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 up to 49,000 words. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome.

One piece per prose 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.

Poets can submit one or two items using different forms. 

Artists can submit one or two items using different forms.

The Fast Flux options offer a one-week turnaround for prose and art. Poets receive a two-week turnaround, with most responses being sent 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All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog).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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Authors & Artists Eligible

Endings carry a heavy weight. They must bring all the disparate elements of a poem, work of prose, or art series together while also proving an exit point that will smolder in the reader’s or viewer’s mind. 

This year, Sunspot Lit is launching Culmination: $500 for a Prose, Poem, or Art Ending. No restrictions on theme, category, or the length of the piece from which the beginning is excerpted. Word limit is 250 for prose, 25 words for poetry. 

Graphic novel entries should be the last page with a maximum of 250 words; cut the number of panels to meet the word count, if necessary. 

Visual art entries should be the last in a series, gallery lineup, or themed collection. Artists may use up to 250 words to describe the series, lineup or collection. 

Titles are not included in the word count.   

Open: October 1, 2020

Close: December 31, 2020

Entry fee: $5 

Prize: $500 cash, publication for the winner, publication offered to runners-up and finalists. 

Sunspot asks for first rights only; all rights revert to the contributor after publication. Works, along with the creators’ bylines, are published in the next quarterly digital edition an average of one month after contest completion as well as the annual fall print edition. 

Works should be unpublished except on a personal blog or website. Artists offered publication may display their pieces in galleries, festivals or shows throughout the publication contract period.  

Enter as many times as you like through Submittable, but only one piece per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece if it is published elsewhere before the winner is selected.

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 150 lines 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 of 51 to 300 lines 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 301 and 600 lines is also accepted.  

Need to hear back quickly? Use this form to receive a response in one week for prose or art, or two weeks or less for poetry. 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 first or second 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 601 and 875 lines 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 876 and 1,250 lines is also accepted.  
 

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