WRITING A NEW WORLD

Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor's Prize of $10 for each digital edition and an Editor's Prize of $35 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. 

Please take careful note of the submission deadlines. Although the journal is open year-round, the forms that allow submission of longer works close earlier in each open call segment. Submit early to avoid missing a deadline.

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All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog).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 a poem, a genre story or novel excerpt, order print copies, or leave a tip to keep art alive. 

Authors & Artists Eligible

The Goldilocks Zone appears wherever conditions make a planet habitable. Sunspot Lit is looking for the single short story, novel or novella excerpt, artwork, graphic novel, or poem that combines excellence in craft with reader or audience appeal, and thus falls into the Goldilocks Zone. Literary and genre works accepted.

Fiction and nonfiction submissions are eligible to receive feedback for an additional fee. This is entirely optional, and selecting feedback or entering the contest without feedback will have no bearing on the judging rounds. Each submission will receive a brief writeup a few paragraphs in length (about half a single-spaced page) commenting on critical strengths and weaknesses. This option is not available for art or poetry. 

First prize is $200 plus publication. Runners-up and finalists are offered publication. No restrictions on theme or category. Maximum of 2,500 words for short stories or nonfiction, 24 lines for poetry, and 8 pages for graphic novels. No size requirements for painting, photography, video stills or sculpture, although each entry is limited to one image.

Open: October 1, 2022

Close: December 19, 2022

Contest entry fee: $9.50

Prize: $200 cash and 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 in the annual 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, but only one piece per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. 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 or nonfiction; total length of submission not to exceed 1,000 words

OR

Up to three poems; total submission not to exceed 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 formats (for example, provide one poem and one flash piece as a single entry). Mixed submissions will be rejected without review. 

Note that submissions that do not meet the guidelines will be declined without review. 

Do feel free to submit in separate categories by using the same form any number of times. 

We accept all types of fiction and nonfiction including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts. Using this form, submit a single work of fiction or nonfiction, no longer than 3,500 words. Graphic novels should run 5 to 10 pages. In your cover letter, please indicate length and whether the piece is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Note that submissions that do not meet the guidelines will be declined without review.
Do feel free to submit in separate categories by using the same form any number of times. 

Sunspot Lit's Angel Leya is now offering feedback on genre fiction, with a particular emphasis on novel excerpts. She specializes in fantasy and paranormal, with experience in light sci-fi, contemporary romance, and YA.

For works up to 5,000 words, you will receive a few paragraphs (about half a single-spaced page) of comments intended to strengthen your work. For works up to 12,500 words, you'll receive around a full single-spaced page of comments.  

Submissions are capped each month, and the form will shut off once the cap is reached. 

Angel Leya is the coauthor of the USA Today bestselling book, Shifted (Siren Prophecy series), with over 12 additional novels, novellas, and short stories to her name. She’s been published in  several anthologies, including Fiddlehead Press and The Alliance of YA Authors.

She reads avidly (and writes) in the fantasy and paranormal genres, but she also has a soft spot for a good light sci fi or contemporary romance. Angel specializes in giving practical advice, with a bent toward characterization and dialog, as well as word flow, breaks in logic, and hooks.

Using this form, submit one story or excerpt. Submit as many times as you like using a new submission form for each story or excerpt. 

Sunspot Lit's poetry editor, Morrow Dowdle, is now offering feedback on poems. Using this form, submit one poem, and select the appropriate length from the dropdown menu.

Please note that poets can submit only one poem every three months. Additional poems submitted by the same poet before three months have passed with be withdrawn without review. 

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.

Buying the journal directly from Sunspot via this Submittable form sends more of the funds directly to the journal and supports the magazine's mission, content, creators, and distribution.
Shipping included to US locations.
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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 or other methods.
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. 

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