WRITING A NEW WORLD

Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor's Prize of $15 for each digital edition and an Editor's Prize of $50 for the annual print edition. Artwork selected for a digital or print cover will be paid $20. Visit SunspotLit.com to download digital editions for free.

We welcome prose from flash fiction and poetry to stories and essays, including scripts and screenplays, up to 49,000 words. Genre categories are accepted along with literary works. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome. Please note the word count in your cover letter. 

One piece per submission (except flash, poetry, or art). Use the correct form according to the length of your prose and poetry. Works longer than allowed by the form you select will be declined unread.

The Fast Flux options offer a one-week turnaround for short prose and art. Poets and longform prose 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All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog).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. 

Scroll to the bottom to receive feedback on poems, order print copies, or leave a tip to keep art alive. 

Authors & Artists Eligible
Geminga is a neutron star so small it was difficult to detect. It was named, in part, for a transcription of gh’è minga, meaning “it’s not there.”
Sunspot Lit set up Geminga: $250 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art to honor the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category. Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction, including graphic novels. Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters.
Titles are not included in the word count. Compound words separated by hyphens, numbers, and letters of the alphabet are counted as a single word. In the micropoetry category, characters include spaces, punctuation, numbers, and letters of the alphabet.
Visual art entries should be paintings, drawings, or sketches no larger than 25 inches square. Sculptural forms should be no larger than 25 inches in any dimension (length, height, or width).
Open: January 1, 2022
Close: March 31, 2022
Entry fee: $5
Prize: $250 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 two months 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 prose including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts. Using this form, submit:
One or two pieces of flash fiction; total length of submission not to exceed 1,000 words

OR

A single work of fiction or nonfiction; no longer than 3,500 words

OR 

Up to three poems; total of three pages

OR

A graphic novel of 1 to 4 pages

OR

Artwork; total of two images
In your cover letter, please indicate length and whether the piece is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. 

Please do not mix submission forms (for example, provide one poem and one flash piece as a single entry). Mixed submissions will be rejected without review. Do feel free to submit in separate categories by using the same form any number of times. 

Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, between 3,501 and 7,500 words can be submitted here. Graphic novels should run 5 to 17 pages. A single poem of 4 to 10 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. Graphic novels should be 18 to 24 pages. A single poem between 11 and 15 pages is also accepted.

Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 17,501 to 29,000 words should be submitted using this form. Graphic novels should run 25 to 50 pages. A single poem between 16 and 20 pages is also accepted. 

Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 29,001 to 49,000 words should be submitted using this form. Graphic novels should run between 51 and 100 pages. A single poem between 21 and 25 pages 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.

The lowest fee allows you to submit EITHER:

One or two pieces of flash fiction; total length of submission not to exceed 1,000 words

OR

A single work of fiction or nonfiction; no longer than 3,500 words

OR

Up to three poems; total of three pages

OR

A graphic novel of 1 to 4 pages

OR

Artwork; total of two images

All other prose submissions should use the appropriate fee associated with the work's length.  

Be sure to select the correct fee option based on length. Incorrect fee selection will result in rejection without consideration.

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Sunspot Lit's poetry editor, Morrow Dowdle, is now offering feedback on poems. Using this form, submit one poem of up to three pages in length.
Dowdle is the author of the chapbook Nature v. Nurture (Artagem Graphic Library). Her poetry has been featured in River and South Review, Poetry South, Dandelion Review, NonBinary Review, Pink Panther Magazine, Panoply, APIARY, The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Edison Literary Review, River Poets Quarterly, The Griffin, Philadelphia Stories, and Prism, among other publications.

She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  She is an active member of the Living Poetry collective in the North Carolina Triangle area.  She also writes graphic novels, including An Unlikely Refugee, which is now part of a permanent exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Submit as many times as you like using a new submission form for each poem. 

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Shipping available to foreign addresses for additional fee. Only pay the extra shipping fee once for up to 3 copies. 

If you would like to order more copies than shown in the drop-down menu, please contact us at sunspotlit@gmail.com so we can arrange your payment through PayPal. 

Thank you for helping out so that Sunspot can help others. 

Miss out on the 2020 edition, or need extra copies? Now you can order this edition of Sunspot Literary Journal at the discounted price of $20. 

Quantities are limited, and the form will shut off when no more discounted copies remain. 

Buying the journal directly from Sunspot sends more of the funds directly to the journal and supports the magazine's mission, content, creators, and distribution.
Shipping included to US locations.
Shipping available to foreign addresses for additional fee. Only pay the extra shipping fee once for up to 3 copies.
If you would like to order more copies than shown in the drop-down menu, please contact us at sunspotlit@gmail.com so we can arrange your payment through PayPal.
Thank you for helping out so that Sunspot can help others. 

Miss out on the 2019 edition, or need extra copies? Now you can order this edition of Sunspot Literary Journal at the heavily discounted price of $15.
Quantities are limited, and the form will shut off when no more discounted copies remain.
Buying the journal directly from Sunspot sends more of the funds directly to the journal and supports the magazine's mission, content, creators, and distribution.
Shipping included to US locations.
Shipping available to foreign addresses for additional fee. Only pay the extra shipping fee once for up to 3 copies.
If you would like to order more copies than shown in the drop-down menu, please contact us at sunspotlit@gmail.com so we can arrange your payment through PayPal.
Thank you for helping out so that Sunspot can help others. 

Use this form to support Sunspot Literary Journal's mission, content, creators, and distribution. Funds are used to defray the cost of publication and distribution as well as to cover stipends to our fantastic contributors. 

We're all in this together. Thank you for helping out so that Sunspot can help others. Free downloads of quarterly editions are available on the website

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