Sunspot asks for first rights only; all rights revert to the contributor after publication.
Works accepted for publication include bylines and biographies. These are published in the next quarterly digital edition an average of one month after contest completion. All the published pieces will be considered for inclusion in the annual fall print edition.
Enter as many times as you like. One piece per submission. Pieces must be unpublished except on a personal blog or website. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Work can have won other awards without being disqualified.
Open April 1, 2020
Closes: June 30, 2020
We accept all types of flash fiction and nonfiction including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts. A single poem up to 25 lines can be submitted here.
Maximum flash length is 500 words.
One piece per submission, please. Additional pieces will not be reviewed.
In your cover letter, please indicate whether the piece is fiction, nonfiction, or a poem. Submit as many as you like.
We accept all types of fiction and nonfiction including essays, memoir, and travel; microfiction, flash, short stories, poetry, lyrics, teleplays, film and stage scripts.
Prose or script length: one work of 501 to 3,500 words.
Poetry and lyrics should be 1 or 2 works, maximum 3 pages total.
Artist may submit up to 2 images.
Reviews of books, films, art exhibitions, galleries, and exhibits should run between 350 words up to 1,250 words.
In your cover letter, please indicate whether the work is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Submit as many as you like.
Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, between 3,501 and 7,500 words can be submitted here. A single poem over 2 pages up to 12 pages is accepted here.
Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 7,501 words up to 17,500 words should be submitted using this form. A single poem between 13 and 24 pages is also accepted.
Need to hear back quickly? Use this form to receive a response in two weeks or less. Submit any category or type of work here.
Be sure to select the correct fee option based on length. Incorrect fee selection will result in rejection without consideration.
Visual artists, use the General fee option.
Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 17,501 to 29,000 words should be submitted using this form. A single poem between 25 and 35 pages is also accepted.
Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 29,001 to 49,000 words should be submitted using this form. A single poem between 36 and 50 pages is also accepted.
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