HEARING EVERY VOICE

WRITING A NEW WORLD

Sunspot Literary Journal is a project dedicated to publishing the best new voices in fiction, poetry, and lyric essays. Words speak truth to those in power by drawing on the power of every human being. 

FICTION WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

Flash fiction, poetry, short stories, literary works and genre stories are welcome at Sunspot. Flash fiction is anything up to 1,000 words. Short stories are classified as anything from 1,000 to 10,000 words. Please submit short stories over 10,000 words and poems of more than 15 pages through the Supernova submission form.

NONFICTION THAT EXPANDS

Send us your lyric essays. Offer up thoughts that blind. If it's unique, we want to consider it. Standard nonfiction submissions run any length up to 10,000 words. Nonfiction of more than 10,000 words should be submitted through the Supernova submission form. 

General and contest submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog) and made through Submittable. When our previously published call is available, submit all works through that form with a note on where and when it was previously published. Simultaneous submissions welcome in all categories.  

Double-spaced text for all submissions except poetry. Times New Roman 12 point font or similar. Submit as many as you like, but only one work per submission.  

Send us your best work. If you revise a work after submission, you can withdraw your original version and resubmit by paying a new submission fee.  

Ends on March 31, 2019$5.00
$5.00

Words are important. Words are so powerful that certain ones have been weaponized to use against specific groups of people. 

C*nt is one of many, but in the world today, it is more incendiary than ever. Submit a story, essay, poem, or art piece that tells us about c*nt in your life: When did you first encounter the word? Have you taken on this word and ones like it as a rallying cry? Have you ever used it to refer to someone else?

Send us your rants, your ribald comedy, a poem, or a photo that cuts to the core. You do not have to use the word within your submission as long as you are conjuring the essence of some element of this word and its use. 

All submissions for this contest will be compiled for a special edition of Sunspot Literary Journal. FIrst place winners and two runners-up from each category will be published in summer of 2019. 

All first-place winners will be considered for a cash award. The best of the best will receive $50. 

Ends on March 31, 2019$5.00
$5.00

Sunspot Literary Journal is launching this year, and needs a logo that can be used on the digital and print editions as well as the website. 

Submit your best idea for a logo that fits with our mission: Hearing Every Voice, Changing the World Through Words. 

View Sunspot's website (SunspotLit.com) for details on our approach. Then submit your best idea. 

Submit as many times as you like to this contest. Winner receives $40, coverage in the first edition, and coverage on the website. 

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, including art and photos, except long-form fiction and nonfiction. Long-form fiction and nonfiction must be submitted under the Supernova form.  

Ends on February 28, 2019$3.00
$3.00

All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog). Simultaneous submissions welcome.  

Poems submitted here should be 15 pages or less. We consider epic poems and stories-in-verse under the Supernova submission form. 

Single-space all poetry submissions. Submit as many times as you like, but one poem per submission. If you submit a collection under this form, only the first poem in the collection will be considered.  

We accept essays, memoir, thoughtful opinions, proposals for solutions to the world's ills, and just about anything unique. Any length up to 10,000 words is accepted for general nonfiction entries. Long-form nonfiction (from 10,000 to 29,000 words) should be submitted through the Supernova form. 

Reviews of books, films, art exhibitions, galleries, and exhibits are welcome. Reviews should run between 350 words up to 1,500 words. They can cover a single book or film, or compare multiple books/films. Fresh reviews of classic books and films critiqued with a modern eye are welcome.    

All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog). Simultaneous submissions welcome.  

Double-spaced text. Times New Roman 12 point font or similar. Submit as many as you like, but only one work per submission.  

For Sunspot's quarterly digital editions, we accept artwork, including digitally created images, and photography.

All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog). Simultaneous submissions welcome. Submit as many times as you like, but only one work per submission.  

All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog). 

 Flash fiction runs up to 1,000 words in length. The title is not included in the word count.  

Short stories can be from 1,000 words up to 10,000 words. Long-form fiction from 10,000 to 29,000 words should be submitted through the Supernova form.  

Double-spaced text. Times New Roman 12 point font or similar. Submit as many as you like, but only one work per submission.  

All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog).
Sunspot takes pride in publishing longer works that migh have difficulty being placed in other publications. Fiction and nonfiction over 10,000 words up to 29,000 words should be submitted using this form. A single poem that runs over 15 pages up to 120 pages is also accepted.  
Please note that this is not the place to submit collections of any type. Collections of stories, essays, poetry, and mixed collections can only be made during special open calls. Submit as many as you like, but only one work per submission.  

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