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, including poetry; two works of visual art per submission.

Use the General form for prose up to 3,500 words. 

Works longer than 3,500 words must be submitted through one of the other forms. If they are submitted through the General form, they will be declined unread.

Using the Fast Flux (two-week turnaround or less)? Select the correct fee option to avoid delays. 

All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog). Simultaneous submissions welcome. Submit as many times as you like. 

For the 2020 edition of the Single Word contest, Sunspot is handing the megaphone over to authors and artists. Submit the single word you feel is the most important in today’s world.

You’ll have 1,000 words to describe why using any form of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. If you feel the word speaks for itself, your description can simply state that fact.

Artwork is also accepted for this prize. Submit one image and up to 250 words describing the artwork’s relationship to the single word.

Since English doesn’t always convey exact shades of meaning, the word you select can be in any language. A definition written in English will be required, and the definition will count toward the total word count of the description. The description must also be in English.

For the first edition of this contest in 2019, the prize was $50. In 2020, the prize has increased to $500.

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. 

Enter as many times as you like, 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.

Entry fee is $10.

Opens January 1, 2020. 

Closes March 31, 2020 at midnight EST.

We accept all types of fiction and nonfiction including essays, memoir, and travel; microfiction, flash, short stories, poetry, lyrics, teleplays, film and stage scripts. 

Length: 501 to 3,500 words. Individual poems and lyrics should be 2 pages or less. 

One written piece per submission, please. Additional written pieces will not be reviewed. 

Longer poems, fiction, scripts and nonfiction should be submitted using the appropriate form. 

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 the type of work: poem, short story, essay, etc. Submit as many as you like, but only one piece per submission.  

We accept all types of flash fiction and nonfiction including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts.
Maximum length is 500 words.
One piece per submission, please. Additional pieces will not be reviewed.
Longer poems, fiction, scripts and nonfiction should be submitted using the appropriate form.
In your cover letter, please indicate whether the piece is fiction or nonfiction. 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.

Flash Fiction & Nonfiction up to 500 words, use the Flash option.

Visual art, prose from 501 to 3,500 words, and single poems no longer than 2 pages pay the Fast Flux: General Submission fee. 

Longer works of fiction and nonfiction: Select the correct option based on length.   

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.  
 

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. If your area isn't listed in the add-on option, contact us directly for shipping charges. Available while supplies last. Thank you for helping out so that Sunspot can help others. 

Artwork selected for use as the cover for any edition will be paid $20. For Sunspot's digital editions, we accept artwork, photography, video stills, graphic novel frames, illustrations, paintings, and cartoons. Submit as many times as you like, but only two works per submission.  

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 the payments made to our fantastic contributors. 

We're all in this together. Thank you for helping out so that Sunspot can help others. 

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