WRITING A NEW WORLD

Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor's Prize of $35 for each digital edition (four times per year), and an Editor's Prize of $50 for the annual print edition (published once per year). 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 prose submission (except poetry). 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.

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All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog).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

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 graphic novel strives for the same intent. Openings contain a spark that promises to burn.

For Sunspot Lit’s 2021 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 and comic book entries should be the first page (unlimited number of panels on that page) with a maximum of 250 words (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.

Open: July 1, 2021 

Close: September 30, 2021

Entry fee: $10

Prize: $500 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 flash nonfiction including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts. A single poem up to 40 lines can be submitted here. We offer a $35 editor's prize for each quarterly digital edition, and a $50 editor's prize for the annual print edition.
Maximum flash length is 500 words.
One piece per submission, please (except for artists). Additional written works will not be reviewed.
In your cover letter, please indicate length and whether the piece is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. 

We accept all types of fiction and nonfiction including essays, memoir, and travel; microfiction, flash, short stories, poetry, lyrics, teleplays, film and stage scripts. We offer a $35 editor's prize for each quarterly digital edition, and a $50 editor's prize for the annual print edition.

Prose or script length: one work of 501 to 3,500 words. 

Poetry and lyrics should be no more than 3 works, 10 pages total.

Reviews of books, films, art exhibitions, galleries, and exhibits should run 350 words up to 1,250 words.  

In your cover letter, please indicate whether the work is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. 

Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, between 3,501 and 7,500 words can be submitted here. A single poem of up to 300 lines is accepted here. We offer a $35 editor's prize for each quarterly digital edition, and a $50 editor's prize for the annual print edition. 

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. We offer a $35 editor's prize for each quarterly digital edition, and a $50 editor's prize for the annual print edition.

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. We offer a $35 editor's prize for each quarterly digital edition, and a $50 editor's prize for the annual print edition.
 

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. We offer a $35 editor's prize for each quarterly digital edition, and a $50 editor's prize for the annual print edition.
 

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. We offer a $35 editor's prize for each quarterly digital edition, and a $50 editor's prize for the annual print edition.

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.   

Sunspot Literary Journal is seeking articles, essays, even fiction and poems that offer advice and thoughts on the creative life related to any creative form. How-to, features, reports on current trends, commentaries, real experiences, and roundups are some of the areas accepted. Some examples of the kinds of works we’re interested in:

Writing tips for authors or stories about authors/artists

Tool roundups for heritage craft producers

Thoughtful or lyric essays on the creative lifestyle

Features on the impact of residency programs 

Personal or fictional experiences at retreats

What to expect from a workshop, or artwork/stories/poetry generated in a workshop paired with a commentary about the process of creating in the workshop

How to engage with a community or poetry about community outreach

Marketing advice for authors/artists

No limit on word count, although 1,500 to 3,000 words provides the strongest target range.

Payment for these pieces will be $0.01 per word ($50 US maximum per piece). Please include a third-person bio of 50 to 75 words in your cover letter. Pieces will be published in the final 2021 edition, scheduled for release in December.

One piece per submission. 

All submissions must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions welcome. Submit as many times as you like.

Open: January 1, 2021

Close: October 31, 2021

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