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All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog).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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Beginnings have the power to spark passion or curiosity. They might immediately connect a specific place and time with an emotional tone. The best offer a feeling, atmosphere, action, or image that is gripping. 

Too often in commercially driven industries, this results in sensationalism. But meaning, thoughtfulness, emotions, or shadings of tone...that is, connection...are the impulses that draw audiences into the moment. A poem handles this differently than a flash piece, which handles an opening differently than a novel. The first photo, painting or frame presented in a gallery, series, or collection strives for the same intent. Openings contain a spark that promises to continue to burn. 

For Sunspot Lit’s 2020 Inception contest, send your best opening. There are no restrictions on theme, category, or the length of the piece or collection from which the beginning comes. Word limit is 250 for prose, 25 words for poetry. Graphic novel entries should be the first page (unlimited number of panels on that page) with a maximum of 250 words...so, cut the number of panels in order to meet the word count, if needed. Visual art entries should be the first in a series, the first in a gallery lineup, the first photo in a themed collection, etc. Entries are limited to one image with up to 250 words to describe the series, lineup or collection. 

For 2020, the entry fee has been reduced due to COVID’s economic impact.

Close: September 31, 2020

Prize: $250 cash, publication for the winner, publication offered to runners-up and finalists. 

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, 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 3 pages total (but no more than 2 poems).

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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